Polish report presents violations of rule of law by the Netherlands
Representatives of Solidary Poland, a junior member of the ruling bloc, presented a report to the Sejm (lower house) on Monday referring to a "violation of the rule of law by the Netherlands."
The report is entitled "Violation of the rule of law by the Netherlands - Tax fraud in the EU."
Deputy Minister of State Assets Janusz Kowalski told a press conference that Dutch legislation makes it possible to benefit from participation in the single market and then to transfer profits outside the European Union, including to tax havens.
He added that the Netherlands has certain state characteristics and a tax system that enables aggressive tax planning. "What does that mean? It means that through companies that can be registered in the Netherlands, the profits of companies operating in the European Union are transferred outside the European Union," said Kowalski.
The deputy head of state assets said that the functioning of a state, which allows for the operation of companies which siphon off and transfer profits outside the European Union, directly violates the financial interests of the European Union.
Deputy Minister of Justice Sebastian Kaleta said the report would be subject to an in-depth analysis by his ministry in the coming days. "It should be examined whether the tax system in force in the Netherlands raises doubts, as to whether it is fair and in solidarity with the other member states," he said.
In turn, ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party MEP Dominik Tarczyński, who is a member of the European Parliament's Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO), said that he would present the report to the committee because, in his opinion, it is in the interests of the European Union.