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Commissioner Semeta addresses EP Committee on Budgetary Control on the 2009 Budget Discharge

28/02/2011

28 February 2011 Algirdas Semeta, Commissioner responsible for Taxation, Customs, Audit and Anti-Fraud, took part the European Parliament Cocobu Committee's meeting on the discharge of the 2009 budget. In response to the Rapporteur's draft report on the budget discharge, the Commissioner outlined a series of measures being taken by the Commission to address shared concerns related to the management and control of the EU budget.

Commissioner Semeta underlined that: "...our analysis already shows that a limited number of Member States account for a relatively high proportion of the reservations made by the Directors General in their Activity Reports, as well as for a significant number of the interruptions, suspensions, financial corrections and recoveries made. We need to draw conclusions from this fact and concentrate our efforts on the weakest authorities first with enhanced assistance but also, where needed, with preventive (interruption/suspension of payments) and curative (financial correction and recovery at closure) measures. And the Commission will do so."

He welcomed the Council's recommendation to grant budget discharge for 2009, while highlighting the need for all responsible actors to do more in the management of EU programmes, particularly the Member States.

 

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Taxation and Customs Union

Commissioner Šemeta urges Russian government to tackle problems at the border

25/02/2011

Today, 24 February 2011, Commissioner Šemeta has participated in the meeting of the European Commission with the Russian Government. In his meeting with the Minister of Industry and Trade Viktor Khristenko, Minister of Economic Development Elvira Nabiullina and Minister of Agriculture Yelena Skrynnik, Commissioner has raised a number of customs and anti-fraud questions. Comissioner noted, that on the top of his agenda are 2 problems, which are needlessly costing both the EU and Russia far too much money today, namely, border congestion and fraud.

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Commissioner Šemeta urges Russian government to tackle problems at the border

24/02/2011

Today, 24 February 2011, Commissioner Šemeta has participated in the meeting of the European Commission with the Russian Government. In his meeting with the Minister of Industry and Trade Viktor Khristenko, Minister of Economic Development Elvira Nabiullina and Minister of Agriculture Yelena Skrynnik, Commissioner has raised a number of customs and anti-fraud questions. Comissioner noted, that on the top of his agenda are 2 problems, which are needlessly costing both the EU and Russia far too much money today, namely, border congestion and fraud.

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Commission seeks views on taxation of the financial sector

22/02/2011

Today, the Commission (DG Taxation and Customs) is launching a public consultation on the taxation of the financial sector, to receive as wide as possible receive feedback on the ideas set out in the Commission's Communication last October (see IP/10/1298).

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Commissioner's Šemeta Speech in the Conference "Single Market. Time to Act"

08/02/2011

Today, 8 February 2011 Taxation and Customs Commissioner Šemeta has shared his views on the role of tax and customs in the re-launch of the Single Market.

In his speech, delivered in the conference "Single Market. Time to Act" Commissioner said:

"In today's globalised economy, no Member State can deal with the challenges we face on its own. Only the EU, with a strong Single Market, can protect our common interests and values internationally, ensure a level playing field for businesses and establish a secure environment for citizens.

It is time to act. I intend to contribute actively to the re-launch of the Single Market with several important initiatives in the areas of taxation and customs.

Among these initiatives are:  corporate taxation, value added tax, energy taxation, tackling double taxation and a modern customs Union. "

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