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Taxation and Customs Union

Europe strikes against the trafficking of counterfeit goods

27/06/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 28 June – more than 28.000 pieces/pairs of counterfeit textile products and accessories entering the EU by road via its Eastern border have been confiscated as a result of joint Customs operation (JCO) "Fireblade". ...

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Frequently Asked Questions: Commission's Anti-Fraud Strategy

24/06/2011

MEMO/11/454 Brussels, 24 June 2011 ANTI-FRAUD STRATEGY What is the Commission's Anti-Fraud Strategy (CAFS)? The Commission's Anti-Fraud Strategy is a document adopted today by the Commission. It aims to updating and modernising the way fraud against the ...

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Commission steps up its efforts in fighting fraud against the EU budget

23/06/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 24 June - In 2009 alone, Member States reported €280 million in suspected fraud cases involving EU funds. Although this represents less than 0.2% of the EU’s total budget, the Commission is determined to push ...

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Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud Shared transatlantic customs and tax ambitions AMCHAM PLENARY LUNCHEON Brussels, 21st June 2011

21/06/2011

SPEECH/11/458 Ladies and Gentlemen, The last time I participated in an AmCham event, in September last year, I outlined the "Priorities and Challenges of an Evolving Customs Union". Today, I would like to thank AmCham for inviting me to speak about customs ...

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Taxation: Commission refers The Netherlands to Court over VAT rules for travel agents

16/06/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June 2011 – The European Commission has today decided to refer The Netherlands to the EU's Court of Justice for failing to properly implement EU VAT rules for travel agents....

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Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation andAlgirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "Transparency, competitiveness and innovative financing

16/06/2011

SPEECH/11/442 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, It is a great honour to me to open this Conference on the effect on taxation of a "new world order". Since 2009, the crisis has been a rude awakening but we are drawing the right lessons from it....

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Budget: Commission to take Portugal to Court over overdue customs duties payment

16/06/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June 2011 - The European Commission has decided today to refer Portugal to the EU Court of Justice because of its failure to collect and transfer to the EU budget a payment linked to customs duties....

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Taxation: Commission requests Poland to amend discriminatory tax legislation for foreign investment and pension funds

16/06/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June 2011 – The European Commission has formally requested Poland to amend its tax legislation which discriminates against investment funds and pension funds from other EU countries and countries of the ...

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Taxation: Commission requests The Netherlands to amend discriminatory tax rules on fiscal unities

16/06/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June 2011 – The European Commission has formally requested The Netherlands to amend its tax legislation on fiscal unities (i.e. calculation of income tax of a group of companies on a consolidated basis). ...

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Taxation: Commission requests Estonia to amend discriminatory tax rules for non-resident investment funds

16/06/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June 2011 – The European Commission has formally requested Estonia to amend its tax legislation as it discriminates against non-resident investment funds....

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Taxation: Commission requests Hungary to amend its VAT rules on open-end leases of passenger vehicles

16/06/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 16 June 2011 – The European Commission has formally requested Hungary to amend its VAT legislation which does not allow lessees to benefit from VAT deductions in open-end leases of passenger vehicles....

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