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Taxation and Customs Union

Fighting evasion: Commission launches consultations on EU Taxpayer's Code and EU Tax Identification Number

25/02/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 February 2013 Today the European Commission launched two public consultations on specific measures which could improve tax collection and ensure better tax compliance across the EU.

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Taxation: Commission takes the UK to Court over reduced VAT rate

21/02/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 February 2013 Today, The European Commission has decided to refer the United Kingdom to the EU Court of Justice for its reduced VAT rate on the supply and installation of energy-saving materials. This measure goes beyond what is allowed under the VAT Directive.

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February infringements package: main decisions

21/02/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 21 February 2013 February February DIGITAL AGENDA EMPLOYMENT ENERGY INDUSTRY & ENTREPRENEURSHIP ENVIRONMENT JUSTICE TRANSPORT HEALTH & CONSUMER POLICY TAXATION & CUSTOMS UNION AT 1 BE 1 1 3 CY 1 1 DE 1 DK 1 EL 1 1 ES 1 1 FI 1 FR 1...

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Taxation: Commission refers Hungary to Court over tax exemption of pálinka

21/02/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 February 2013 Today, the European Commission has decided to refer Hungary to the European Court of Justice for granting an exemption from excise duty to the production of fruit distillates (pálinka).

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Taxation: Commission refers France and Luxembourg to the Court of Justice over reduced VAT rates on ebooks

21/02/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 February 2013 The European Commission has decided to refer France and Luxembourg to the Court of Justice of the European Union for applying reduced rates of VAT to ebooks. EU law is very clear on which goods and services are eligible for a reduced...

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Taxation: Commission refers Belgium to Court over discriminatory tax reduction for Walloon tax residents

21/02/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 21 February 2013 Today, the European Commission has decided to refer Belgium to the EU Court of Justice over its discriminatory tax rules in the Walloon Region. Under the Walloon Decree of 3 April 2009 personal income tax can be reduced when buying shares or...

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SPEECH - Financial Transaction Tax through Enhanced Cooperation

14/02/2013

European Commission Algirdas Šemeta Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-fraudSPEECH - Press statement / Brussels 14 February 2013 Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great pleasure to be able to present today's proposal to you.

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Financial Transaction Tax under Enhanced Cooperation: Commission sets out the details

14/02/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 February 2013 The details of the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) to be implemented under enhanced cooperation have been set out in a proposal adopted by the Commission today.

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Financial Transaction Tax through Enhanced Cooperation: Questions and Answers

14/02/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 14 February 2013 (see also IP/13/115) Why has the Commission proposed a Financial Transaction Tax for implementation through enhanced cooperation? The Commission initially proposed a Financial Transaction Tax to be implemented by all 27 Member States, in September 2011 (IP/11/1085).

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Euro coin counterfeiting in 2012

11/02/2013

European Commission Press release Brussels, 11 February 2013 The number of counterfeit euro coins removed from circulation increased by 17% from 157 000 in 2011 to 184 000 in 2012. With 16.5 billion genuine euro coins currently in circulation, the counterfeit ratio is 1 for every 100 000 genuine coins.

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Preparation of Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 12 February 2013

07/02/2013

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 7 February 2013 The EU's Council of Economic and Finance Ministers will take place on Tuesday, 12 February at 10.30. The European Commission will be represented by Olli Rehn, Vice President and Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro, Algirdas Šemeta, Commissioner for Taxation...

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Proposal to protect the euro and other currencies against counterfeiting

05/02/2013

European Commission MEMO Strasbourg, 5 February 2013 Questions and Answers: Why do we need to protect the euro and other currencies? Counterfeiting of the euro and other currencies remains a concern throughout the European Union. The euro is particularly susceptible to counterfeiting on a transnational scale.

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European Commission strengthens the protection of the euro by means of criminal law

05/02/2013

Press release Strasbourg, 5 February 2013 European Commission The European Commission has today proposed to crack down on criminals who counterfeit euro notes and coins. Counterfeiting of the euro is estimated to have cost at least €500 million since the currency was introduced in 2002.

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