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Décharge budgétaire

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08/04/2014

Following the European Parliament's decision to grant discharge for the 2012 EU budget, the Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta on 4 April 2014 made a statement that sets out the successes in EU financial management over the past few years, and where further work needs to be done.

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Commissioner Šemeta welcomes Council's recommendation to grant discharge on 2012 budget English (en)

18/02/2014

The EU Council of Economic and Finance Ministers in Brussels today voted in favour of granting discharge to the Commission on the 2012 budget, in a recommendation to the European Parliament. The Council recommendation is an essential part of the budgetary discharge procedure, which is completed with a vote in the European Parliament plenary each Spring. The Commission will follow up carefully on the concrete recommendations on areas where further improvements could be made.

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Commission welcomes EP positive vote on discharge for the 2011 EU budget English (en) lietuvių kalba (lt)

17/04/2013

The Commission welcomes the European Parliament's decision to grant discharge to the Commission in respect of the implementation of the 2011 EU budget.

Algirdas Šemeta, Commissioner responsible for Taxation, Customs, Statistics, Audit and Anti-Fraud, said:  "The decision by the European Parliament to grant discharge to the Commission is recognition of our consistent effort over the years to improve the management and control of EU funds. I agree with the Council and Parliament when they call for further simplification of the rules and processes in order to reduce the risk of errors. I agree with them when they call on Member States to take up their full responsibilities, given that they are first in line in managing and controlling about 80% of the whole budget.

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Commission welcomes EP positive vote on discharge for the 2010 budget English (en) lietuvių kalba (lt)

10/05/2012

Brussels, 10 May 2012 – The Commission welcomes today's decision by the European Parliament to grant discharge to the Commission in respect of the implementation of the 2010 budget.

Algirdas Šemeta, Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud, said: "I greatly appreciate the support that the European Parliament has shown today for our work to ensure that EU funds are correctly controlled and managed. The very constructive dialogue between our two institutions in the run up to today's vote has confirmed a common ambition to ensure that EU taxpayers' money is spent properly, and spent well. Huge improvements have been made over the past 10 years but we can't stop here. The Commission has tabled even stronger measures for EU financial management under the next generation of spending programmes, which will help to reduce errors even further. I count on the co-legislators, Parliament and Council to back these measures, so that we can continue to assure citizens that we are doing everything in our power to protect their money."

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Statement of Commissioner Šemeta on the European Parliament's vote on discharge English (en) lietuvių kalba (lt)

10/05/2011

Following the vote of the European Parliament granting discharge to the European Commission for the 2009 budget, Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta, in charge of Audit and Discharge, said:

"I warmly welcome the granting of discharge by the European Parliament to the Commission for the 2009 budget. This is proof that the excellent cooperation we have had with the European Parliament, in particular with the rapporteurs to ensure a common understanding on the issue and the way forward for better financial management of the EU budget, is paying off.

The discussions we had this morning clearly showed the Commission and the Parliament - together with the Council - need to reflect on how the responsibility of the various financial actors can be better defined. The responsibility of EU Member States there is crucial. To this end, the Commission has put forward proposals to revise the EU's Budget Financial Regulation.

In addition, the need to simplify our rules and financial processes is a top priority of our discussions on the Multi-Annual financial Framework post-2013. I am personally convinced that combining simpler rules for managing our EU-funded projects with strong control mechanisms is key for all actors involved, ranging from the beneficiaries to Member States and EU institutions and bodies".

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Fiscalité et Union douanière

Statement by Commissioner Semeta on Savings Tax Directive English (en)

11/03/2014

The discussion today at ECOFIN on the EU Savings Tax Directive was a constructive one, and proof that all our Member States are now behind greater tax transparency.

While it is again disappointing that we could not get political agreement on this file today, it is clear that we are very near the finishing line.

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Commissioner Šemeta welcomes European Parliament's support for the Standard VAT Return English (en)

27/02/2014

Algirdas Šemeta, EU Commissioner for Taxation, welcomed the European Parliament's strong support  for a Standard VAT Return.

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Commissioner Šemeta welcomes G20 Finance Ministers' agreement on global tax transparency standard English (en)

24/02/2014

Algirdas Šemeta, EU Commissioner for Taxation, has welcomed the G20 Finance Ministers' agreement on a new global standard which will reinforce the fight against tax evasion and improve tax transparency worldwide.

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Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta underlined the importance of fair tax competition in the EU English (en)

11/02/2014

Speaking at the EU Competition Forum today, Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta underlined the importance of fair tax competition in the EU, and the measures being taken by the Commission to secure it.

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Speech of Commissioner Šemeta on Financial Transaction Tax in the EP Plenary Debate English (en)

04/02/2014

"It is time for all FTT supporters to stand up and team up for progress. This means adapting to the reality of the situation today, and finding a way forward.
 
The broad based FTT is the one that the Commission – and many stakeholders and citizens – want. I still believe that it is the best option to achieve our legitimate objectives. But we must play with the cards we are dealt. If we want results, we must nurture what can be achieved, rather than relentlessly pursue what cannot.

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Lutte antifraude

Fighting Fake Euros: Commissioner Šemeta welcomes adoption of "Pericles 2020" English (en)

11/03/2014

Algirdas Šemeta, Commissioner responsible for anti-fraud, welcomed Member States' formal adoption today of the Pericles 2020 programme to help protect the euro against counterfeiting.

