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...

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...

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....

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...

Olli Rehn appointed Commission Vice President, with additional instruments, Algirdas Šemeta responsible for Eurostat

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 October 2011 - Today, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, has decided to reinforce the role of the Commissioner competent for economic and monetary affairs by elevating the post to that of...

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 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...

Taxation: The European Commission requests Bulgaria to amend its VAT rules

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 October 2011 – The European Commission has officially requested Bulgaria to amend its legislation on value added tax (VAT). The rules in Bulgaria on the conditions for refunding VAT to taxable persons ...

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 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 ...

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.

Budget: Commission to take Portugal to Court over overdue customs duties payment

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June 2011 - The European Commission has decided today to refer Portugal to the EU Court of Justice because of its failure to collect and transfer to the EU budget a payment linked to customs duties....

EC, VAT Gap study: The total amount of VAT lost across the EU is...

VAT revenue collection has failed to show significant improvement across EU Member States according to the latest figures released by the European Commission. Based on...

Car registration tax: Commission requests Ireland and Spain to modify rules on vehicles from...

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 October 2011 - The European Commission has formally requested Ireland and Spain to change the way in which they tax leased or rented vehicles from another Member State, as well as company cars in the cas...

Taxation: Commission requests Germany to extend VAT exemptions for sharing costs of services

IP/11/428 Brussels, 6 April 2011 The European Commission has formally requested Germany to amend its value added tax (VAT) legislation so as to extend the scope of the exemption from VAT for services supplied to their members by independent groups of ...

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...

Taxation: Commission requests Poland to amend discriminatory tax legislation for foreign investment and pension...

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June 2011 – The European Commission has formally requested Poland to amend its tax legislation which discriminates against investment funds and pension funds from other EU countries and countries of th...

Energy taxation: Commission promotes energy efficiency and more environmental friendly products

IP/11/468 Brussels, 13 April 2011 The European Commission has today presented its proposal to overhaul the outdated rules on the taxation of energy products in the European Union. The new rules aim to restructure the way energy products are taxed to re...

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...

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...

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

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 October 2011 – The European Commission has decided to refer Spain to the EU's Court of Justice for discriminatory rules on inheritance and gift tax that require non-residents to pay higher taxes than r...

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...

European Commission: A new EU agenda to ensure fair taxation of the Digital Economy

The European Commission launch on 21 September 2017 a new EU agenda to ensure that the digital economy is taxed in a fair and...

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...

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...

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...

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

SPEECH/11/269 Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me first of all congratulate the Hungarian presidency on its success in strengthening the focus on customs relations between the EU and its neighbours....

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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....

Common Rules for a Financial Transaction Tax – Frequently Asked Questions

MEMO/11/640 Brussels, 28 September 2011 (see also IP/11/1085 ) 1. General background Why has the Commission proposed a new tax on the financial sector? For two main reasons: the financial sector would make a fair contribution to the cost of the crisis ...

2011 Report ‘Tax reforms in EU Member States’: EU Member States face challenges in...

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 10 October 2011 - The consequences of the financial and economic crisis are deeply reflected in Member States' government revenues. Having implemented a wide range of tax stimulus measures from 2008 to 2010...

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 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 Italy to implement EU VAT rules

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 October 2011 – The European Commission has formally requested Italy to comply with EU legislation and to adopt and inform the Commission of national measures to implement EU rules on the common system ...
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