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MEP Jaak Madison asks justice chancellor to assess EU plastic tax

MEP Jaak Madison.
MEP Jaak Madison. Source: Priit Mürk/ERR

MEP Jaak Madison (EKRE) has turned to Chancellor of Justice Ülle Madise over the European Union's plastic tax, asking Madise for an investigation into possible constitutional violations by the union.

Madison, in a letter to the justice chancellor, is asking if the EU's decision to implement a plastic tax may be contradictory to the Estonian constitution.

Madison noted that the plastic tax could be a violation of the constitution's first section, which states Estonia is an independent and sovereign democratic republic wherein supreme political authority is vested in the people.

According to the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia Amendment Act, Estonia may be an EU member, provided the fundamental principles of the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia are respected.

Madison also raises a question about the €750-million EU joint loan and whether that itself could be contradictory of the same sections of the constitution.

Madison is also enquiring if the European Council's decision to grant a mandate to the European Commission regarding the large-scale loan could also require a public mandate, meaning the organization of a referendum on the matter.

Madison also asked the chancellor if the Riigikogu should have to ratify any European Council decisions as, according to the constitution, the Riigikogu has to give formal consent to any agreements that include proprietary and military obligations.

Prime Minister Jüri Ratas (Center) and Madison's party's leader, and finance minister, Martin Helme have repeatedly said that no common taxes were agreed upon at the latest Council meeting.

ERR News wrote on Thursday that MEP Jaak Madison planned to take his concerns over the European Union's plastic tax to Chancellor of Justice Ülle Madise. Madison had previously called the overall European Union long-term budget "horrible", and said he is also looking for options in taking the case to the Supreme Court.

Madison announced on Thursday: "The implementation of a plastic tax was agreed upon across the union, something which has never happened in the EU before. This will certainly not be the last tax that will be agreed upon, and is just the opening salvo. Such a step means that Estonia will have to pay more than €30 million towards the EU budget already starting next year, and only because the EU is moving towards a political, fiscal federation."


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