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22/12/2006
European Commission publishes Call for applications for business members and Chairman for the new EU joint transfer pricing forum.

See our webpage.

22/12/2006
IMPORTANT NOTICE - The deadline for submissions regarding the consultation on the VAT treatment of vouchers has been put off to 3 February 2007

See the Consultations page for details.

21/12/2006
European Commission publishes Council Directive adapting certain Directives in the field of taxation, by reason of the accession of Bulgaria and Romania

See Official Journal L 363pdf, 20.12.2006, p. 129.

21/12/2006
IP/06/1879 - Direct Taxation: Commission requests Belgium to end discrimination against foreign charities Choose translations of the previous link 
21/12/2006
European Commission publishes results of Conference on Customs Co-operation at the EU's Eastern border, Muonio, Finland

See our Conference page.

21/12/2006
IP/06/1878 - VAT - Infringement proceedings against Austria, France and Italy. Choose translations of the previous link 
21/12/2006
IP/06/1877 - Car taxation: infringement procedures against Denmark and Finland Choose translations of the previous link 
20/12/2006
Taxation: European Commission publishes results of consultation on Excise duties for commercial diesel

The summary report and a short description of results are available from our Consultation page.

20/12/2006
VAT: EU Council extends directive on e-Services

See Council press releasepdf on page 47.

20/12/2006
IP/06/1852 - State aid: Commission concludes that the French tax scheme for "fiscal economic interest groupings" (EIGs) constitutes state aid Choose translations of the previous link 
20/12/2006
IP/06/1848 - State aid: Commission endorses specific economic and fiscal regimes in Canary Islands worth € 7,135 million for period 2007-2013 Choose translations of the previous link 
19/12/2006
IP/06/1827 - Direct Taxation: The European Commission proposes an EU co-ordinated approach of national direct tax systems Choose translations of the previous link 

See also MEMO/06/499 Choose translations of the previous link  and the Commission Communication (COM/2006/823pdf(55 Kb) Choose translations of the previous link )

19/12/2006
IP/06/1828 - Direct Taxation: The European Commission proposes an EU co-ordinated approach on relief for losses incurred in other Member States (cross-border loss relief) Choose translations of the previous link 

See also MEMO/06/499 Choose translations of the previous link , the Commission Communication (COM/2006/824pdf(165 Kb) Choose translations of the previous link ) and Staff Working Document (SEC/2006/1690pdf(165 Kb) Choose translations of the previous link )

19/12/2006
IP/06/1829 - Direct Taxation: The European Commission proposes an EU-coordinated approach on exit taxation Choose translations of the previous link 

See also MEMO/06/499 Choose translations of the previous link  and the Commission Communication (COM/2006/825pdf(59 Kb) Choose translations of the previous link )

18/12/2006
IP/06/1820 - Excise duties/ Minimum retail prices of cigarettes: Infringement proceedings against Ireland Choose translations of the previous link 
18/12/2006
IP/06/1821 - Customs: Commission reinforces the security of the EU supply chain while facilitating international trade Choose translations of the previous link 

See also MEMO/06/495 Choose translations of the previous link . The full text of the regulation will be published on our Customs and security page tomorrow.

15/12/2006
IP/06/1815 - VAT and public bodies: Infringement proceedings against Ireland, Spain and Finland Choose translations of the previous link 
14/12/2006
14-15 December 2006 - Conference on Customs Co-operation at the EU's Eastern border, Muonio, Finland

See our Conference page.

12/12/2006
Taxation - An EU Member State must treat the payment of dividends at national and cross-border level in the same way if the situations are comparable, says ECJ

See the Court's press releasepdf (Test Claimants v UK Commissioners of Inland Revenue).

12/12/2006
VAT: Recast of the Sixth Directive published in the EU Official Journal

See Council Directive 2006/112/EC .

11/12/2006
European Commission publishes study on the economic effects of the VAT exemption for financial and insurance services

The executive summary, main report and annexes are available from our Studies page.

06/12/2006
Conference on the reform of the GSP rules of origin, Brussels, 23 November 2006

See our Conference page.

