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Taxation and Customs Union

Commissioner Šemeta visits Moscow to strengthen EU-Russia customs cooperation

25/11/2010

IP/10/1606 Brussels, 25 November 2010 Algirdas Šemeta, Commissioner for Taxation, Customs, Audit and Anti-fraud, is visiting Moscow today to discuss ways in which customs cooperation between the EU and Russia can be reinforced....

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Taxation: the European Commission asks Belgium to put an end to the discriminatory tax treatment of certain income from capital

24/11/2010

IP/10/1563 Brussels, 24 November 2010 The European Commission has officially asked Belgium to review its tax system, which imposes additional taxes on income from capital (dividends/interest) paid by foreign intermediaries to Belgian residents who invest ...

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VAT: Commission refers Ireland to EU Court over reduced VAT rate for horses and greyhounds

24/11/2010

IP/10/1576 Brussels, 24 November 2010 The European Commission has today decided to refer Ireland to the EU's Court of Justice over its application of a 4.8% reduced VAT rate for supplies of horses and greyhounds....

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Taxation: the Commission brings France before the Court of Justice for failing to adjust its system for taxing electricity

24/11/2010

IP/10/1575 Brussels, 24 November 2010 The European Commission today decided to bring France before the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to comply with the Directive on the taxation of energy and electricity products (Directive2003/96/EC). ...

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Taxation: Commission requests Spain to amend its provisions on reduced VAT rates for medical items

24/11/2010

IP/10/1572 Brussels, 24 November 2010 The European Commission has formally requested Spain to amend its legislation which allows a reduced VAT rate for general medical equipment, appliances to alleviate animals' physical disabilities and substances used ...

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Taxation: Commission refers Denmark, The Netherlands and Spain to EU Court over exit tax rules

24/11/2010

IP/10/1565 Brussels, 24 November 2010 The European Commission has today decided to refer Denmark, The Netherlands and Spain to the EU's Court of Justice for their provisions which impose an exit tax on businesses which cease to be tax residents in these ...

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New customs rules allow developing countries more benefits from trade with the EU

18/11/2010

IP/10/1526 Brussels, 18 November 2010 Today the European Commission adopted a regulation revising rules of origin for products imported under the generalised system of preferences (GSP). This regulation relaxes and simplifies rules and procedures for ...

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Questions and Answers - Reform of GSP rules of origin

18/11/2010

MEMO/10/588 Brussels, 18 November 2010 What is GSP and what is its impact? The Generalised System of Preferences ( GSP ) is a preferential trade arrangement which gives preferential tariff treatment (i....

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Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation andAlgirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "The Importance of Information Exchange in Tax Matters"

16/11/2010

SPEECH/10/653 Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be here today to address such a distinguished audience. I would like to express my thanks to the Belgian Presidency and the Catholic University of Louvain for giving me the opportunity to speak to ...

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Clean bill of health for EU accounts; auditors find fewer errors in payments

09/11/2010

For the third year running EU's annual accounts have received a clean bill of health from its external auditors. As for payments, the overall evaluation improves visibly, with a significant drop in errors found in aid to EU's regions.

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Clean bill of health for EU accounts; auditors find fewer errors in payments

09/11/2010

IP/10/1480 Brussels, 9 November 2010 For the third year running EU's annual accounts have received a clean bill of health from its external auditors. As for payments, the overall evaluation improves visibly, with a significant drop in errors found in ...

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Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation andAlgirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "Speech on Court of Auditor's Annual Report " European

09/11/2010

SPEECH/10/627 Dear President Caldeira, Chairman, Mr Rapporteur, Honourable Members of this Committee and of the Court of Auditors, The Court's report and the Commission's replies result from a long, intensive and fruitful dialogue between the auditor ...

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