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 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 "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...

Tax Policy Group to discuss good governance in tax matters, e-commerce, environmental taxation and...

Algirdas Šemeta, Commissioner for Taxation, Customs, Anti-Fraud and Audit, will today chair the fourth meeting of the Tax Policy Group (TPG). This Group brings...

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....

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 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 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....

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...

Revision of the Energy Taxation Directive – Questions and Answers

MEMO/11/238 Brussels, 13 April 2011 What is the Energy Taxation Directive? Energy taxes already exist in all EU Member States, and are harmonised to a certain degree at EU level. The current Energy Taxation Directive, adopted in 2003, was designed prim...

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....

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....

Detention of counterfeit and pirated goods at EU borders in 2010 – Frequently Asked...

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)....

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...

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...

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 ...

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....

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...

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 ...

Another clean bill of health for EU accounts; auditors find improvements in many payment...

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 10 November 2011 - For the fourth year in a row, the EU's annual accounts have received a clean bill of health from its external auditors. As for EU spending, the overall error rate is once again below 4%....

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...

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...

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....

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 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....

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...

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 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...

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....

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...

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)....

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...

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 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 ...

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.

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....

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...

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...

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...
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