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)....

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 ...

Customs: Commission requests Italy to review its judicial practice on remission and repayment of...

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 November 2011 - The European Commission has formally requested Italy to implement proper appeal procedures on requests for remission or reimbursement of customs duties....

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Financial reporting rules: Commission requests Romania to change accounting rules

On 26 sept. 2013, the European Commission has requested Romania to align its rules on valuation and accounting of purchased debt claims with EU...

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...

EC Customs: Public consultation on a review of the cash control Regulation

European Commission launch a public consultation on a review of Regulation (EC) N° 1889/2005 “on controls of cash entering or leaving the Community”. Period of consultation: From...

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 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...

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 ...

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...

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: 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: 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 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....

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...

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...

EUROSTAT: Taxation trends in the European Union – 2012 edition

This report contains a detailed statistical and economic analysis of the tax systems of the Member States of the European Union, plus Iceland and...

Taxation: Commission refers France to Court over tax discrimination against foreign pension and investment...

IP/11/603 Brussels, 19 May 2011 The European Commission has decided to refer France to the EU's Court of Justice for discriminatory taxation of foreign pension and investment funds in breach of EU rules on free movement of capital....
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