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Taxation and Customs Union

Operation of preferential trade to become easier between the European Union, the partners of the Southern Mediterranean and the Western Balkans

19/04/2011

IP/11/502 Brussels, 19 April 2011 Operations of preferential trade to become easier between the European Union, the partners of the Southern Mediterranean and the Western Balkans The Council of the EU has decided to launch the process of signing the regional ...

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Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation andAlgirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "Customs cooperation - The path towards an ambitious st

14/04/2011

SPEECH/11/269 Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me first of all congratulate the Hungarian presidency on its success in strengthening the focus on customs relations between the EU and its neighbours....

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Energy taxation: Commission promotes energy efficiency and more environmental friendly products

13/04/2011

IP/11/468 Brussels, 13 April 2011 The European Commission has today presented its proposal to overhaul the outdated rules on the taxation of energy products in the European Union. The new rules aim to restructure the way energy products are taxed to remove ...

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Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation andAlgirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "Revising the Energy Taxation Directive for a more effi

13/04/2011

SPEECH/11/265 This morning, the Commission adopted a proposal that will ensure that energy products are taxed in a smarter way in Europe. Energy Taxation is an issue that affects everyone: Member States, businesses as well as citizens....

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Revision of the Energy Taxation Directive – Questions and Answers

13/04/2011

MEMO/11/238 Brussels, 13 April 2011 What is the Energy Taxation Directive? Energy taxes already exist in all EU Member States, and are harmonised to a certain degree at EU level. The current Energy Taxation Directive, adopted in 2003, was designed primarily ...

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SPEECH/11/254 Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "Europe's tax agenda for the future" CEPS conference Brussels, 11 avril 2011

11/04/2011

Ladies and gentlemen, I am grateful to the European Tax Policy Forum and Centre for European Policy Studies for the invitation and the opportunity to address this distinguished audience. In my speech today I will focus in particular on the four issues ...

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EU law: Commission acts to ensure that European legislation is fully and properly implemented

06/04/2011

memo/11/220 Brussels, 6 April 2011 Infringement package: overview of press releases CLIMA EMPL ENER ENV HOME INFSO JUST MARKT MOVE TAXUD Austria 433 431 Belgium 419 434 435 438 421 422 423 425 427 Bulgaria 424 Cyprus 440 415 416 426 Czech Republic 424 ...

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EU law: Commission acts to ensure that European legislation is fully and properly implemented

06/04/2011

memo/11/220 Brussels, 6 April 2011 Infringement package: overview of press releases CLIMA EMPL ENER ENV HOME INFSO JUST MARKT MOVE TAXUD Austria 433 431 Belgium 419 434 435 438 421 422 423 425 427 Bulgaria 424 Cyprus 440 415 416 426 Czech Republic 424 ...

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Taxation: Commission refers The Netherlands to Court over tax discrimination against foreign charities

06/04/2011

IP/11/429 Brussels, 6 April 2011 The European Commission has decided to refer The Netherlands to the EU's Court of Justice because its tax treatment of gifts to charities is discriminatory and in breach of EU rules on the free movement of capital....

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Taxation: Commission requests Germany to extend VAT exemptions for sharing costs of services

06/04/2011

IP/11/428 Brussels, 6 April 2011 The European Commission has formally requested Germany to amend its value added tax (VAT) legislation so as to extend the scope of the exemption from VAT for services supplied to their members by independent groups of ...

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Taxation: Commission requests Belgium to amend property tax legislation

06/04/2011

IP/11/427 Brussels, 6 April 2011 The European Commission has formally requested Belgium to amend its tax legislation which provides for tax exemption of certain types of real estate located in Belgium so as to ensure its compliance with EU rules on the ...

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Taxation: Commission requests Cyprus to modify discriminatory excise duty rules for imported second-hand motorcycles

06/04/2011

IP/11/426 Brussels, 6 April 2011 The European Commission has formally requested Cyprus to amend its legislation on depreciation scales for the calculation of excise duties on second-hand motorcycles because the current rules discriminate against imported ...

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Taxation: Commission requests Belgium to amend two discriminatory inheritance tax provisions

06/04/2011

IP/11/425 Brussels, 6 April 2011 The European Commission has formally requested Belgium to amend two aspects of its inheritance tax legislation which are discriminatory for non-resident heirs or recipients of gifts and for foreign organisations....

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Taxation: Commission refers Belgium to Court over tax discrimination against Icelandic and Norwegian investment funds

06/04/2011

IP/11/423 Brussels, 6 April 2011 The European Commission has decided to refer Belgium to the EU's Court of Justice for discriminatory taxation of certain Icelandic and Norwegian collective investment funds in breach of EU rules on free movement of capital ...

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Taxation: Commission refers Belgium to Court over discriminatory taxation of foreign investment companies

06/04/2011

IP/11/422 Brussels, 6 April 2011 The European Commission has decided to refer Belgium to the EU's Court of Justice because of its discriminatory taxation of foreign investment companies. Such discrimination is in breach of EU Single Market rules on the ...

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Taxation: Commission formally requests Belgium to change its law on taxation of capital gains

06/04/2011

IP/11/421 Brussels, 6 April 2011 The European Commission has formally requested Belgium to amend its rules concerning the taxation of capital gains because they discriminate against assets outside Belgium and so breach basic EU Single Market rules (freedom ...

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Taxation: EU/US Dialogue on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act

06/04/2011

IP/11/413 Brussels, 6 April 2011 In a letter sent to the US tax authorities this morning, the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission invited the US authorities to engage in a dialogue on how to best achieve ...

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Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation andAlgirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud Tax coordination in Europe: the way forward after the E

02/04/2011

SPEECH/11/232 Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great pleasure to be here today. I am grateful to the European House Ambrosetti for the invitation and for the possibility to say a few words before our debate....

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Anti-Fraud

OLAF, Eurojust meet to coordinate investigations into Members of the European Parliament

11/04/2011

olaf/11/6 Brussels, 11 April 2011 OLAF in cooperation with Eurojust hosted a meeting last Friday with judicial authorities from Belgium, Austria, Slovenia and Romania on the ongoing investigations into some Members of the European Parliament (MEP)....

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Cigarette smugglers in Lithuania caught with 70 million cigarettes

11/04/2011

olaf/11/5 Brussels, 11 April 2011 Nine people have been arrested in Lithuania in a criminal investigation which the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has been coordinating for over a year. The investigation, involving law enforcement authorities in Lithuania, ...

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