Taxation: Commission refers the Netherlands to the Court of Justice over discriminatory inheritance and...

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 November 2011 – The European Commission has decided to refer the Netherlands to the EU's Court of Justice for discriminatory rules on inheritance and gift duties....

Taxation: Commission refers Belgium to Court over discriminatory taxation of foreign investment companies

IP/11/422 Brussels, 6 April 2011 The European Commission has decided to refer Belgium to the EU's Court of Justice because of its discriminatory taxation of foreign investment companies. Such discrimination is in breach of EU Single Market rules on the...

Europe strikes against the trafficking of counterfeit goods

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 June – more than 28.000 pieces/pairs of counterfeit textile products and accessories entering the EU by road via its Eastern border have been confiscated as a result of joint Customs operation (JCO) "F...

EC: Tackling Tax Avoidance – Commission tightens key EU corporate tax rules

The Commission proposed amendments to key EU corporate tax legislation, in order to significantly reduce tax avoidance in Europe. The proposal will close loopholes in...

ECOFIN Council: Main results of the meeting on 4 December 2012

On 4 december 2012, the ECOFIN Council debated proposals on bank supervision that are a key part of a broader plan to establish a...

Taxation: Commission demands that Italy comply with the provisions of the VAT Directive on...

IP/11/604 Brussels, 19 May 2011 The European Commission has formally asked Italy to amend its legislation to bring it into line with the rules on exemptions for ships laid down in the VAT Directive . The Directive provides for exemptions from VAT, unde...

Flash estimate for the fourth quarter of 2011 Euro area and EU27 GDP down...

STAT/12/26 15 February 2012 Flash estimate for the fourth quarter of 2011 Euro area and EU27 GDP down by 0.3% +0.7% and +0.9% respectively compared with the fourth quarter of 2010 GDP fell by 0.3% in both the euro area1 (EA17) and the EU271 during the ...

SPEECH – TAX GOOD GOVERNANCE PLATFORM

European Commission Algirdas Šemeta Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union, Statistics, Audit and Anti-fraudSPEECH - Statement at the Midday Press Briefing Brussels, 23 April 2013 Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a pleasure to be here to present the Commission's latest initiative in the on-going fight against tax evasion.

SPEECH/11/254 Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "Europe’s...

Ladies and gentlemen, I am grateful to the European Tax Policy Forum and Centre for European Policy Studies for the invitation and the opportunity to address this distinguished audience. In my speech today I will focus in particular on the four issues ...

Taxation: Commission requests Cyprus to modify discriminatory excise duty rules for imported second-hand motorcycles

IP/11/426 Brussels, 6 April 2011 The European Commission has formally requested Cyprus to amend its legislation on depreciation scales for the calculation of excise duties on second-hand motorcycles because the current rules discriminate against import...

Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "Customs enforces...

SPEECH/11/522 Intellectual property rights or IPR represent core assets for citizens and companies. A strong level of protection is therefore fundamental. Effective enforcement of goods in trade is a critical component for a strong system of IPR....

Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "Customs cooperation...

SPEECH/11/694 Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, The Polish presidency of the EU kindly invited me to address this high-level seminar on customs cooperation in the EU Eastern neighbourhood; I found it a welcome opportunity to follow up on our common ...

Fighting tax evasion: Commission sets up a Platform for Tax Good Governance

European Commission Press release Brussels, 23 April 2013 As part of its concerted drive against tax evasion and avoidance, the Commission today set up the new Platform for Tax Good Governance. The Platform will monitor Member States' progress in tackl...

Tackling double taxation for a stronger Single Market

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 11 November 2011 – Double taxation, and double non-taxation, contradict the very spirit of the Single Market. Yet many citizens and businesses are still suffering heavier tax burdens just because they ope...

Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud Reaching a...

SPEECH/11/709 Chair, Honourable Members, I would like to thank the European Parliament, and in particular Sven Giegold and Sharon Bowles for the report on the proposal to recast the so-called Parent-Subsidiary taxation Directive and the oral question....

Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud Statement welcoming...

SPEECH/11/830 A huge step forward has been taken in the EU-US trade relationship – and in securing the supply chain at global level. Yesterday, I met with Secretary Napolitano and had an open and frank discussion of how we cooperate in this field....

EU – China Summit EU27 exports to China up by 21% and imports by...

STAT/12/23 13 February 2012 EU27 trade in goods with China1 has grown significantly over the last decade. EU27 exports to China rose continuously from 26 billion euro in 2000 to 113 bn in 2010. Despite the general decline in EU27 exports in 2009, EU27 ...

Taxation: Commission refers The Netherlands to Court over tax discrimination against foreign charities

IP/11/429 Brussels, 6 April 2011 The European Commission has decided to refer The Netherlands to the EU's Court of Justice because its tax treatment of gifts to charities is discriminatory and in breach of EU rules on the free movement of capital....

First estimate for 2011 Euro area external trade deficit 7.7 bn euro 152.8 bn...

STAT/12/27 15 February 2012 The first estimate for the euro area1 (EA17) trade in goods balance with the rest of the world in December 2011 gave a 9.7 bn euro surplus, compared with -1.7 bn in December 2010....

EC: Decision to authorise enhanced cooperation on a Common Financial Transaction Tax

The 10 Member States that wish to apply an EU financial transaction tax (FTT) through enhanced cooperation should be allowed to do so, because...

Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "Transparency, competitiveness...

SPEECH/11/442 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, It is a great honour to me to open this Conference on the effect on taxation of a "new world order". Since 2009, the crisis has been a rude awakening but we are drawing the right lessons from it....

Questions and Answers: The protection of EU financial interests and the fight against fraud

MEMO/11/649 Brussels, 29 September 2011 How does the Commission compile this annual report? This Report is compiled mainly using data and information submitted by the Member States. The remaining part of the information comes from data collected by Com...

Fight against fakes: Increased customs actions boost protection of intellectual property rights

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 14 July 2011 – In 2010, EU Customs seized more than 103 million products suspected of violating intellectual property rights (IPR) at the EU's external borders....

Annual report of the European Court of Auditors

MEMO/11/771 Brussels, 09 November 2011 What is the Court of Auditors' annual report? The European Court of Auditors (ECA) is the independent external auditor of the European Union. Each year, the Court publishes an Annual Report on the implementation ...
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