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Fighting fraud: Annual report underlines need for strong measures to protect EU budget English (en)

24/07/2013

Fraud affecting the EU budget increased slightly in 2012 compared to 2011, according to the Commission's annual report on the "Protection of the EU's Financial Interests". On the expenditure side, in total, €315 million in EU funds were affected by fraud, or 0.25% of the expenditure budget. This compares to €295 million the previous year. The reason for this increase lies almost entirely with two cases of fraud in pre-accession funds, involving large sums. On the revenue side of the budget, suspected or confirmed fraud amounted to €77.6 million, representing 0.42% of the total traditional own resources collected for 2012. This compares to €109 million the previous year.

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Protecting taxpayers’ money against fraud: Commission proposes European Public Prosecutor's Office and reinforces OLAF procedural guarantees English (en) lietuvių kalba (lt)

17/07/2013

Today, the European Commission is taking action to improve Union-wide prosecution of criminals who defraud EU taxpayers by establishing a European Public Prosecutor's Office. Its exclusive task will be to investigate and prosecute and, where relevant, bring to judgement – in the Member States' courts - crimes affecting the EU budget. The European Public Prosecutor's Office will be an independent institution, subject to democratic oversight.

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Commissioner Šemeta welcomes European Parliament vote on OLAF reform English (en)

03/07/2013

Following the European Parliament's vote in favour of the new OLAF Regulation today, Commissioner Šemeta said:

"The reform of OLAF will create a stronger EU anti-fraud office, and thereby stronger protection of European taxpayers' money. I warmly welcome the European Parliament's support for the new OLAF Regulation today. This will cement important changes in how OLAF works, making it more efficient and more accountable, while safeguarding its independence. It will also ensure that OLAF has full cooperation from all those who are central to the EU fight against fraud."

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EU strategy to step up fight against illicit tobacco trade English (en) lietuvių kalba (lt) cymraeg (cy)

06/06/2013

Today the European Commission has adopted a comprehensive package to step up its fight against illicit tobacco trade, especially cigarette smuggling. The illicit tobacco trade is a global threat depriving Member States and the EU of over €10 billion revenue every year in terms of unpaid taxes and duties.  Not only does this hit national revenues hard, illicit trade also fuels the shadow economy since it is almost exclusively the domain of organised criminal groups operating across borders. Furthermore, it also undermines health policy initiatives aimed at discouraging the consumption of tobacco products and legitimate business as most illicit products are not made in line with EU rules on tobacco products. To effectively tackle the problem of illicit tobacco trade, the Commission's strategy sets out a number of coordinated measures at national, EU and international level.

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Audit

Commissioner Šemeta presented EU plan to fight tax evasion and avoidance English (en)

06/12/2012

"Around one trillion euros is lost to tax evasion and avoidance every year in the EU. Not only is this is a scandalous loss of much-needed revenue, it is also a threat to fair taxation. While Member States must toughen national measures against tax evasion, unilateral solutions alone won't work.

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Commissioner Šemeta presented EU plan to fight tax evasion and avoidance English (en)

06/11/2012

"Around one trillion euros is lost to tax evasion and avoidance every year in the EU. Not only is this is a scandalous loss of much-needed revenue, it is also a threat to fair taxation. While Member States must toughen national measures against tax evasion, unilateral solutions alone won't work.

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Nouveau certificat de bonne santé pour les comptes de l'Union européenne: des améliorations ont été constatées dans de nombreux secteurs de paiements

10/11/2011

Bruxelles, le 10 novembre 2011 – Pour la quatrième année consécutive, les comptes annuels de l'Union européenne (UE) ont été validés par les auditeurs externes. En ce qui concerne les dépenses de l'UE, le taux d'erreur global est une fois de plus inférieur à 4 %, ce qui signifie que la grande majorité (soit au moins 96 %) des paiements totaux effectués en 2010 ne présentaient aucune erreur quantifiable.

M. Algirdas Šemeta, membre de la Commission chargé de la fiscalité, de l’union douanière, de l’audit et de la lutte antifraude, a déclaré à ce propos: «Le rapport de la Cour des comptes confirme que nous sommes sur la bonne voie, mais il ne faut pas pour autant relâcher les efforts que nous déployons pour protéger le budget de l'UE. Nous préparons actuellement la prochaine génération de fonds européens. Nous avons là l'occasion d'améliorer encore la qualité des dépenses de l'Union et d'assurer une meilleure utilisation du budget de l'UE, tout particulièrement dans les domaines d'action gérés conjointement avec les États membres.  Ce sera également le moment de montrer à l'ensemble des contribuables que la Commission met tout en œuvre pour garantir que l'argent public est dépensé et contrôlé efficacement

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10th Anniversary of the Internal Audit Service of the European Commission English (en)

04/07/2011

Internal Audit Service (IAS) of the European Commission is celebrating 10 years anniversary today.

In the conference, dedicated to the 10 years of activities of this service, Commissioner for Audit Algirdas Šemeta said: "from the standing start in 2001 we now have an independent, internationally respected, multi-national service conforming to the highest standards.  This is a particularly impressive achievement in the light of the substantial changes of the last decade – in particular the Treaty changes extending the geographical and policy scope of the European Union." 

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Commissioner Šemeta participates in the Annual Conference organised by the Internal Audit Service of the European Commission English (en)

25/10/2010

The topic of the 2010 IAS conference was 'External Audit, Internal Audit'. The conference gathered some 400 participants. Commissioner Šemeta gave the opening speech pdf - 40 KB [40 KB] .

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