Algirdas Šemeta, Commissioner for Taxation, Customs, Anti-Fraud and Audit, will today chair the fourth meeting of the Tax Policy Group (TPG). This Group brings together representatives of EU Finance Ministers to discuss key tax policy issues. The main topic for discussion in the Group today will be the fight against tax fraud and tax avoidance. The Group will explore how Member States could coordinate their approach towards third countries that do not adhere to principles of good governance. The Group will also address for the first time the possible impact of e-commerce on corporation tax, VAT, excise duties and customs. Previous discussions on environmental taxation (tax shifts) and financial sector taxation will be continued.

During this meeting, the personal representatives of the German and UK Ministers will be invited to present the tax agreements their country concluded with Switzerland on 10 and 24 August respectively and to comment on the impact on the ongoing discussions on savings taxation in the EU. This is the fourth meeting of the Tax Policy Group, which was re-launched by Commissioner Šemeta in October 2010 ( IP/10/1312). The Group provides a regular forum for informal high-level discussions on the scope and priorities for EU tax policy.

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