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Customs action to tackle goods infringing Intellectual Property Rights – Frequently Asked Questions

31/07/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 31 July 2014 See also IP/14/890 1. General information about Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) Why is it important to protect IPRs? As the EU’s 2020 Strategy underlines, the protection of IPRs is key to the EU economy.

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Protecting Intellectual Property Rights: Customs authorities detain nearly 36 million fake goods at EU borders in 2013

31/07/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 31 July 2014 Customs authorities in the EU detained almost 36 million items suspected of violating intellectual property rights (IPR) in 2013, according to the Commission's annual report on customs actions to enforce IPR.

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Questions and Answers: The protection of EU financial interests and the fight against fraud

17/07/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 17 July 2014 See IP/14/835 What is the purpose of the Annual Report on the Protection of the EU's Financial Interests? Member States have to adopt all necessary measures to protect the EU budget, and to counter fraud and any other illegal activities affecting the financial...

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Fighting fraud: Major progress in anti-fraud policy but Member States must do more to combat fraud

17/07/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 17 July 2014 Member States must step up their work to prevent, detect and report fraud affecting EU funds, according to the Commission's annual report on the protection of financial interests (PIF report).

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Questions and Answers: Commission investigation into statistical reporting

11/07/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 11 July 2014 See IP/14/822 What powers does the Commission have to investigate irregularities in Member States' statistics? Since 2011, the Commission (Eurostat) has new powers to look deeper into the quality of Member States' statistics for EDP purposes.

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Commission opens investigation into statistical reporting in Valencia

11/07/2014

European Press release Brussels, 11 July 2014 Commission The European Commission has decided to launch a formal investigation into the possible manipulation of statistics in the region of Valencia (Comunidad Valenciana), Spain. The Commission is not calling into the question the accuracy of statistics in Spain.

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Taxation: Commission refers UK to Court of Justice for failure to comply with EU rules on marked fuel

10/07/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 July 2014 The European Commission has decided to refer the United Kingdom to the Court of Justice of the European Union for not properly applying the rules on fiscal marking on fuel.

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Taxation: France referred to the Court regarding donations to foreign general-interest bodies

10/07/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 July 2014 The Commission has decided to refer France to the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding its tax system for donations made to bodies pursuing general-interest objectives and having their registered office in another EU or EEA Member State.

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Taxation: Commission refers Portugal to Court of Justice over excise duty rules for cigarettes

10/07/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 10 July 2014 The European Commission has decided to refer Portugal to the Court of Justice for failing to change its excise duty rules related to the marketing of cigarettes. In Portugal, a time limit for the sale of cigarettes is set down, linked to...

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July infringements package: main decisions

10/07/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 10 July 2014 July July In its monthly package of infringement decisions, the European Commission is pursuing legal action against Member States for failing to comply properly with their obligations under EU law.

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Speaking points by Commissioner Šemeta at the ECOFIN press conference

08/07/2014

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Algirdas Šemeta Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union, Statistics, Audit and Anti-fraud Economic and Finance Ministers Council Brussels, 8 July 2014 Before I comment on the Italian Presidency Work programme, I would like to first thank the Greek presidency for all it achieved in...

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Operation ERMIS: 70 000 counterfeit goods seized in EU joint customs operation

07/07/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 7 July 2014 Over 70 000 counterfeit goods were seized during a major Joint Customs Operation (JCO) code-named “ERMIS”. The Operation focussed on postal and courier mail traffic, to identify fake products shipped through small consignments.

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Preparation of Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 8 July

04/07/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 4 July 2014 The EU's Council of Economic and Finance (ECOFIN) Ministers will take place in Brussels on Tuesday 8 July at 10.00. The European Commission will be represented by Siim Kallas, Vice President in charge of Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro, Michel Barnier,...

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Facilitating tax compliance, Tackling non-compliance

03/07/2014

European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Algirdas Šemeta Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union, Statistics, Audit and Anti-fraud 18th General Assembly of the Intra- European Organisation of Tax Administrations Belgrade, 3 July 2014 Ladies and Gentlemen, In 2010, I had the honour to attend the General Assembly of IOTA in...

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Questions & Answers: VAT changes from 2015

01/07/2014

European Commission MEMO Brussels, 1 July 2014 See also IP/14/758 Why was this change in VAT rules needed? This change to the VAT rules will introduce more efficiency and fairness into taxation. By taxing at the place of consumption, there will be a level playing-field between all operators supplying telecommunication,...

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Taxation: Countdown to simpler and fairer VAT system

01/07/2014

European Commission Press release Brussels, 1 July 2014 The six month countdown has begun to a major change in the EU VAT system, which will ease life for many businesses and ensure fairer revenue distribution between Member States.

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