05/12/2006
Customs: EU Council holds policy debate on a proposal for modernizing the Community customs code

For more information see the Council press releasepdf.

04/12/2006
IP/06/1673 - Indirect taxation: the European Commission proposes to abolish capital duty on the raising of capital. Choose translations of the previous link 

For further information see the draft proposal (COM(2006)760).

01/12/2006
MEMO/06/458 - Preparation of the Competitiveness Council of Ministers, Brussels, 4/5 December 2006 Choose translations of the previous link 

The Modernised Community Customs Code is on the agenda.

30/11/2006
VAT: The list of gold coins whose supply will be exempt from VAT in 2007 has been published in the EU Official Journal

See EU Official Journal C 291 of 30 November 2006, p.21 .

30/11/2006
VAT: Commission has proposed to authorise Romania to apply a reduced rate of VAT to certain labour-intensive services

For further information see the proposal (COM(2006) 736pdf(134 Kb) Choose translations of the previous link ).

29/11/2006
EU Council adopts recast of the Sixth VAT Directive and conclusions on harmful tax competition

For more information see the Council press release pdf (on pages 34 and 28 respectively) .

29/11/2006
Taxation - EU Council adopts conclusions on the VAT package and combating tax fraud

See Council press releasepdf, on pages 24 and 26 respectively.

29/11/2006
IP/06/1651 - EU challenges Canadian discriminatory tax rules on wine and beer in the WTO Choose translations of the previous link 
27/11/2006
MEMO/06/447 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 27 and 28 November 2006 Choose translations of the previous link 

Excise duties, the VAT package, Tax fraud and the Recast of the Sixth VAT Directive are on the agenda.

24/11/2006
VAT: European Commission proposes to extend Directive on electronically delivered services

For further information see notice in the Midday Express Choose translations of the previous link  and the proposalpdf(133 Kb) Choose translations of the previous link .

23/11/2006
Excise duties - Only products acquired and transported personally by private individuals are exempt from excise duty in the Member State of import, says ECJ

See the Court's press release pdf for details.

22/11/2006
IP/06/1602 - State aid: Commission opens investigation into a French tax credit scheme for video game creation Choose translations of the previous link 
22/11/2006
IP/06/1611 - State aid: Commission approves revised UK film tax incentive scheme Choose translations of the previous link 
22/11/2006
IP/06/1598 - Tax incentives: Commission promotes an effective use of tax incentives for R&D Choose translations of the previous link 

See the versions of the Communication (COM(2006)728) and Staff Working Document (SEC(2006)1515pdf(214 Kb) Choose translations of the previous link ) as well as MEMO/06/440 Choose translations of the previous link  and the studypdf(1.04 Mb) of 2004.

21/11/2006
Company Taxation: Commission publishes 'Taxation Paper' on the delineation and apportionment of an EU consolidated tax base

See Taxation papers page.

21/11/2006
IP/06/1592 - ENP at work: Ukraine and Moldova to strengthen border cooperation Choose translations of the previous link 
...including the exchange of information among customs services
16/11/2006
16-17 November 2006 - Conference on Customs Co-operation in South East Europe, Naples, Italy

More information on our web page

15/11/2006
Proposal for a Council Directive adapting certain directives in the field of taxation, by reason of the accession of Bulgaria and Romaniapdf(109 Kb)

See also the Annexpdf(141 Kb) Choose translations of the previous link 

14/11/2006
IP/06/1557 - Customs: WTO rejects US claims and confirms the regime for EU customs administrations meets high standards Choose translations of the previous link 
14/11/2006
European Court of Justice judgment on the taxation of dividends in Kerckhaert case

See the Court's press releasepdf

13/11/2006
VAT: Call for views on the possible review of Community Legislation on the VAT treatment of vouchers

For further information see the consultation page.

10/11/2006
IP/06/1541 - Customs: Commission publishes 2005 Customs seizures of counterfeit goods Choose translations of the previous link 
For further information see MEMO/06/421 Choose translations of the previous link .
08/11/2006
EU Council discussed alcohol taxation and travellers' allowances. Ministers took note of French remarks on on-line media services

See Council press releasepdf, pages 13-14.

