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Taxation and Customs Union

Direct taxation: Commission requests Germany, Greece and Belgium to remove discriminatory provisions

30/09/2010

IP/10/1253 Brussels, 30 September 2010 The European Commission has today sent formal requests to Germany, Greece and Belgium to change their tax rules as it considers them to be discriminatory. The discriminatory regimes in question concern the inability ...

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Excise duty: Commission requests Latvia to amend discriminatory rules on bio-fuel from other Member States

30/09/2010

IP/10/1243 Brussels, 30 September 2010 The European Commission has requested Latvia to amend its legislation so as to no longer discriminate against bio-fuel from other EU Member States. Latvian law grants a lower rate of excise duty only for bio-fuel ...

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Direct taxation: Commission requests UK to ensure reimbursement of taxes paid in violation of EU law

30/09/2010

IP/10/1251 Brussels, 30 September 2010 The European Commission has formally requested the United Kingdom to change its Finance Act 2007 to ensure that the abolition of the "remedy for repayment of taxes paid in mistake of law" is subject to proper transitional ...

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Direct taxation: Commission requests The Netherlands to change discriminatory tax laws

30/09/2010

IP/10/1252 Brussels, 30 September 2010 The European Commission has today decided to send four separate requests to The Netherlands to change discriminatory tax rules. The discriminatory tax regimes in question concern succession and gift duties on country ...

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Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "EU Tax and Regulatory Trends" KPMG Global Tax Summit Prague, 29 September 2010

29/09/2010

SPEECH/10/493 Madam/Mister Chair, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am very pleased and honoured to have been invited to the annual KPMG tax Summit and share views on the European Tax policy with so many experts....

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Contraband and counterfeit cigarettes: frequently asked questions

27/09/2010

MEMO/10/448 Brussels, 27 September 2010 How was the agreement with ITL negotiated? The negotiations lasted for over two years. The EU and the participating Member States were represented in the negotiations by the European Commission....

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European Commission and Imperial Tobacco sign agreement to combat illicit trade in tobacco

27/09/2010

IP/10/1179 Brussels, 27 September 2010 Today the European Commission announced a multi-year agreement with Imperial Tobacco Limited (ITL) to work together in tackling the illicit trade in tobacco products....

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Questions and Answers on Cash Controls at EU Customs

17/09/2010

MEMO/10/422 Brussels, 17 September 2010 What are the existing EU tools to fight money laundering and terrorism financing? A series of measures are in place at EU level to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing, in particular the Anti-Money Laundering ...

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Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "Corruption as a threat to the financial interests of the European Union" European Parliament – EPP Publ

15/09/2010

SPEECH/10/445 Mrs. Chair, Honourable Members, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Let me express my gratitude to the organisers of this event who constantly keep an eye on the problem of corruption and raise this important issue that merits our ...

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Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "Priorities and Challenges of an Evolving Customs Union" Conference "European Customs in a Changing World"

14/09/2010

SPEECH/10/429 Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, Let me start by warmly thanking AMCHAM EU for organising this conference and for offering me the opportunity of sharing some thoughts about European Customs in a Changing World with this distinguished ...

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Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels 6 and 7 September 2010

06/09/2010

MEMO/10/392 Brussels, 6 September 2010 ECOFIN COUNCIL (AAT/CH) The Council of Economic and Finance Ministers will start at 9H on Tuesday 7 September. It will be attended by Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, Olli Rehn and Commissioner for ...

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