Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar has met United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai in Washington.
According to a statement released by Ambassador Tai's office, she "highlighted the Biden-Harris Administration's support for a strong global minimum tax and explained how this policy could achieve more equitable and inclusive economic growth".
During the meeting, Ambassador Tai reiterated US support for the Good Friday Agreement.
Readout of meeting between @USTradeRep & @LeoVaradkar. Ambassador Katherine Tai "highlighted the Biden-Harris Administration's support for a strong global minimum tax…" She also reiterated US support for the Good Friday Agreement. @rtenews pic.twitter.com/MCr9JcOshL— Brian O'Donovan (@BrianOD_News) September 28, 2021
She and the Tánaiste also discussed the upcoming US-EU Trade and Technology Council meeting and the successful resolution of the large civil aircraft dispute.
Mr Varadkar is in Washington for a two-day visit focusing on trade and commerce.
Concluding his address to @CSIS in Washington, @LeoVaradkar said that post-Brexit & with a new US Administration, it's time to reforge the Atlantic alliance between the EU & the US. "Ireland wants to be a part of, and a bridge, in that alliance," he said. @rtenews pic.twitter.com/ex3PxvWbFE— Brian O'Donovan (@BrianOD_News) September 27, 2021
Speaking to reporters, he said that the US executives he was meeting were interested to know Ireland's position on corporation tax.
"What I am saying to them is that it remains Ireland's view that tax is a sovereign competence and that it is up to each country to set its own tax rates. We are holding to that position but I am also saying that we are keen to be part of any international agreement if there is going to be one," Mr Varadkar said.
"Whatever happens we are going to make sure that corporate taxes in Ireland remain low and that they (companies) have certainty going into the future so that if they make that 30 year multi-billion euro investment in Ireland they know that our rate is going to be considerably lower than it is in other countries and it is not going to go up and down," he added.
Tánaiste @LeoVaradkar has said 'It remains Ireland's view that tax is a sovereign competence', and that while Ireland is keen to be part of any international agreement on corporation tax, 'whatever happens, we're going to make sure that corporation taxes in Ireland remain low' pic.twitter.com/OV212M1kzZ— RTÉ News (@rtenews) September 27, 2021