Organised by: European Commission, DG Economic and Financial Affairs
Austrian Institute of Economic Research economist Margit Schratzenstaller's intervention focused on the bigger picture. "Future-proofing
fiscal policies is key to implementing current action plans to address increasing inequality, migration, and global warning",
she said. A reform of the rules is therefore imperative to close the 600 billion € investment gap that the EU currently faces.
A reformed EU budget should finance expenditure that yields more returns when engaged at the EU level, like R&D, and should
be financed with innovative taxes that cannot be properly implemented at national level, like a financial transaction tax
and an airline travel tax. Finally, "we desperately need a harmonisation of tax policy" she said, "to shift the burden away
from labour taxation towards profit taxation, through for instance a minimum corporate tax".