13 December 2021

The Future of Taxation in Europe: the Long-Lasting Battle Between Fair and Competitive Policies

In the last OED POLICY DEEP-DIVE of the year – hosted by our partner, Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) – we will be looking at the recent debate on European tax reform plans.

The G20 summit in Rome (30 – 31 October) has highlighted a growing concern for tax competition between the world’s most developed countries, proposing the imposition of minimum taxation for multinational corporations and global value chains. In early October, the European Commission announced that an EU directive to implement a corporate minimum tax rate could be announced before the end of the year. As the world tries to emerge from the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the push for a fairer tax system fit for the digital economy continues, European countries wonder how this will affect national fiscal policies.

We will be joined by Alessandro BarattieriAssociate Professor of Economics at the École des sciences de la gestion of The University of Québec in Montréal, and Maricla Pennesichairman of the Tax Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Italy and member of the Business Industry Advisory Board (an advisory body for the OECD on tax matters). 

During the conversation with your peers, you will be able to share your own views and learn about other national and parliamentary perspectives.

  • What are the most important challenges arising from the digitalization of the economy for national tax systems?
  • With the debate on tax reform restarting, what is the role of national parliamentarians?
  • What are the different countries’ positions on the future of taxation in Europe?
  • Is the game of tax competition changing, and in what way?



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