Commisioner Šemeta about the tax challenges and opportunities in an ever-closer Union
Brussels, 27 April, 2012. Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta delivered a keynote speech in the CEPS-ETFP Tax Conference 2012 on the tax challenges and opportunities in an ever-closer Union. In his speech Commissioner addressed the role of the tax policy in the reinforced economic governance framework, presented the priorities for Member States' structural reforms in order to ensure that tax policy contributes to recovery and highlighted the importance of the EU tax coordination.
Commissioner said: "The crisis has changed attitudes to how we approach taxation within the EU. Gone are the days when Member States can "go it alone", implementing tax policies in isolation without a thought to what their neighbours are doing.
Heads of State and government have called for stronger coordination through enhanced dialogue on taxation at EU level, putting special emphasis on improving the efficiency of tax collection and tackling tax evasion. Taxation is now repeatedly highlighted as a fundamental component in our recovery efforts.
Most Member States are committed to progressing and to using all the tools available to deliver – and rightly so. They can count on the active support and involvement of the Commission in this endeavour."
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