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...

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 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....

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IP/11/468 Brussels, 13 April 2011 The European Commission has today presented its proposal to overhaul the outdated rules on the taxation of energy products in the European Union.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

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....

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...

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 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....

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...

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....

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: 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 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 ...

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....

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....

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 ...

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....

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

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....

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.

Taxation: The Commission takes Italy to Court over its VAT exemption for ships

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 November 2011 – The European Commission has decided to refer Italy to the Court of Justice for the VAT exemption it grants to ships. Under the VAT Directive, a VAT exemption can be granted, subject to ...

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....

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...

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'...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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)....

Commission steps up its efforts in fighting fraud against the EU budget

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 June - In 2009 alone, Member States reported €280 million in suspected fraud cases involving EU funds. Although this represents less than 0.2% of the EU’s total budget, the Commission is determined t...

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....

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...

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.
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