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MEMO/11/506 Brussels, 14 July 2011 What is this report about? This report contains statistics on actions by customs in the EU relating to goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights (IPR)....

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 ...

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...

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 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...

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...

FISCALIS workshop on „VAT rules for passenger transport” | Ankara, 27-29 April 2015

Under the FISCALIS 2020 programme a workshop on the VAT rules for passenger transport will take place in Ankara (Turkey) from 27 to 29...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Taxation: More efficient cooperation in collecting excise duties

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 14 November 2011 – New rules on administrative cooperation in the field of excise duties, which would speed up the collection of the duties and improve Member States' controls on the revenue, have been pr...

Taxation: Commission requests UK to further amend its treatment of controlled foreign corporations (CFCs)

IP/11/606 Brussels, 19 May 2011 The European Commission has formally requested the United Kingdom to amend its legislation to better take into account the rulings of the EU's Court of Justice on the tax treatment of controlled foreign corporations (CFC...

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 ...

Financial Transaction Tax: Making the financial sector pay its fair share

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 28 September 2011 – Today the Commission has presented a proposal for a financial transaction tax in the 27 Member States of the European Union. The tax would be levied on all transactions on financial in...

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...

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

MEMO/12/88 Brussels, 8th February 2012 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)....

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 Belgium to amend discriminatory tax provisions on donations of shares

IP/11/607 Brussels, 19 May 2011 The European Commission has formally requested Belgium to amend its discriminatory tax legislation on donations of shares to comply with its obligations under the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement....

Taxation: Commission refers Cyprus to the Court of Justice over discriminatory car taxation rules

European Commission - Press release Brussels 27 October 2011 – The Commission has today decided to refer Cyprus to the EU's Court of Justice because its car taxation rules discriminate against non-Cypriot EU citizens who transfer a car into Cyprus....

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....

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...

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

MEMO/11/824 Brussels, 24 November 2011 BUDGET EMPLOYMENT ENERGY ENTREPRISE ENVIRONMENT HOME AFFAIRS DIGITAL AGENDA JUSTICE INTERNAL MARKET TRANSPORT HEALTH & CONSUMERS TAX & CUSTOMS AT 1429 1410 1411 BE 1417 1429 1424 BG 1437 1429 CY 1431 1429 1432 144...

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....

Taxation: Commission refers The Netherlands to Court over VAT rules for travel agents

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June 2011 – The European Commission has today decided to refer The Netherlands to the EU's Court of Justice for failing to properly implement EU VAT rules for travel agents....

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 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'...

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...

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 Hungary to amend its VAT rules on open-end leases of passenger...

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June 2011 – The European Commission has formally requested Hungary to amend its VAT legislation which does not allow lessees to benefit from VAT deductions in open-end leases of passenger vehicles....

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