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 ...

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...

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....

First estimate for 2011 Euro area external trade deficit 7.7 bn euro 152.8 bn...

STAT/12/27 15 February 2012 The first estimate for the euro area1 (EA17) trade in goods balance with the rest of the world in December 2011 gave a 9.7 bn euro surplus, compared with -1.7 bn in December 2010....

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 ...

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)....

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...

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

SPEECH/11/694 Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, The Polish presidency of the EU kindly invited me to address this high-level seminar on customs cooperation in the EU Eastern neighbourhood; I found it a welcome opportunity to follow up on our common ...

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 ...

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....

Getting implementation of Solvency 2 right

Speech of M. Barnier

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 ...

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

SPEECH/11/269 Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me first of all congratulate the Hungarian presidency on its success in strengthening the focus on customs relations between the EU and its neighbours....

December 2011 compared with November 2011 Industrial production down by 1.1% in euro area...

STAT/12/24 14 February 2012 In December 2011 compared with November 2011, seasonally adjusted industrial production1 fell by 1.1% in the euro area2 (EA17) and by 0.6% in the EU272. In November3 production remained stable in both zones....

Europe strikes against the trafficking of counterfeit goods

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 June – more than 28.000 pieces/pairs of counterfeit textile products and accessories entering the EU by road via its Eastern border have been confiscated as a result of joint Customs operation (JCO) "F...

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...

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...

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 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....

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 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...

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...

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

SPEECH/11/442 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, It is a great honour to me to open this Conference on the effect on taxation of a "new world order". Since 2009, the crisis has been a rude awakening but we are drawing the right lessons from it....

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....
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