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Taxation of the Digital Economy: High-level Expert Group presents final report

28/05/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 May 2014 The European Commission has today received the final report of the High-level Expert Group on Taxation of the Digital Economy. This independent group was asked to examine key issues related to taxing the digital economy in the EU, and to present their...

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Statement by Commissioner Šemeta and Vice-President Kroes on Taxation of the Digital Economy

28/05/2014

European Commission Brussels, 28 May 2014 Statement Receiving the report by the High Level Expert Group on Taxation of the Digital Economy today, EU Tax Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta stated: "This report provides very good food for thought.

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Fighting Fraud: Hercule III Work Programme adopted

26/05/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 26 May 2014 Today the European Commission adopted the first annual work programme for the new anti-fraud programme Hercule III. In 2014, € 13.7 million will be made available to support Member States in fighting fraud, corruption and other illegal activities.

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EU-China Customs Cooperation: An ambitious path forward

16/05/2014

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Algirdas Šemeta Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union, Statistics, Audit and Anti-fraud Joint Customs Cooperation Committee (JCCC) Beijing, 13 May 2014 Minister Yu, Vice-Minister Sun, Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me first express my gratitude for the hospitality we have received on the occasion of...

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Customs: EU and China sign landmark mutual recognition agreement and intensify their customs cooperation

16/05/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 16 May 2014 EU and Chinese trusted traders will enjoy lower costs, simplified procedures and greater predictability in their activities, thanks to a mutual recognition agreement signed today.

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Questions and answers: EU-China customs cooperation and combating illicit trade

16/05/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 16 May 2014 What is the volume of trade between the EU and China? China and the EU are trading more than €1 billion every day. Just two decades ago, China and the EU traded almost nothing.

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Speech: The changing landscape in global taxation

16/05/2014

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Algirdas Šemeta Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union, Statistics, Audit and Anti-fraud Speech: Macao-EU Chamber of Commerce Macao, 13 May 2014 Ladies and Gentlemen, good afternoon.

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Speaking points by Commissioner Šemeta at the ECOFIN press conference

06/05/2014

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Algirdas Šemeta Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union, Statistics, Audit and Anti-fraud Press conference following the Economic and Finance Ministers Council Brussels, 6 May 2014 Ladies and Gentlemen, The Financial Transaction Tax is back in the spotlight – and with good reason.

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Frequently Asked Questions – Protection of the euro and other currencies against counterfeiting

06/05/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 6 May 2014 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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Zero tolerance for counterfeiting the euro: European Commission proposal clears final hurdle

06/05/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 6 May 2014 The EU's Finance Ministers have today backed measures that will reinforce the protection of the euro and other currencies through criminal law measures (IP/13/88). New measures will include tougher sanctions for criminals and improved tools for cross-border investigation.

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Preparation of Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 6 May

02/05/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 2 May 2014 The EU's Council of Economic and Finance (ECOFIN) Ministers will take place in Brussels on 6 May at 11.00. The European Commission will be represented by Siim Kallas, Vice President and acting Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro, and Algirdas...

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