08/11/2006
IP/06/1525 - State aid: Commission investigates proposed new Swedish CO2 tax reductions Choose translations of the previous link 
07/11/2006
EU Council authorises Member States to apply reduced VAT rates to certain labour-intensive services

See Council press releasepdf.

06/11/2006
MEMO/06/407 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 6 and 7 November 2006 Choose translations of the previous link 

Alcohol taxation and travellers' allowances on the agenda.

31/10/2006
Customs: European Commission publishes the 2007 version of the Combined Nomenclature

See EU Official Journal pdf.

25/10/2006
EU Council adopts regulation on the consequences of the introduction of pan-Euro-Med cumulation of origin

See Council press releasepdf, p.24.

25/10/2006
IP/06/1471 - State aid: Commission refers France to Court of Justice for failure to recover illegal aid Choose translations of the previous link 

The aid was awarded in the form of exemption from tax for takeovers of ailing companies.

20/10/2006
Good news for those who need to check customs duties

New data added to Online customs tariff data base (TARIC), See also help filepdf.

19/10/2006
New European Commission Action Plan on Energy Efficiency includes tax measures

See MEMO/06/387 Choose translations of the previous link , page 5 for more details and IP/06/1434 Choose translations of the previous link for background .

17/10/2006
IP/06/1410 - Direct taxation: Commission requests Greece to end discriminatory taxation of dividends from foreign companies Choose translations of the previous link 
17/10/2006
The EU Directive that codifies provisions on the exemption from taxes of imports of small consignments of goods of a non-commercial character has been published

See EU Official Journal pdf.

17/10/2006
IP/06/1408 - Commission requests Ireland and Poland to end discrimination of foreign charities Choose translations of the previous link 
17/10/2006
IP/06/1407 - Capital gains tax: Commission opens a second infringement procedure against Spain Choose translations of the previous link 
16/10/2006
IP/06/1400 - Excise duties: Commission provides free on-line access to excise registration numbers (SEED-on-Europa) Choose translations of the previous link 
12/10/2006
IP/06/1360 - Direct taxation: European Commission requests Poland to end discriminatory taxation of foreign lotteries Choose translations of the previous link 
10/10/2006
EU Council Conclusions on fiscal rules and institutions

See Council press releasepdf.

09/10/2006
MEMO/06/367 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Luxembourg, 9 and 10 October 2006 Choose translations of the previous link 
06/10/2006
IP/06/1321 - EU business survey identifies target countries in fight against counterfeiting Choose translations of the previous link 
06/10/2006
EU Council codifies directive on the exemption from taxes of imports of small consignments of goods of a non-commercial character.

See Council press releasepdf - page 33.

06/10/2006
EU Council imposes definitive anti-dumping duties on imports of leather footwear from China and Vietnam.

See Council press releasepdf - page 32.

05/10/2006
IP/06/1314 - Payments by Philip Morris under the Anti-Contraband and Anti-Counterfeit Agreement - The EU and 10 Member States agree the distribution of approximately $ 1 billion. Choose translations of the previous link 
05/10/2006
Hungarian registration duty on cars is contrary to EU law, says European Court of Justice.

See European Court of Justice press releasepdf in joined cases Nadasdi and Nemeth.

05/10/2006
Advocate-General's proposal in Meilicke case regarding the compatibility of German provisions on the taxation of dividends.

See European Court of Justice press releasepdf .

05/10/2006
Austrian legislation limiting an exemption for cigarettes from Slovenia is compatible with EU law.

See European Court of Justice press releasepdf in the Valesko case.

03/10/2006
Italy's IRAP regional tax is compatible with EU law, says European Court of Justice

See ECJ press releasepdf in Banca Popolare di Cremona case.

03/10/2006
Calls for Tenders: change of address for the Commission central sorting office, from 2 October 2006.

See our webpage.

28/09/2006
IP/06/1274 - State aid: Commission investigates proposed new Danish CO2 tax reductions Choose translations of the previous link 
28/09/2006
European Commission proposes to authorise UK to introduce 'reverse charge' mechanism in some cases in order to combat carousel fraud.

