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European Commission seeks tougher rules to protect taxpayers' money from fraud

26/05/2011

IP/11/644 Brussels, 26 May 2011 In a policy paper adopted today, the European Commission set out a series of measures enabling prosecutors and judges across the EU to fight fraud against the European Union’s financial interests more effectively....

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Frequently Asked Questions: European Commission seeks tougher rules to protect taxpayers' money from fraud

26/05/2011

MEMO/11/343 Brussels, 26 May 2011 What is the purpose of the Communication on the protection of the financial interests of the EU? Protecting taxpayers from fraud and other crimes against the EU budget is a top priority for the Commission....

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Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation andAlgirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "Enforcement of IPR by Customs: Stronger, clearer and u

24/05/2011

SPEECH/11/375 Good afternoon, Thank you, Michel Barnier for setting out the new package of measures concerning Intellectual Property Rights, or IPR. The Crucial role of customs This morning the Commission adopted a proposal for new customs legislation ...

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Commission sets out "blueprint" for Intellectual Property Rights to boost creativity and innovation

24/05/2011

IP/11/630 Brussels, 24 May 2011 Intellectual property rights (IPR), which comprise patents, trademarks, designs and geographical indications, as well as copyright (authors' rights) and rights related to copyright (for performers, producers and broadcasters), ...

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

19/05/2011

memo/11/312 Brussels, 19 May 2011 AGRI EMPL ENER ENTR ENV INFSO MARKT MOVE SANCO TAXUD Austria 587 616 Belgium 602 612 587 589 607 608 Bulgaria 587 Cyprus 597 589 Czech Republic 591 Estonia 589 France 610 595 596 587 589 601 603 Germany 598 616 Greece ...

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Customs union: Commission asks Belgium to review the opening hours of its customs offices and the fees charged for certain operations

19/05/2011

IP/11/608 Brussels, 19 May 2011 The European Commission has formally asked Belgium to comply with the customs rules of the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA), and in particular to amend its customs legislation so as to apply appropriate ...

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Taxation: Commission requests Belgium to amend discriminatory tax provisions on donations of shares

19/05/2011

IP/11/607 Brussels, 19 May 2011 The European Commission has formally requested Belgium to amend its discriminatory tax legislation on donations of shares to comply with its obligations under the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement....

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Taxation: Commission requests UK to further amend its treatment of controlled foreign corporations (CFCs)

19/05/2011

IP/11/606 Brussels, 19 May 2011 The European Commission has formally requested the United Kingdom to amend its legislation to better take into account the rulings of the EU's Court of Justice on the tax treatment of controlled foreign corporations (CFCs). ...

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Taxation: Commission refers Spain to Court over reduced VAT rate for medical equipment

19/05/2011

IP/11/605 Brussels, 19 May 2011 The European Commission has decided to refer Spain to the EU's Court of Justice concerning its illegal application of a reduced rate of value added tax (VAT) to general medical equipment, appliances to alleviate animals' ...

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Taxation: Commission demands that Italy comply with the provisions of the VAT Directive on exemptions for ships

19/05/2011

IP/11/604 Brussels, 19 May 2011 The European Commission has formally asked Italy to amend its legislation to bring it into line with the rules on exemptions for ships laid down in the VAT Directive . The Directive provides for exemptions from VAT, under ...

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Taxation: Commission refers France to Court over tax discrimination against foreign pension and investment funds

19/05/2011

IP/11/603 Brussels, 19 May 2011 The European Commission has decided to refer France to the EU's Court of Justice for discriminatory taxation of foreign pension and investment funds in breach of EU rules on free movement of capital....

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Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation andAlgirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "Pooling our efforts to build a modern Customs Union" 7

19/05/2011

SPEECH/11/358 Chairman, Directors General, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is a particular pleasure for me to open this meeting of the Club of Directors General here today in my home country. In addition to leading a successful meeting, I trust that Director ...

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Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation andAlgirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "2009 discharge granted to the European Commission" Eur

10/05/2011

SPEECH/11/321 Mr President, Mr Chatzimarkakis, Rapporteurs, Honourable Members, First, allow me to thank the Budget Control Committee, and in particular the rapporteur Mr Chatzimarkakis, for the report he has drawn up and for the recommendation that the ...

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Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation andAlgirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud Our ambitions for the VAT system of the next 10 years C

06/05/2011

SPEECH/11/314 Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me start by saying how pleased and impressed I am by the number of people who managed to come to Milano today from all over Europe and beyond in order to take a more active role in the public consultation on the ...

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