MATES OF BATES....HAVE YOUR SAY!
For over 15 years I´ve been delivering my sermons to the faithful readers of The Islander. Some think I talk bollox, but I do hear from plenty who agree with me, especially when it comes to injustice against yachties and those that want to enjoy boating without the hindrance of bureaucracy or getting ripped off by mindless authority!
So here´s your chance to join in with debates on key subjects centred around yachting and water sports....Its the ´Mates of Bates Boating Forum,´ and it belongs to anyone who wants to throw their anchor into murky waters. Who knows, together we might help to make them clear again for everyone´s benefit...
The way it works is this: I will start a topical boating subject (generally one that I´ve already heard plenty of debate around) and you all can wade in with your comments and opinions on the forum.
Sorry to say there has to be some rules, but lets try to keep these as simple as possible.
1) In keeping with good internet ethics we will not allow pornographic, violent or threatening content of any kind, and it must be relevant to boating.
2) I will be the judge on when the debate has gone far enough either in time or content. I will then do a quick summing up at that point, before putting up a new topic.
3) Readers / viewers are welcome to suggest their own topics via the enquiry page on this website, but we reserve the right to put up only those subjects that we deem appropriate, and are not obligated to explain why if we don´t put them up....
Mates of Bates Topic No:1
Despite written directives from the EU Commission in Brussels, the Spanish government continue to ignore the judgement that they are out of order by charging the full 12% Matriculation (registration) tax against EU flagged commercial charter yachts in Spanish waters, even if they only wish to be chartered for a few weeks or months. (Brussels have adjudicated that it should be on a pro rata basis depending on the time period the yacht is actually chartered for.)
At the same time the French government have chosen to ignore several warnings from Brussels that they are granting zero rated VAT status to yachts that do not qualify for such status.
In a nutshell, the Spanish are being unfairly uncompetitive, and the French are being unfairly over competitive in the context of EU ´so called´ harmonisation.
So, go on....have your say. What do you think about this state of affairs? Do you think that Brussels sucks for being so ineffective and ignoring the huge potential of the yachting market within the EU, and should get its act together? Or, do you think that its all a waste of time, and each country should be free to do as they please with their fiscal powers over yachting, and let the yacht owner be the judge of where to invest his money? Or maybe you have another opinion all together? Whatever it is, please do share it with the Mates of Bates....go on, what are you waiting for!
Re:Totally Unfair by proberto on 21-07-2012 08:56:40