EUROPEAN TAXPAYERS’ AWARD 2005


by TAE and EES
in Brussels
Press release, 12.07.2005

Slovakia – an example of successful reforms
In his speech to the Slovak Vice-Chancellor and Finance Minister Ivan Miklos who was awarded with the European Taxpayers’ Award, Professor Dr. Bernhard Friedmann, President of the European Economic Senate e. V., said: "The newly independent Slovakia is an example of a successful reform process in the new EU accession countries.
Decisive part in it has the Vice-Chancellor and Finance Minister of Slovakia, Ivan Miklos.”

With his highly innovative reform of the tax system, characterized by a uniform tax rate of 19% for the value-added, income and corporate tax while broadening the tax base and elimination of minor taxes and a partial shift of taxation from direct to indirect taxes, he had set an important stimulus for Economic growth. Those who criticize this and threatened even with the reduction or abolition of EU-Aid, disregards the effect of correlations: The new tax policy in Slovakia makes it attractive for foreign investors to bring the country forward economically and do this more and more independent of the structural funds of the EU.
The example of the tax policy initiated by Ivan Miklos would clearly point out that taxes must be subject to competition. It would be mainly depending on low tax rates. Regarding the tax base is the broadest possible basis, through the abolition or at least reduction of tax privileges necessary. It speaks for the vision of Ivan Miklos, that he did not run his tax reform in isolation, but with other reforms - the social system and labor markets
Ingo Friedrich - a European of the first hour
In his speech on the occasion of the award to the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Dr. Ingo Friedrich's, the President of the European Economic Senate, Professor Dr. Bernhard Friedmann said:
"More than ever, the EU needs visionaries. Demonstrating the ways in which Europe can emerge from the present constitutional and financial crisis."
Ingo Friedrich, Vice President of the European Parliament, is such a visionary. He has clear ideas about the future of Europe. For him, visions of today are the realities of tomorrow. As a European of the first hour - he was already in 1979 member of the first directly elected European Parliament - he knows all the heights, which climbed Europe, and all depths, it has suffered."
Ingo Friedrich knows what he's talking about when he'll call us to consciousness, "the centuries, Europe was a beacon for the world. It should again be a beacon - for peace and freedom, for human rights and Wealth through social market economy."
Ingo Friedrich is an idealist and a realist at the same time. The commitment of the idealist louds: "Europe must have a soul!"
The realist Ingo Friedrich is fighting out of conviction against an easing of the Economic and Stability Pact, for limiting the EU budget to 1% of European GDP, for a clear division of powers between EU institutions and member states as well as - how could it be different for a Bavarian – for more participation of the regions at European level. Unlike almost any other Ingo Friedrich personifies values, which are relevant especially in the future of Europe.