Frequently Asked Questions: Commission’s Anti-Fraud Strategy

MEMO/11/454 Brussels, 24 June 2011 ANTI-FRAUD STRATEGY What is the Commission's Anti-Fraud Strategy (CAFS)? The Commission's Anti-Fraud Strategy is a document adopted today by the Commission. It aims to updating and modernising the way fraud against th...

Taxation: Commission requests Romania to review its tax rules on non-residents’ employment income

On 26 sept. 2013, the European Commission has officially asked Romania to amend its discriminatory tax treatment of employment income of non-residents. Romanian legislation does not allow...

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

SPEECH/11/797 Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud " Tax reforms needed for consolidation and growth" Annual Growth Survey - Press Conference Brussels, 23 November 2011 In the coordination of fiscal poli...

Taxation: the European Commission asks Belgium to end the additional taxation of certain types...

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24November2011 – The European Commission has officially asked Belgium to abolish additional taxation of certain types of income from capital deriving from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and not ...

Operation of preferential trade to become easier between the European Union, the partners of...

IP/11/502 Brussels, 19 April 2011 Operations of preferential trade to become easier between the European Union, the partners of the Southern Mediterranean and the Western Balkans The Council of the EU has decided to launch the process of signing the re...

Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure Scoreboard Eurostat indicators to support the detection of macroeconomic imbalances

STAT/12/25 14 February 2012 Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, publishes for the first time today the indicators of the Macroeconomic Imbalance Procedure (MIP) Scoreboard. The Scoreboard indicators1 provide the statistical support ...

Taxation: Commission requests Estonia to amend discriminatory tax rules for non-resident investment funds

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June 2011 – The European Commission has formally requested Estonia to amend its tax legislation as it discriminates against non-resident investment funds....

Commissioner Šemeta: "We want the UK on board for the FTT"

In the discussion on Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) in the UK House of Lords Commissioner Šemeta said: "It is in the overall European interest to have strong financial centers – in London as well as in Paris and Frankfurt. We want the ...

Taxation: Commission requests Romania to change its VAT refund practice

On 26 Sept. 2013, the European Commission has formally requested Romania to change its administrative practice of refunding VAT. Almost all VAT refunds claims are systematically...

December 2011 compared with November 2011 Industrial production down by 1.1% in euro area...

STAT/12/24 14 February 2012 In December 2011 compared with November 2011, seasonally adjusted industrial production1 fell by 1.1% in the euro area2 (EA17) and by 0.6% in the EU272. In November3 production remained stable in both zones....

IP/13/530 – Fighting tax evasion: Commission proposes widest scope of automatic exchange of information...

See also the frequently asked questions (MEMO/13/533) and the proposal.

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...

Taxation: EU/US Dialogue on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

IP/11/413 Brussels, 6 April 2011 In a letter sent to the US tax authorities this morning, the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission invited the US authorities to engage in a dialogue on how to best achiev...

Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "2009 discharge...

SPEECH/11/321 Mr President, Mr Chatzimarkakis, Rapporteurs, Honourable Members, First, allow me to thank the Budget Control Committee, and in particular the rapporteur Mr Chatzimarkakis, for the report he has drawn up and for the recommendation that th...

EU and US boost economic partnership

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 November 2011 - The European Union and the United States today strengthened transatlantic economic ties through a number of new initiatives. At the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC), senior EU and US ...

Taxation and Customs: Delivering to Member States, citizens and businesses post-2014

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 09 November 2011 – EU Customs and Taxation policy make a substantial contribution in helping to raise revenues for the EU and Member States' budgets every year....

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....

MEMO on Organic Wine rules – Frequently Asked Questions

MEMO/12/81 Brussels, 8 February 2012 What does "organic" mean? "Organic" farming relates to agricultural production systems that seek to provide the consumer with fresh, tasty and authentic food while respecting natural life-cycle systems....

EC: 2012 country-specific recommendations in the context of the European Semester in the...

On 30 May 2012, European Commission published responses to Frequently asked questions about 2012 country-specific recommendations in the context of the European Semester .  EU Commissioner for...

Taxation: Commission refers Ireland to Court of Justice over fuel excise duty exemption

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 October 2011 – The Commission has decided to refer Ireland to the EU's Court of Justice for failing to correctly implement EU rules on excise duties on fuel....

Tax Coordination: TPG discusses FATCA, VAT and national tax reforms

Improving and accelerating tax coordination in key areas that can contribute to economic stability and growth is the focus of today's meeting of the Tax Policy Group (TPG) in Brussels.Algirdas Šemeta, Commissioner for Taxation, Customs, Anti-Fraud and...

VAT and excise duties: Commission adopts report on allowances for travellers from non-EU countries

Report to the European Parliament and the Council on travellers' allowances in accordance with Council Directive 2007/74/EC on the exemption from VAT and excise...

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 ...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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 ...

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....

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....

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 ...

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....

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 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...

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...

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.

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....

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...
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