MEP Alfred Sant has said that consideration should be made of how new tax policies he voted for, will impact the sovereignty of EU Member States.
Dr Sant was speaking shortly after voting in favour of a new report which brought forward a raft of tax policies aimed at ensuring greater gender equality within EU Member States.
He said that it should be up to EU Member States to find a ways to implement these into their own mechanisms and infrastructure, rather than allow the EU to institute a ‘one-size-fits-all policy’.
‘I have voted in favour of this report for its progressive social stance, despite disagreeing with a number of considerations on tax. Tax policies may constitute important tools for social equity and consequently for ensuring gender equality. They may play a role in women’s rights and poverty alleviation, by encouraging women’s employment and their economic independence.’, he stated.
The report is understood to have been adopted by 313 votes in favour, with 276 votes against and 88 abstentions.