For more information see Commission proposal COM/2006/555pdf(144 Kb) Choose translations of the previous link 

26/09/2006
EU Council allows UK to apply special measures concerning VAT on fuel used in business cars.

See Council press releasepdf, page 17.

25/09/2006
UK legislation on controlled foreign companies can apply only to wholly artificial tax arrangements

see ECJ press releasepdf in Cadbury Schweppes case.

19/09/2006
IP/06/1206 - Customs cooperation: Commission and China strengthen cooperation on supply chain security Choose translations of the previous link 
18/09/2006
CJE/06/74 - The environmental levy on aggregates in the United kingdom does not constitute State Aid Choose translations of the previous link 
07/09/2006
IP/06/1165 - Alcohol taxation: Commission proposes increases of minimum rates Choose translations of the previous link 

See also the Commission proposal COM(2006) 486pdf(57 Kb) Choose translations of the previous link 

06/09/2006
CJE/06/66 - European Court of Justice dismisses action brought by Portugal against Commission decision on the tax scheme in the Azores Choose translations of the previous link 
05/09/2006
MEMO/06/317 - Green Paper on detection technologies in the work of law enforcement, customs and other security authorities Choose translations of the previous link 

See also link to the Green Paper (IP/06/1145 Choose translations of the previous link )

01/09/2006
Public procurement: Commission has launched calls for tender relating to scientific and technical customs assistance and IT service management.

For details visit our webpage.

25/07/2006
IP/06/1057 - VAT: Commission proposes to allow 17 Member States to apply reduced rates on labour-intensive services until the end of 2010 Choose translations of the previous link 
25/07/2006
IP/06/1060 - Direct Taxation: Commission requests Belgium, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Portugal to end discriminatory taxation of outbound dividends Choose translations of the previous link 
25/07/2006
IP/06/1058 - VAT- The Commission launches infringement proceedings against Germany, Greece, Ireland and Italy. Choose translations of the previous link 
20/07/2006
Drug precursors: the Commission has published a contract notice for a study on customs controls of drug precursors in the EU

The deadline for submitting a tender is 5 September 2006 - See webpage

20/07/2006
Excise: European Commission launches consultation on reforming excise duties for commercial diesel

Closing date is 30 September 2006 - See webpage

20/07/2006
IP/06/1048 - Direct tax: Commission requests Belgium to end discrimination on personal tax deductions for residents with foreign source income Choose translations of the previous link 
20/07/2006
IP/06/1045 - Direct taxation: Commission requests Belgium to end discriminatory taxation of inbound dividends Choose translations of the previous link 
20/07/2006
IP/06/1044 - Commission requests Belgium to end discrimination in Flemish registration tax Choose translations of the previous link 
19/07/2006
IP/06/1021 - State aid: Commission demands repeal of Luxembourg's preferential tax regime for financial holdings Choose translations of the previous link 
19/07/2006
IP/06/1031 - VAT - Commission asks the Czech Republic, Hungary, Malta, Poland and Portugal for information on the application of reduced VAT rates to children's diapers Choose translations of the previous link 
19/07/2006
IP/06/1023 - Value Added Tax: Commission believes that German and Austrian requests to apply a generalised reverse charge mechanism cannot be allowed as special derogations Choose translations of the previous link 

See also Commission Communication COM/2006/404pdf(38 Kb) Choose translations of the previous link 

11/07/2006
IP/06/971 - Direct taxation: Commission decides to take Portugal to Court over discriminatory taxation of foreign banks Choose translations of the previous link 
11/07/2006
IP/06/972 - Taxation: Italy - refund of unduly paid taxes Choose translations of the previous link 
10/07/2006
IP/06/962 - Capital duty: Commission requests Spain to amend its legislation on the fees for the registration of capital increases in the Commercial Register Choose translations of the previous link 
10/07/2006
MEMO/06/275 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels 10 and 11 July 2006 Choose translations of the previous link 

Finnish EU Presidency's Programme (notably VAT package) on the agenda

10/07/2006
IP/06/963 - Capital duty: Commission decides to refer Spain to the Court of Justice for infringements of the Capital Duty Directive Choose translations of the previous link 
10/07/2006
IP/06/964 - Commission requests the United Kingdom to end discrimination of foreign charities Choose translations of the previous link 
06/07/2006
IP/06/939 - State aid: Commission requests Portugal to repeal fiscal exemption on capital gains from privatisation and restructuring Choose translations of the previous link 
06/07/2006
Savings taxation: The lists of the national contact points for taxpayers have been published

More information

06/07/2006
New internet address !

