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EU President backs Kenny over tax battle

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny yesterday received the backing of the president of the European Union in his efforts to resist standardised rates being introduced across Europe.

The European Commission is pushing a policy of corporation tax harmonisation. But Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he was in favour of low taxes and opposed to tax harmonisation.

Hungary holds the presidency of the European Union and Mr Orban was in Government Buildings to discuss a range of items on the EU agenda.

"I made it clear that Hungary will always be for a low level of taxation. We would not prefer to have tax harmonisation in Europe," Mr Orban said.

Mr Kenny welcomed Mr Orban's support.

"The prime minister is a very strong proponent of lower tax rates and he understands exactly Ireland's position," he said.

Irish Independent