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 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 Belgium to amend property tax legislation

IP/11/427 Brussels, 6 April 2011 The European Commission has formally requested Belgium to amend its tax legislation which provides for tax exemption of certain types of real estate located in Belgium so as to ensure its compliance with EU rules on the...

Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "Competitive Tax...

SPEECH/11/712 Porto, 27 October 2011 Ladies and gentlemen, I am honoured to have been invited to address this distinguished audience today. We live in turbulent and uncertain times. The financial and economic crisis requires leadership and inventive ac...

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...

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...

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...

Taxation: The European Commission requests Bulgaria to amend its VAT rules

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 October 2011 – The European Commission has officially requested Bulgaria to amend its legislation on value added tax (VAT). The rules in Bulgaria on the conditions for refunding VAT to taxable persons ...

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....

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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....

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...

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 ...

Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud Shared transatlantic...

SPEECH/11/458 Ladies and Gentlemen, The last time I participated in an AmCham event, in September last year, I outlined the "Priorities and Challenges of an Evolving Customs Union". Today, I would like to thank AmCham for inviting me to speak about cus...

Taxation: Commission requests Belgium to amend two discriminatory inheritance tax provisions

IP/11/425 Brussels, 6 April 2011 The European Commission has formally requested Belgium to amend two aspects of its inheritance tax legislation which are discriminatory for non-resident heirs or recipients of gifts and for foreign organisations....

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....

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...
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