Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg challenges the OECD countries to step up international cooperation to plug tax holes. “To ensure the financing of the welfare society and to uphold the confidence in our tax systems, we should see to it that international corporations pay a reasonable amount of tax”, says Jens Stoltenberg.
Norway this year chairs the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris, with the theme: “It’s all about people; Jobs, Equality and Trust”. At present there are 200 million unemployed in the world, and many countries see an alarmingly high unemployment among young people.
“Employment is our most important resource. We cannot afford letting young people be unemployed. The OECDs Ministerial Council Meeting will pass an action plan against youth unemployment. This will mark the organisation’s work in the coming years”, says Stoltenberg.
Prime Minister Stoltenberg today held the opening speech at the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting. One of his main topics was the fight against so called aggressive tax planning.
“By aggressive tax planning international corporations can end up paying little or no tax at all. This is not acceptable. With public finances under strain in many countries, people have to endure higher taxes and poorer public services. We cannot accept that international corporations do not contribute at all”, Stoltenberg said.
In his speech the Prime Minister focused on the OECD’s preparation of an action plan against aggressive tax planning. He challenged OECD countries to further enhance international cooperation in this field.
“We should all strengthen our international efforts to plug tax holes, through international treaties as well as in our respective national tax codes. This will be a difficult task and will call for broad, international cooperation. I call on the OECD, the G20 and other international forums to keep the fight against tax holes and unemployment on top of their agendas», says Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.