Anchoring Taxpayers' Fundamental Rights at EU level: "Ten Commandments for the Taxpayer"

On the occasion of the European elections, the Taxpayers Association of Europe (TAE) appeals to all candidates for the European Parliament elections to continue on the path of democracy and to honour the associated electoral pact with EU citizens.

In this context, the Taxpayers Association of Europe (TAE) is calling for the creation of a constitutional framework for the finances of the EU and its member states that guarantees the subsequent fundamental rights of taxpayers:

  1. limitation of the tax burden.
    and exclusion of double or multiple taxation of income by different countries. Tax exemption of the minimum subsistence level! Generally understandable tax laws. Avoidance of inflationary, secret tax increases.
  2. Constitutional limitation of government spending.
  3. EU debt ban;
    only EU member states are permitted to incur debts.
  4. No liability union,
    each EU member state hast to be liable for itself.
  5. The EU may not levy its own taxes.
  6. Guarantee of independent public financial control.
  7. Obligation to assess the cost impact of laws
    Regulatory impact assessment".
  8. Maintaining the "Unanimity Principle" for EU financial decisions and their impact on EU member states.
  9. Efficient fulfilment of public tasks, strict application of the "subsidiarity principle"; reduction of bureaucracy and limitation of public services.
  10. Punishment of waste of tax money and misuse of public funds.


Brussels/Munich, January 11th, 2024

Taxpayers Association of Europe, Office Munich:
Nymphenburger Str. 118, D-80636 München
Tel.: +49 89 126 00 820 | Fax: +49 89 126 00 847

Taxpayers Association of Europe, Office Brussels:
Rue d’Arlon 46,  B-1000 Brussels
+32 2 588 15 20 (Phone)