The West Midlands MEP and Conservative Consumer Affairs spokesman Daniel Dalton has welcomed a deal reached to remove women’s sanitary products from VAT.
The issue was raised in March last year by Conservative MEPs who questioned why the EU Commission had not zero-rated the products.
Mr Dalton said, “These products are essentials and not luxuries and never should have had VAT imposed on them in first place, common sense has prevailed."
"This should be the start of a much wider reform of VAT as there are other areas where the full rate of VAT shouldn't be applied, including energy saving products”
At the European Council summit in Brussels, the 28 leaders agreed a statement welcoming "the intention of the Commission to include proposals for increased flexibility for member states with respect to reduced rates of VAT, which will provide the option to member states of VAT zero-rating sanitary products”.