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Three European Countries Block Tax on Tech Giants

  • Denmark, Ireland and Sweden reject levy in its current form
  • Passing taxes requires unanimity among EU member states
Automated transport robots move goods in storage units at an Amazon fulfillment center in Passo Corese, Italy.

Automated transport robots move goods in storage units at an Amazon fulfillment center in Passo Corese, Italy.

Photographer: Giulio Napolitano/Bloomberg

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire’s efforts to rally his European Union colleagues around a new tax on tech giants fell short, as countries skeptical of the plan doubled down on their opposition, and others, including Italy, said they’ll push ahead with their own plans.

Ministers from Denmark, Ireland and Sweden said they couldn’t support the tax in its current form, casting doubt on the proposal’s future, since unanimity is required to pass taxes in the EU. The plan on the table would impose a 3 percent levy on the European sales of the likes of Amazon.com Inc. and Facebook Inc.