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Guess what? The new EU boss wants our taxes

THE NEW EU PRESIDENT wants everyone in Europe to pay taxes directly to Brussels in a massive power grab.

Herman Van Rompuy plans to use a new global climate change agreement to secure the taxes, which would be used to fund the expanded European Union.

The former Belgian Prime Minister used his first speech as EU President to outline his plans for a new system of “global governance”.

He plans to use the Copenhagen Climate Change summit next month to ratify the scheme.

Van Rompuy will call for a massive new EU fund to fight climate change, funded by taking a slice of VAT tax on fuel and flights.

He explained: “2009 is also the first year of global governance, with the establishment of the G20 in the middle of the financial crisis. The climate conference in Copenhagen is another step towards the global management of our planet."

At a private dinner for senior diplomats and business leaders earlier last week, Van Rompuy said the green tax was only the first stage in a bigger tax plan.

He told the secretive Bilderberg Group that the green tax was the first step in a process to give Brussels total autonomy from the 27 countries who currently fund its massive operation.

He said: "The possibility of financial levies at European level needs to be seriously reviewed and for the first time ever, the big countries in the Union are open to this."He also said he wants to see national flags replaced with the Europe symbol.

He said: "Apart from the euro, other national symbols need to be replaced by European ones - licence plates, identity cards, more EU flags."

The Bilderberg Group, which met in a Chateau outside Brussels, includes numerous current and former world political leaders and statesmen and its proceedings are extremely secretive.

The idea of using VAT, fuel duties and aviation taxes to give the EU a direct and independent source of income has long been demanded by the European Commission.

Mr Von Rompuy told them he wants every airline ticket, shopping and petrol station receipt in Britain to list the amount of aviation tax, VAT or fuel duty that goes directly to Brussels as an “EU tax”.

Belgium, Germany and France support the plan.Britain has always opposed any moves for Europe-wide taxation.Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague said: "Britain would not be the only EU country that would find a proposal to give the EU tax-raising powers totally unacceptable. Advocacy of such a policy is not a fruitful use of anyone's time."

But Gordon Brown’s insistence on securing the post of EU Foreign Minister for former Government Minister Baroness Ashton may have weakened moves to oppose such a plan.

The EU has now taken over control of key economic powers.Mr Brown was urged by the Foreign Office to get a Brit into a powerful economic post.But instead he said he wanted the Foreign Affairs position - despite not having a major figure lined up.

That job is now expected to go to the Frenchman Michel Barnier, a former Foreign Minister.He backs the tax plans - and also wants to see more red tape and regulation, which could damage the City of London.



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