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Hungary, Czechs wary of EU tax harmonisation plan

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Published: 15th Dec 2011 17:35:32

Hungary and the Czech Republic have raised concerns about the EU's plans for closer fiscal union, saying they should apply only to eurozone states.

Hungarian PM Viktor Orban said he did not wish to join any deal that moved towards tax harmonisation.

Britain has refused to sign up to an EU summit deal, but all nine other non-eurozone states say they will let their parliaments decide.

Czech PM Petr Necas said a common tax policy would not be "good for us".

France and Germany have called for eurozone countries to have common corporation and financial transaction taxes, but EU leaders agreed only to work towards a co-ordinated economic policy.

On a visit to Budapest, Mr Necas said it was too early to speculate about the content of the fiscal compact on tougher budget rules that EU leaders aim to draft by March 2012.

However, he insisted that Prague supported an attempt to stabilise the single currency area.

But Mr Orban made it clear that any co-operation with the eurozone should not harm Hungary's competitiveness.

Britain vetoed an attempt at last week's EU summit in Brussels to allow moves towards tighter fiscal controls as part of a change to EU treaties.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was concerned the measures would harm Britain's financial services industry in the City of London.

Sweden has also expressed concern about the Brussels proposals but has decided to give its parliament the final say.

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