Taxation and Customs Union
Commissioner Šemeta and Minister Sheng Guangzu, General Administration of Customs China signed a Strategic Framework for Cooperation in Customs, in which they committed to improve the supply chain security, Intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement and the fight against fraud.
Today, the Commission published a Communication which outlines the most serious tax problems that EU citizens face in cross-border situations and announces plans for solutions. When individuals move or work or invest abroad, they can encounter double taxation and other difficulties such as in claiming tax refunds and in obtaining information on foreign tax rules. The Communication announces plans in some areas such as cross-border income, inheritance taxes, dividend taxes, car registration taxes and e-Commerce.
Commissioner Šemeta emphasizes the importance of transatlantic cooperation in the field of taxation and customs
Today Algirdas Šemeta, Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud, is visiting United States, where he takes part in the Transatlantic Economic Council. In his speech to the US Chamber of Commerce Commissioner has emphasized the importance of transatlantic cooperation in the fields of taxation and customs. Further views were exchanged with the business community in the framework of the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue.
"On customs issues as well as on taxation both the US and the EU have taken steps and have the possibility to consolidate their budgets while offering businesses a pro growth environment," said Mr. Šemeta.
US and EU officials will intensify their work to coordinate the approach to security threats in global supply chains. This was the outcome of a meeting between Secretary Janet Napolitano of the US Department of Homeland Security and Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta in Washington on 15 December 2010.
Ce 14 décembre 2010, M. Algirdas Šemeta, Commissaire européen chargé de la fiscalité, de l’Union douanière, de l’audit et de la lutte anti-fraude, a informé personnellement Mme Marie-Luce Penchard, Ministre chargée de l’Outre-mer, de l’adoption, le jour même, par le Collège des Commissaires, du rapport de la Commission sur le régime de l'impôt "octroi de mer" concernant les quatre départements français d'outre mer.
From 1 January 2011, traders will have to make an electronic declaration to Customs with security data on goods before they leave or enter the European Union. The aim of this measure is to increase security in international trade, by enabling customs to carry out better risk analyses on the basis of the information received in advance, and therefore to better target controls.
“In the current economic climate, when public budgets are under such pressure, we need to work together as a Union and ensure that each Member State can collect the revenue that it is due. That is what today’s agreement is about. It sends a strong signal to the world that the EU is serious about the fight against tax fraud and evasion, and that we will continue to insist on good governance, both at home and internationally,” says Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta.
"We need a VAT system for the 21st century: simple, modern and effective", says Taxation Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta.