Corporate Tax

French President Macron visits Eire with company tax on the agenda

French President Emmanuel Macron is on his first official state visit to Ireland.

On Thursday, Macron will stop in Áras an Uachtaráin, the residence of Irish President Michael D. Higgins, before meeting Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin for a working lunch.

According to a statement from the Irish government, their meeting will focus on current EU and international issues, COVID-19 and Irish-French relations.

Fixed on the agenda are the Northern Ireland Protocol on the current state of the Common Agricultural Policy, the position on Afghanistan and the very sensitive issue of the Irish corporate tax rate.

Recently the OECD approved a rate of 15 percent across the developed world. Ireland is determined to stick to its 12.5 percent, however, an issue that has caused some friction between France and Ireland in the past.

Three French ministers accompanying the President will hold bilateral meetings with their Irish counterparts.

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