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Taxation and Customs Union

Customs: Boosting EU competitiveness, protecting EU citizens in the 21st century

21/12/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 December 2012 Today the European Commission adopted a Communication on the State of Customs Union. The Communication takes stock of the current state of the EU customs union, identifies the challenges that it currently faces, and sets out priority actions for ensuring its future...

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New VAT rules to make life easier for businesses from 1st January 2013

17/12/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 December 2012 From 1st January 2013, new EU VAT rules enter into effect, which will make life much simpler for businesses across Europe. First, electronic invoicing will have to be treated the same as paper invoicing, enabling companies to choose the VAT invoicing solution...

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Fighting tax evasion: stronger EU rules enter into force on 1st January

17/12/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 December 2012 New EU rules which will improve Member States’ ability to assess and collect the taxes that they are due will enter into force on 1 January 2013. The Directive on Administrative Cooperation in the field of taxation lays the basis for stronger...

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Taxation: Clarifying EU rules on car taxes

14/12/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 December 2012 Today the Commission presented a Communication clarifying EU rules on car taxation and recommending measures to strengthen the Single Market in this area. The aim is to minimize the problems encountered by citizens and businesses moving cars between Member States and to...

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Statement on European Parliament vote in favour of enhanced cooperation on the Financial Transactions Tax

13/12/2012

European Commission Algirdas Šemeta Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-fraud European Parliament / Brussels, 12 December 2012 "I warmly welcome the European Parliament's overwhelming backing today for enhanced cooperation on the Financial Transactions Tax.

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Statement on the authorisation of enhanced cooperation for the Financial Transactions Tax

11/12/2012

European Commission Algirdas Šemeta Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-fraud EP Plenary discussion / Brussels, 11 December 2012 Chair, Honourable Members, I wish first to thank the European Parliament, and in particular the rapporteur, Mrs Anni Podimata, for its excellent work and its support on this...

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Commissioner Šemeta welcomes Council adoption of Action plan on Intellectual Property Rights

10/12/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 10 December 2012 "In a knowledge-based economy, competitiveness depends on our capacity to protect innovation and creativity. To do this, an active policy against counterfeit and pirated goods is essential. Last year, Customs seized 115 million such articles, thereby protecting legitimate EU businesses.

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Competitiveness Council – 10-11 December 2012

07/12/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 7 December 2012 The last Competitiveness Council under the Cyprus Presidency of the EU's Council of Ministers will meet in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday, 10 and 11 December 2012. Mr Neoklis Sykikiotis, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, will chair the Council.

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Speech Combatting Tax Evasion: A Tougher EU approach

06/12/2012

European Commission Algirdas Šemeta Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-fraud Press conference / Brussels 6 December 2012 One Trillion Euro. That is what we are losing every year to tax evasion and avoidance in the EU.

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TAX EVASION AND AVOIDANCE: Questions and Answers

06/12/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 6 December 2012 See also IP/12/1325 Tax Evasion Why has the Commission presented an Action Plan on Tax fraud and evasion? Every year, an estimated €1 trillion1 in public money is lost in the EU due to tax evasion and avoidance.

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Clamping down on tax evasion and avoidance: Commission presents the way forward

06/12/2012

European Commission Press release Brussels, 6 December 2012 "Around one trillion euros is lost to tax evasion and avoidance every year in the EU. Not only is this is a scandalous loss of much-needed revenue, it is also a threat to fair taxation.

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Preparation of Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 4 December 2012

03/12/2012

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 3 December 2012 The EU's Council of Economic and Finance Ministers will start on Tuesday, 4 December at 11.00. The European Commission will be represented by Olli Rehn, Vice President and Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro, Michel Barnier, Commissioner for Internal Market...

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