Extracts from the press conference by Algirdas Šemeta on the fight against tax fraud and tax evasion
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 27/06/2012 First transmission: 27/06/2012
On 27 June 2012, Algirdas Šemeta, Member of the EC in charge of Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud, gave a press conference in Brussels and presented the concrete measures on tax fraud set out by the European Commission.
Minimum sanctions for tax crimes, a cross-border tax identification number, an EU tax-payer's charter and stronger common measures against tax havens. These are just some of the concrete ideas that the European Commission has put forward on that day to improve the fight against tax fraud and evasion in the EU.
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||Algirdas Šemeta, Member of the EC in charge of Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud, at the press conference on tax fraud, in Brussels
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||Soundbite by Algirdas Šemeta (in ENGLISH): In the spirit of fiscal union, these measures would ensure greater tax coordination, to better address a shared challenge.
In the spirit of fiscal consolidation, they can deliver vast revenues if effectively applied.
And in the spirit of growth, they would give Member States more leeway to create job-friendly tax systems and to invest in growth-promoting measures.
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||Soundbite by Algirdas Šemeta (in ENGLISH): Greater coordination must also be applied in our relations with non-EU countries, and in dealing with tax havens. The Commission will outline, before the end of the year, how we can use our collective muscle to target those who shield EU tax evaders and encourage good governance internationally.
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||Soundbite by Algirdas Šemeta (in ENGLISH): First and foremost, Member States must put their own houses in order. Poor administration and weak enforcement mechanisms undermine all efforts to combat fraud and evasion. The Commission has recommended that 10 Member States in particular, and the Eurozone as a whole, take steps to improve their tax collection capacities.
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||Soundbite by Algirdas Šemeta (in ENGLISH): Today's Communication outlines ways in which tax compliance can be made easier for businesses in the EU, because I do appreciate the administrative burdens that companies, especially SMEs, often face. Beyond this, however, there is a need to address the "pay as little as you can" attitude of some companies. Paying taxes may not be pleasant, but it is what holds our society together. Why should teachers, nurses and shop-keepers carry a heavier tax burden just because large companies can employ clever tax planners to avoid paying their share?
||Algirdas Šemeta leaving the press conference