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...

EC: 2012 country-specific recommendations in the context of the European Semester in the...

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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 ...

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)....

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 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...

EC: Fight against tax fraud and tax evasion: a new EU campaign

A new EU campaign against tax fraud and tax evasion has just been launched by the European Commission. A video is available in 23 EU...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

IP/13/530 – Fighting tax evasion: Commission proposes widest scope of automatic exchange of information...

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EC: Tackling Tax Avoidance – Commission tightens key EU corporate tax rules

The Commission proposed amendments to key EU corporate tax legislation, in order to significantly reduce tax avoidance in Europe. The proposal will close loopholes in...

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...

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...

European Commission continues legal action against Romania on rights for the self-employed

On 26 Sept. 2013, the Commission has today sent a reasoned opinion to Romania due to its failure to fully transpose the Directive on equality between...

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...

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: 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...

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 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....

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 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....

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