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Dutch ports respond to EU taxation case

Numerous port authorities in the Netherlands are now countering the EU Commission, which is calling for many ports to pay regular corporate taxes starting 2017. "We are not against paying corporation tax, but then it should apply to all European sea ports," says the CFO of Rotterdam.

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Dutch port authorities will appeal the EU Commission's decision requiring that the ports pay regular corporate taxes from 2017. This is evident in a statement from the port authorities in Rotterdam, on behalf of the ports in Amsterdam, Groningen, Moederdijk, Den Helder and Zeeland. At the beginning of January, the European Union's Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, criticized the Netherlands, Belgium and France for not charging taxes from a series of ports, which thus get a competitive edge over other European ports.

"(...) The Commission's decisions today regarding the Netherlands, Belgium and France make clear that if port operators generate profits from economic activities these should be taxed under the normal national tax laws to avoid distortions of competition," the commissioner stated as the EU Commission recently opened up for comments regarding the new measure.

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