No EU tax for SMS and email

by admin June 2, 2006 at 10:55 am

Minister answers concerns about messaging levy

MEP Alain Lamassoure has hit back at reports that he is championing a tax on SMS and email messages to fund the European Union.

“My remarks have been interpreted as a proposal to tax SMS and emails to the benefit of the European budget,” Lamassoure said in an email to

“I insist that these ideas are not on the table for our European work and I have no intention of putting them on the table. Internet users who felt affected by the press coverage can be reassured.”

Lamassoure explained that his job in the European Parliament is to propose reforms for the financing of the Community budget, and that this issue fell to the member states since the EU does not have the power to raise tax.

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