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Taxation and Customs Union

Olli Rehn appointed Commission Vice President, with additional instruments, Algirdas Šemeta responsible for Eurostat

27/10/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 October 2011 - Today, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, has decided to reinforce the role of the Commissioner competent for economic and monetary affairs by elevating the post to that of ...

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Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "Competitive Tax Policy and Tax Competition in the EU" 2nd Taxation Forum of Diario Economico/OTOC

27/10/2011

SPEECH/11/712 Porto, 27 October 2011 Ladies and gentlemen, I am honoured to have been invited to address this distinguished audience today. We live in turbulent and uncertain times. The financial and economic crisis requires leadership and inventive actions ...

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

27/10/2011

MEMO/11/739 Brussels, 27 October 2011 BUDGET EMPLOYMENT ENTERPRISE ENVIRONMENT HOME AFFAIRS DIGITAL AGENDA JUSTICE INTERNAL MARKET TRANSPORT HEALTH & CONSUMERS TAX & CUSTOMS AT 1246 1283 BE 1264 1282 1252 BG 1276 CY 1277 CZ 1245 DE 1247 1248 1283 DK 1264 ...

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Car registration tax: Commission requests Ireland and Spain to modify rules on vehicles from other Member States

27/10/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 October 2011 - The European Commission has formally requested Ireland and Spain to change the way in which they tax leased or rented vehicles from another Member State, as well as company cars in the case ...

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Taxation: Commission refers Ireland to Court of Justice over fuel excise duty exemption

27/10/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 October 2011 – The Commission has decided to refer Ireland to the EU's Court of Justice for failing to correctly implement EU rules on excise duties on fuel....

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Taxation: Commission requests Italy to implement EU VAT rules

27/10/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 October 2011 – The European Commission has formally requested Italy to comply with EU legislation and to adopt and inform the Commission of national measures to implement EU rules on the common system of ...

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Taxation: Commission refers Spain to the Court of Justice over discriminatory inheritance and gift tax rules

27/10/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 October 2011 – The European Commission has decided to refer Spain to the EU's Court of Justice for discriminatory rules on inheritance and gift tax that require non-residents to pay higher taxes than residents. ...

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Taxation: Commission refers Cyprus to the Court of Justice over discriminatory car taxation rules

27/10/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels 27 October 2011 – The Commission has today decided to refer Cyprus to the EU's Court of Justice because its car taxation rules discriminate against non-Cypriot EU citizens who transfer a car into Cyprus....

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Taxation: The European Commission requests Bulgaria to amend its VAT rules

27/10/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 27 October 2011 – The European Commission has officially requested Bulgaria to amend its legislation on value added tax (VAT). The rules in Bulgaria on the conditions for refunding VAT to taxable persons subject ...

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Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud Reaching a level playing field for taxation across Europe Debate on Taxation in European Parliament P...

25/10/2011

SPEECH/11/709 Chair, Honourable Members, I would like to thank the European Parliament, and in particular Sven Giegold and Sharon Bowles for the report on the proposal to recast the so-called Parent-Subsidiary taxation Directive and the oral question....

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Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "Customs cooperation at the Eastern borders" High-level seminar on customs cooperation in the EU East...

20/10/2011

SPEECH/11/694 Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, The Polish presidency of the EU kindly invited me to address this high-level seminar on customs cooperation in the EU Eastern neighbourhood; I found it a welcome opportunity to follow up on our common ...

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Algirdas Šemeta Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-fraud "EU Revenue: The Future of Own Resources" Conference on EU Multiannual Financial Framework 2...

20/10/2011

SPEECH/11/696 Honourable Members of the European Parliament and the National Parliaments, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am honoured to be invited here today to discuss the funding of the European Budget with the members of the European and National Parliaments, ...

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Questions and Answers: OLAF's 2011 Annual Operational Report

19/10/2011

MEMO/11/714 Brussels, 19 October 2011 What does the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) do? The mission of OLAF is to protect the financial interests of the EU, to fight fraud, corruption and any other irregular activity affecting the EU budget, including ...

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Algirdas Šemeta EU Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud "EU tax policy in support of the EU 2020 Growth Strategy" The FEE Tax Day 2011 Brussels, 11 October 2011

11/10/2011

SPEECH/11/650 Ladies and Gentlemen, Honourable guests, I am honoured to be invited here today to present to you the European Commission’s policy and my main projects in the taxation area. The current economic situation and the challenges European Member ...

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2011 Report 'Tax reforms in EU Member States': EU Member States face challenges in tax policies

10/10/2011

European Commission - Press release Brussels, 10 October 2011 - The consequences of the financial and economic crisis are deeply reflected in Member States' government revenues. Having implemented a wide range of tax stimulus measures from 2008 to 2010, ...

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