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The most important speeches given in the taxation and customs fields by the Commissioner and Officials are listed below with links to the texts.

By Algirdas Šemeta, European Commissioner in charge of Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud

2014

Speaking points at the 'ECOFIN' press conference Economic and Finance Ministers Council
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 14/10/2014

Speaking points at the 'ECOFIN' press conference (Italian Presidency; Savings tax negotiations) Economic and Finance Ministers Council
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 08/07/2014

Facilitating tax compliance, Tackling non-compliance18th General Assembly of the Intra- European Organisation of Tax Administrations
Algirdas Šemeta

Belgrade - 03/07/2014

Statement on Council agreement on measures to fight tax avoidanceEU Council press conference
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 20/06/2014

Statement on Taxation Trends in EuropePresentation of Taxation Trends 2014
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 16/06/2014

EU-China Customs Cooperation: An ambitious path forwardJoint Customs Cooperation Committee
Algirdas Šemeta

Beijing - 13/05/2014

The changing landscape in global taxationMacau-EU Chamber of Commerce
Algirdas Šemeta

Macau - 13/05/2014

Speaking points at the ECOFIN press conference (FTT and Parent-Subsidiary Directive)Press conference following the Economic and Finance Ministers Council
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 6/05/2014

EU tax policy: achievements and way forwardCommittee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) - European Parliament
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 7/04/2014

EU customs policy: achievements and way forwardCommittee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) - European Parliament
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 7/04/2014

Cementing Tax Transparency: Breakthrough Agreement on EU Savings DirectiveStatement - European Commission Press room
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 24/03/2014

EU Tax policy and Competition policy – A complementary approach to fair taxationSpeech delivered at the Competition Forum
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 11/02/2014

Financial Transaction Tax: Time to engage, compromise and deliverSpeech delivered during the plenary session of the European Parliament
Algirdas Šemeta

Strasbourg - 04/02/2014

2013

EU Taxation: Taking stock and looking aheadSpeech delivered before the European Parliament's Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 26/11/2013

Statement on Parent-Subsidiary DirectiveCommission press room
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 25/11/2013

Standard VAT Return Speaking Points for the press conference
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 23/10/2013

Digital Taxation: An EU reflection in a global contextSpeech delivered at the Seminar on Digital Economy
Algirdas Šemeta

Paris - 09/10/2013

Europe at a crossroadSpeech delivered at the College of Europe
Algirdas Šemeta

Bruges - 03/10/2013

Presentation of the Blue Belt PackageSpeech delivered at the Commission press conference
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 08/07/2013

Fighting tax evasion: proposal to widen scope of automatic exchange of information within the EUSpeech delivered at the Commission press conference
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 12/06/2013

Strengthening tools for decision making to support recoverySpeech delivered before the Greek Parliament
Algirdas Šemeta

Athens- 04/06/2013

Fight against tax evasionPress conference remarks at Council of Finance Ministers
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 14/05/2013

Tax good governance platformStatement at the Midday Press Briefing
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 23/04/2013

Tax evasionEcofin speaking points
Algirdas Šemeta

Dublin - 13/04/2013

Financial Transaction TaxpdfCenter for American Progress
Algirdas Šemeta

Washington- 25/02/2013

Financial Transaction Tax through Enhanced CooperationPress statement
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 14/02/2013

Speaking points on Financial Transaction taxEconomic and Finance Ministers Council Press Conference
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 22/01/2013

Developing a Tax Environment for Growth and CompetitivenessConference "Developing a Tax Environment for Growth and Competitiveness
Algirdas Šemeta

Vienna - 18/01/2013

Making progress on European tax policy: Towards more fairness and greater competitiveness Institute of International and European Affairs
Algirdas Šemeta

Dublin - 11/01/2013

 

2012

Statement on the authorisation of enhanced cooperation for the Financial Transactions TaxEuropean Parliament Plenary discussion
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 11/12/2012

Statement on the 2013 Annual Growth Survey: Towards fair and competitive tax systemsPress Conference, European Commission
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 28/11/2012

Statement on Financial Transaction Tax Fraud and Savings DirectiveEconomic and Monetary Affairs Committee, European Parliament
Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 12/11/2012

Tackling Tax Fraud and Evasion in Europe Choose translations of the previous link 

Press conference

Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 27/06/2012

Country specific recommendations Choose translations of the previous link 

Press conference on European Semester

Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 30/05/2012

Statement on Savings Tax Agreements and VAT strategy Choose translations of the previous link 

Press conference Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 15/05/2012

Boosting security in the global supply chain Choose translations of the previous link 

Statement on EU-US agreement to secure the global supply chain

Algirdas Šemeta

Washington - 04/05/2012

Tax challenges and opportunities in an ever-closer Union Choose translations of the previous link 

CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies) Conference on taxation 2012

Algirdas Šemeta

Brussels - 27/04/2012

European Parliament report on CCCTBpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

European Parliament Plenary session

Algirdas Šemeta

Strasbourg - 18/04/2012

European Parliament report on Energy Taxation Proposalpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

European Parliament Plenary session

See also the video.

