Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 5 November 2020
Public Accounts Committee
2019 Annual Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 7 - Office of Minister for Finance
Chapter 1 - Exchequer Financial Outturn for 2019
Chapter 17 - Ireland Apple Escrow Fund
My particular interest is around Ireland's contribution to the EU budget. For this session, we were sent some briefing notes that included previous recommendations from this committee and responses from the Department of Finance. Recommendation 3 was around annual reporting of all contributions. It is useful to see the report that was put out by the Department in September. I think that even sectoral committees should look at that information.
I am mindful that a huge amount of change and debate is happening in the EU at the moment in the context of tax. We have the base erosion and profit shifting, BEPS, process and the OECD process. We have a new EU subcommittee on tax matters. Obviously, Ireland attends the code of conduct group on business taxation which debates the future of taxation measures in the EU. As a new person in all of this, I find it difficult to glean always from the information available to me what position our Government takes on some of those issues within these debates. I am aware that there is a twice yearly report from the code of conduct group to ECOFIN, but it does not always give me the information I am looking for. Is it possible to have the minutes of those meetings made available and tabled to this committee on a regular basis?