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...

Customs: Commission requests Italy to review its judicial practice on remission and repayment of...

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 November 2011 - The European Commission has formally requested Italy to implement proper appeal procedures on requests for remission or reimbursement of customs duties....

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

SPEECH/11/729 Today I had the chance to personally present the Commission's proposal for a Financial Transactions Tax to the EU's Finance Ministers. The discussion that followed was extremely interesting – although it is no secret that more discussio...

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...

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....

Commission welcomes US move to ensure enhanced international tax cooperation in a more business-friendly...

The Commission welcomes the USA's acceptance of an government-to-government approach to tackling tax evaders and implementing the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA).This more business-friendly arrangement for EU financial institutions is 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....

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

SPEECH/11/650 Ladies and Gentlemen, Honourable guests, I am honoured to be invited here today to present to you the European Commission’s policy and my main projects in the taxation area. The current economic situation and the challenges European Mem...

Q&A: FISCUS programme for taxation and customs 2014-20

MEMO/11/767 Brussels, 9 November 2011 What is FISCUS? FISCUS is the new financing programme covering EU customs and taxation for the period 2014-20, as foreseen within the Multi-Annual Financial Framework proposal adopted by the Commission in June (see...

Taxation: Commission requests Germany to amend discriminatory tax rules on hidden reserves

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 September 2011 - The European Commission has formally requested Germany to amend its tax legislation on hidden reserves so as to no longer discriminate certain cross border operations....

Taxation: Commission refers Spain to Court over reduced VAT rate for medical equipment

IP/11/605 Brussels, 19 May 2011 The European Commission has decided to refer Spain to the EU's Court of Justice concerning its illegal application of a reduced rate of value added tax (VAT) to general medical equipment, appliances to alleviate animals'...

Customs union: Commission asks Belgium to review the opening hours of its customs offices...

IP/11/608 Brussels, 19 May 2011 The European Commission has formally asked Belgium to comply with the customs rules of the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA), and in particular to amend its customs legislation so as to apply appropriat...

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...

Questions and Answers: OLAF’s 2011 Annual Operational Report

MEMO/11/714 Brussels, 19 October 2011 What does the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) do? The mission of OLAF is to protect the financial interests of the EU, to fight fraud, corruption and any other irregular activity affecting the EU budget, includin...

Taxation: Commission refers Belgium to Court over tax discrimination against Icelandic and Norwegian investment...

IP/11/423 Brussels, 6 April 2011 The European Commission has decided to refer Belgium to the EU's Court of Justice for discriminatory taxation of certain Icelandic and Norwegian collective investment funds in breach of EU rules on free movement of capi...

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...

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 ...

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.

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

SPEECH/11/375 Good afternoon, Thank you, Michel Barnier for setting out the new package of measures concerning Intellectual Property Rights, or IPR. The Crucial role of customs This morning the Commission adopted a proposal for new customs legislation ...

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....

Frequently Asked Questions: European Commission seeks tougher rules to protect taxpayers’ money from fraud

MEMO/11/343 Brussels, 26 May 2011 What is the purpose of the Communication on the protection of the financial interests of the EU? Protecting taxpayers from fraud and other crimes against the EU budget is a top priority for the Commission....

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

SPEECH/11/747 Mr. Rapporteur, President Caldeira, Honorable Members of this Committee and of the Court of Auditors, The Court of Auditors Annual Report on the financial year 2010 together with the Commission replies is the outcome of an intensive and ...

Taxation: Commission requests The Netherlands to modify rules on VAT treatment of participation in...

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 September 2011 - The European Commission has today formally requested The Netherlands to modify its rules on the treatment of members of supervisory boards for VAT purposes so as to make the rules comply...

EU law: Commission acts to ensure that European legislation is fully and properly implemented

memo/11/220 Brussels, 6 April 2011 Infringement package: overview of press releases CLIMA EMPL ENER ENV HOME INFSO JUST MARKT MOVE TAXUD Austria 433 431 Belgium 419 434 435 438 421 422 423 425 427 Bulgaria 424 Cyprus 440 415 416 426 Czech Republic 424 ...

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....

Taxation: Commission requests The Netherlands to amend discriminatory tax rules on fiscal unities

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June 2011 – The European Commission has formally requested The Netherlands to amend its tax legislation on fiscal unities (i.e. calculation of income tax of a group of companies on a consolidated basis...

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

SPEECH/11/358 Chairman, Directors General, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is a particular pleasure for me to open this meeting of the Club of Directors General here today in my home country. In addition to leading a successful meeting, I trust that Director ...

Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation, Customs, Anti-Fraud and Audit Towards a financial transaction...

SPEECH/11/611 Ladies and Gentlemen, Today, the Commission proposed to set up a financial transaction tax in the Single market. Many are awaiting this tax, for a long time now. 65% of European Citizens are in favour of this tax....

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...

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

SPEECH/11/712 Porto, 27 October 2011 Ladies and gentlemen, I am honoured to have been invited to address this distinguished audience today. We live in turbulent and uncertain times. The financial and economic crisis requires leadership and inventive ac...

Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud Our ambitions...

SPEECH/11/314 Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me start by saying how pleased and impressed I am by the number of people who managed to come to Milano today from all over Europe and beyond in order to take a more active role in the public consultation on the ...

Commission sets out "blueprint" for Intellectual Property Rights to boost creativity and innovation

IP/11/630 Brussels, 24 May 2011 Intellectual property rights (IPR), which comprise patents, trademarks, designs and geographical indications, as well as copyright (authors' rights) and rights related to copyright (for performers, producers and broadcas...

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....

Fight against Fraud: Commission publishes Annual Report

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 29 September 2011 - Today the European Commission published its Annual Report on the Protection of the EU's Financial Interests and the Fight against Fraud in 2010....

European Commission seeks tougher rules to protect taxpayers’ money from fraud

IP/11/644 Brussels, 26 May 2011 In a policy paper adopted today, the European Commission set out a series of measures enabling prosecutors and judges across the EU to fight fraud against the European Union’s financial interests more effectively....

Taxation: Commission formally requests Belgium to change its law on taxation of capital gains

IP/11/421 Brussels, 6 April 2011 The European Commission has formally requested Belgium to amend its rules concerning the taxation of capital gains because they discriminate against assets outside Belgium and so breach basic EU Single Market rules (fre...

EU law: Commission acts to ensure that European legislation is fully and properly implemented

memo/11/312 Brussels, 19 May 2011 AGRI EMPL ENER ENTR ENV INFSO MARKT MOVE SANCO TAXUD Austria 587 616 Belgium 602 612 587 589 607 608 Bulgaria 587 Cyprus 597 589 Czech Republic 591 Estonia 589 France 610 595 596 587 589 601 603 Germany 598 616 Greece ...

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...

Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud Shared transatlantic...

SPEECH/11/458 Ladies and Gentlemen, The last time I participated in an AmCham event, in September last year, I outlined the "Priorities and Challenges of an Evolving Customs Union". Today, I would like to thank AmCham for inviting me to speak about cus...

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...
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