Algirdas Šemeta

Strasbourg - 18/04/2012

Call for concrete ways to combat tax fraud and tax evasion Choose translations of the previous link 

European Parliament Plenary session

Algirdas Šemeta

Strasbourg - 18/04/2012

Financial Transactions Tax: The Way Ahead Choose translations of the previous link 

Meeting of Members of the Finance and Fiscal Committees in the Danish Parliament

Algirdas Šemeta
Copenhagen - 19/03/2012
Tax policy under a Common Currency Choose translations of the previous link 

Brussels Tax Forum 2012

Algirdas Šemeta
Brussels - 05/03/2012
EU tax policy and the financial sector Choose translations of the previous link 

Press Conference

Algirdas Šemeta
London - 17/02/2012
 

2011

Speaking Points on the Strategy for the future of VAT Choose translations of the previous link 

Press Conference

Algirdas Šemeta
Brussels - 6/12/2011
Statement welcoming EU-US mutual recognition of safe traders Choose translations of the previous link 

Post Transatlantic Economic Council Press Conference

Algirdas Šemeta
Washington - 29/11/2011
"Tax reforms needed for consolidation and growth" Choose translations of the previous link 

Annual Growth Survey - Press Conference

Algirdas Šemeta
Brussels - 23/11/2011
"Competitive Tax Policy and Tax Competition in the EU" Choose translations of the previous link 

2nd Taxation Forum of Diario Economico/OTOC

Algirdas Šemeta
Oporto, Portugal - 27/10/2011
"Reaching a level playing field for taxation across Europe " Choose translations of the previous link 

Debate on Taxation in European Parliament Plenary

Algirdas Šemeta
Strasbourg - 25/10/2011
"EU tax policy in support of the EU 2020 Growth Strategy" Choose translations of the previous link 

The FEE (Federation of European Accountants) Tax Day 2011

Algirdas Šemeta
Brussels - 11/10/2011
"Customs enforces Intellectual Property Rights to protect consumers and businesses in Europe " Choose translations of the previous link 

Press conference on the Annual Report on EU customs enforcement of intellectual property rights

Algirdas Šemeta
Brussels - 14/07/2011
"Shared transatlantic customs and tax ambitions" Choose translations of the previous link 

American Chamber of Commerce Plenary Luncheon

Algirdas Šemeta
Brussels - 21/06/2011
"Enforcement of IPR by Customs: Stronger, clearer and updated rules" Choose translations of the previous link 

Press Conference on Enforcement of IPR by Customs

Algirdas Šemeta
Brussels - 24/05/2011
"Pooling our efforts to build a modern Customs Union" Choose translations of the previous link 

78th meeting of the Directors General for Customs of the EU Member States and Turkey

Algirdas Šemeta
Vilnius - 19/05/2011
"Our ambitions for the VAT system of the next 10 years" Choose translations of the previous link 

Conference on the Green Paper on the future of VAT

Algirdas Šemeta
Milan - 6/05/2011
"Customs cooperation - The path towards an ambitious strategy in Europe" Choose translations of the previous link 

The High Level Seminar on Customs Co-operation and Controls at the External Borders of the EU

Algirdas Šemeta
Budapest - 14/04/2011
"Revising the Energy Taxation Directive for a more efficient, greener and competitive EU economy" Choose translations of the previous link 

Press Conference

Algirdas Šemeta
Brussels - 13/04/2011
"Europe's tax agenda for the future" Choose translations of the previous link 

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) Conference

Algirdas Šemeta
Brussels - 11/04/2011
"Tax coordination in Europe: the way forward after the Euro plus pact " Choose translations of the previous link 

Workshop on the Outlook for Financial markets, for their Governance and for Finance

Algirdas Šemeta
Cernobbio, Italy - 02/04/2011
"Taxation of the financial sector"pdf(28 kB)

Closing speech at the Brussels Tax Forum

Algirdas Šemeta
Brussels - 29/03/2011
"Setting out the tax agenda for a fairer contribution of the financial sector" Choose translations of the previous link 

Opening speech at the Brussels Tax Forum

Algirdas Šemeta
Brussels - 28/03/2011
"The Role of taxation in the economic re-growth" Choose translations of the previous link 

German-Austrian-Swiss Tax Congress

Algirdas Šemeta
Vienna - 18/03/2011
"European Corporate tax base: making it easier and cheaper to do business in the EU" Choose translations of the previous link 

EU Press Conference

Algirdas Šemeta
Brussels - 16/03/2011
"The role of tax and customs in the re-launch of the Single Market" Choose translations of the previous link 

"Single Market: Time to Act" Conference

Algirdas Šemeta
Brussels - 08/02/2011
"Key options for innovative financing in the EU" Choose translations of the previous link 

Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in the European Parliament

Algirdas Šemeta
Brussels - 10/01/2011

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