The URL for this website has changed on 9 May to: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/index_en.htm

Please update your bookmarks.

05/07/2006
OLAF/06/11 - Co-operation with Dubai authorities to counter fraud affecting the EU Choose translations of the previous link 
05/07/2006
IP/06/934 - Direct taxation - Commission refers Italy and Luxembourg to Court for failure to adopt measures related to the Parent Subsidiary Directive Choose translations of the previous link 
05/07/2006
IP/06/933 - Direct taxation: Commission requests Spain to end infringement to the Parent-Subsidiary Directive Choose translations of the previous link 
04/07/2006
IP/06/919 - Direct tax: Commission decides to refer Germany to the Court over legislation concerning the pension-savings grant (so called 'Riester-Rente') Choose translations of the previous link 
04/07/2006
IP/06/918 - Car taxation: infringement procedures against Poland and Finland Choose translations of the previous link 
04/07/2006
IP/06/917 - Taxation of energy products and electricity - Infringement proceedings against France Choose translations of the previous link 
04/07/2006
IP/06/916 - Energy Taxation: The European Commission reviews derogations expiring by the end of 2006 Choose translations of the previous link 

For more information

29/06/2006
IP/06/890 - Sweden - law on tax returns and tax information Choose translations of the previous link 
28/06/2006
IP/06/860 - Cross-border shopping: Commission decides to close the case against the UK over seizures of tobacco and cars Choose translations of the previous link 
28/06/2006
IP/06/866 - Excise duty/cigarettes: Minimum retail prices of cigarettes Infringement proceedings against France and Belgium Choose translations of the previous link 
27/06/2006
IP/06/850 - Company taxation: The European Commission welcomes the adoption by the Council of a Code of Conduct on transfer pricing documentation Choose translations of the previous link 
22/06/2006
IP/06/821 - State aid: Commission authorises extension of urban tax-free zones scheme in France Choose translations of the previous link 
20/06/2006
IP/06/805 - EU-US Summit: EU and US step up joint fight against counterfeiting Choose translations of the previous link 
06/06/2006
Taxation - Interest and Royalties Directive timely implemented, but diversely interpreted by EU Member States
See study and annexes.
Background information here.
06/06/2006
MEMO/06/229 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Luxembourg 6 and 7 June 2006 Choose translations of the previous link 

VAT package and CCCTB on the agenda

06/06/2006
IP/06/735 - Anti-Contraband and Anti-Counterfeit Agreement between PMI and the European Community and Member States: twenty-four Member States are now Parties Choose translations of the previous link 
06/06/2006
Customs - ECJ judjment reinforces Administrative arrangement on Processing under customs control
More information.
See also ECJ judjment.
01/06/2006
Taxation: The European Commission welcomes the OECD survey on tax transparency
See OECD Survey
01/06/2006
New internet address !

The URL for this website has changed on 9 May to: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/index_en.htm

Please update your bookmarks.

01/06/2006
IP/06/708 - State aid: Commission welcomes phasing out of Spain's tax incentives for investment abroad Choose translations of the previous link 
01/06/2006
OLAF/06/08 - Operational anti-fraud coordination underway for EU-accession Choose translations of the previous link 
31/05/2006
IP/06/697 - Taxation: European Commission suggests the need for a coherent European strategy to combat tax fraud Choose translations of the previous link 

For more information

23/05/2006
11 May 2006 - Conference on 'Modernising the VAT rules for financial services and insurances' - Brussels
The speeches and presentations given at the conference are now available online.
22/05/2006
OLAF/06/7 - Evasion of anti-dumping duties under scrutiny Choose translations of the previous link 
18/05/2006
IP/06/629 - Commission accepts changes to two State aid schemes for maritime transport in Finland Choose translations of the previous link 
18/05/2006
IP/06/641 - State aid: Commission endorses media support schemes in Poland, Ireland, France and Denmark Choose translations of the previous link 
18/05/2006
IP/06/640 - State aid: Commission opens investigation into Italian merger incentives for small and micro enterprises Choose translations of the previous link 
17/05/2006
IP/06/639 - Modernising customs and fiscal procedures: The European Commission proposes to renew EU programmes to finance the customs reform and stimulate the smooth management of IT tax systems Choose translations of the previous link 

