(1) Interest arising in a Member State and paid to a resident of another Member State may be taxed in that other State.
(2) However, such interest may also be taxed in the Member State in which it arises and according to the laws of that State, but if the recipient of the interest is its beneficial owner, the tax so charged shall not exceed 15 % of the amount of interest.
(3) The term "interest" as used in this Article means income from debt-claims of every kind, whether or not secured by mortgage and whether or not carrying a clause establishing the right to participate in the debtor's profits, and in particular, income from government securities and income from bonds or debentures, including premiums and prizes attaching to such securities, bonds or debentures.
Late payment penalties shall not be considered interest as defined in this Article.
(4) The provisions of paragraphs (1) and (2) of this article shall not apply if the beneficial owner of the interest, being a resident of a Member State, carries on an industrial or commercial activity in the other Member State in which the interest arises, through a permanent establishment situated therein, or performs in that other State independent personal services from a fixed base situated therein, and the debt-claim in respect of which the interest is paid is effectively connected therewith. In such case the provisions of Article 8 or Article 15 of this Regulation, as the case may be, shall apply.
(5) Interest shall be deemed to arise in a Member State when the payer is that State itself, a local authority thereof, or another resident of that State. Where, however, the person paying the interest, whether he or she is a resident of a Member State or not, has in the other Member State a permanent establishment or a fixed base in connection with which the indebtedness on which the interest is paid was incurred, and such interest is borne by such permanent establishment or fixed base, then such interest shall be deemed to arise in the State in which the permanent establishment or fixed base is situated.
(6) Where, by reason of a special relationship between the payer and the beneficial owner or between both of them and some third parties, the amount of the interest, having regard to the debt-claim for which it is paid, exceeds the amount which would have been agreed upon by the payer and the beneficial owner in the absence of a similar relationship the provisions of this Article shall apply only to the last-mentioned amount. In such case, the excess part of the payments shall remain taxable in accordance with the laws of each Member State, due regard being had to the other provisions of this Regulation.