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Foreign Minister: Hungary Opposed to Tax Harmonisation by Brussels

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.06.13.

Hungary rejects efforts by Brussels to advance “a kind of socialist, utopian economic strategy” through tax harmonisation and the communitisation of taxation, Péter Szijjártó, the foreign affairs and trade minister, said at a conference organised by business daily Vilaggazdasag on Thursday.

Tax harmonisation, conducted by unifying member states’ tax policies, would set back competitiveness while making taxation a supranational, rather than a sovereign matter, would spread the burden resulting from the undisciplined fiscal policy of some governments to other countries, Szijjártó said.

Hungary’s tight fiscal policy, as well as extraordinary efforts, have produced a decline in public debt relative to GDP even while the government initiates tax cuts, he added.

Szijjártó said cutting taxes further would be one of the government’s main tasks in the coming years. Businesses are expected to plough back savings from the lower taxes on labour into higher remuneration and technological developments, he added.

In the featured photo: Péter Szijjártó. Photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI