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Taxation and Customs Union

The 2013 Annual Growth Survey: Frequently Asked Questions

28/11/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 28 November 2012 What is the Annual Growth Survey (AGS)? The AGS sets out what the Commission believes should be the overall budgetary, economic and social priorities for the coming year.

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Annual Growth Survey 2013: Charting the course to recovery

28/11/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 November 2012 Brussels, 28 November 2012 – The European Commission today adopted the 2013 Annual Growth Survey (AGS), setting out five priorities designed to guide Member States through the crisis to renewed growth.

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The 2013 Annual Growth Survey: Towards fair and competitive tax systems

28/11/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 28 November 2012 National tax reforms in 2011 and 2012 were driven more by consolidation needs than in the preceding few years, resulting in increases in income tax and/or VAT in most Member States.

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November infringements package: main decisions

21/11/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 21 November 2012 November November CLIMATE ACTION EMPLOYMENT ENERGY INDUSTRY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP ENVIRONMENT HOME AFFAIRS INTERNAL MARKET & SERVICES TRANSPORT HEALTH& CONSUMER POLICY TAXATION & CUSTOMS UNION AT 2 BE 1 1 2 BG 1 1 CY 2 CZ 1 1 DE 1 1 EL 3...

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Commission welcomes positive outcome of WHO conference with signature of a protocol to stop illicit trade on tobacco

16/11/2012

European Press release Brussels, 16 November 2012 Commission A Protocol on the Elimination of the Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products adopted by the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is the main achievement of a conference in Seoul, South Korea, which...

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Statement on Financial Transaction Tax and Savings at ECOFIN Council

13/11/2012

European Commission Algirdas Šemeta Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-fraud ECOFIN COUNCIL / Brussels, 13 November 2012 I would like first to thank the Presidency for addressing the FTT at today's meeting.

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Statement on Statistics

12/11/2012

European Commission Algirdas Šemeta Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-fraud Statement on Statistics ECON Committee (European Parliament) Brussels, 12 November 2012 Madam Chair, Honourable Members, It’s almost one year ago that I addressed you after taking up the responsibility for statistics within the European Commission.

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Statement on Financial Transaction Tax and Savings Directive

12/11/2012

European Commission Algirdas Šemeta Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-fraud ECON Committee (European Parliament) Brussels,12November2012 Madam Chair, Honourable Members, I am very happy to have the opportunity to continue our regular dialogue on taxation.

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Preparation of Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 13 November 2012

09/11/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 9 November 2012 The EU's Council of Economic and Finance Ministers will start on Tuesday, 13 November at 11.00. The European Commission will be represented by Olli Rehn, Vice President and Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro, Joaquín Almunia, Vice President and Commissioner...

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Statement on the Annual Report of the Court of Auditors

06/11/2012

European Commission Algirdas Šemeta Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-fraud Budgetary Control Committee (Cocobu) European Parliament/ Brussels 6 November 2012 Dear Chairman, Mr Rapporteur, President Caldeira, Honourable Members of this Committee and of the Court of Auditors, The publication of the Annual Report of the Court...

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Overall error rate for EU spending below 4% for third year in a row: Court of Auditors' annual report

06/11/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 6 November 2012 The overwhelming majority of payments made from the EU budget last year were free from quantifiable error. In its annual report, the Court of Auditors confirmed that, in 2011, the overall quantified error rate for EU spending remained stable, at below 4%.

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Annual report of the European Court of Auditors – Frequently Asked Questions

06/11/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 6 November 2012 What is the Court of Auditors' annual report? The European Court of Auditors (ECA) is the independent external auditor of the European Union. Each year, the Court publishes an Annual Report on the implementation of the EU budget.

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