• The possibility of introducing direct EU taxes will be explored, Commission President Barroso said in the European Parliament today in answer to a question by UKIP MEP John Bufton (inset).
Mr. Bufton asked whether direct EU taxes will be introduced following speculation raised last week by designate EU President Herman Van Rompuy. Barroso pointed out that it was "not for the Council President to propose taxes" but the Commission.
"I intend, of course, to look at all the issues of taxation in the European Union," Mr Barroso added. "We have to look at own-resources [direct taxes] of the European Union... the programme on which I was elected was to look at the possible own-resources and this was the programme that was adopted by the European Parliament," the Commission President concluded.