See provisional texts:

Proposalpdf(146 Kb) Choose translations of the previous link  for a decision establishing an action programme for customs in the Community (Customs 2013)

Impact assessmentpdf(241 Kb)

Proposalpdf(129 Kb) Choose translations of the previous link  for a decision establishing a Community programme to improve the operation of taxation systems in the internal market (Fiscalis 2013)

Impact assessmentpdf(194 Kb)

17/05/2006
New report on taxation in EU (1995-2004)

Small decline in overall taxation to 39.3% of GDP in 2004 - For more information

16/05/2006
Important message: broken links on website

The migration of EU institutions' internet sites on 9 May to the new top level domain .eu resulted in many links temporarily being unavailable. We apologise for the inconvenience.

16/05/2006
IP/06/621 - VAT: The European Commission proposes to extend the Directive on electronically delivered services Choose translations of the previous link 

For further information see Commission Proposal COM/2006/210pdf(201 Kb) Choose translations of the previous link 

12/05/2006
IP/06/606 - EU welcomes repeal of US tax breaks to US exporters, will withdraw reintroduction of sanctions Choose translations of the previous link 
12/05/2006
IP/06/608 - State aid: Commission welcomes phasing out of preferential tax regimes for offshore trading companies in Malta Choose translations of the previous link 
11/05/2006
IP/06/602 - VAT: The European Commission intends to modernise the current legislation on financial services and insurances Choose translations of the previous link 

See also the speechpdf by Commissioner László Kovács

10/05/2006
New internet address !

The URL for this website has changed on 9 May to: http://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/index_en.htm

Please update your bookmarks.

04/05/2006
MEMO/06/187 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels 4 and 5 May 2006 Choose translations of the previous link 

VAT package on the agenda

26/04/2006
IP/06/534 - State aid: Belgian tax on collective investment undertakings: Commission decides no state aid involved Choose translations of the previous link 
26/04/2006
IP/06/532 - Counterfeiting and piracy: Commission proposes criminal law provisions to combat intellectual property offences Choose translations of the previous link 
19/04/2006
IP/06/507 - Clearing and settlement: Commission expert group examines EU fiscal compliance barriers to cross border securities trading Choose translations of the previous link 
18/04/2006
11 May 2006 - Conference on 'Modernising the VAT rules for financial services and insurances' - Brussels

Joint Conference of the European Commission and the European Banking Federation - See programmepdf(75 Kb) Choose translations of the previous link 

This event is now full and registration has closed.

10/04/2006
IP/06/485 - Car taxation: infringement procedure against Cyprus Choose translations of the previous link 
10/04/2006
IP/06/484 - VAT/ Postal services - Commission launches infringement proceedings against Germany, the United Kingdom and Sweden Choose translations of the previous link 
10/04/2006
IP/06/483 - Excise duties/cigarettes: The European Commission alerts Member States on minimum retail selling prices Choose translations of the previous link 
07/04/2006
VAT study: the Commission has published a contract notice for a study on reduced rates of VAT applied to goods and services in the EU Member States

The deadline for submitting an application for inclusion in a selected list of tenderers is 11 April 2006.

06/04/2006
MEMO/06/157 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Informal Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Vienna 7 and 8 April 2006 Choose translations of the previous link 

Exchange of views expected on Common Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB)

05/04/2006
IP/06/448 - Company Taxation: Towards a common consolidated corporate tax base, the European Commission presents a progress report and outlines the next steps. Choose translations of the previous link 

For further information see the Commission Communication COM/2006/157pdf(160 Kb) Choose translations of the previous link  and the speechpdf(23 Kb) by Commissioner László Kovács.

31/03/2006
3-4 April 2006 - Customs 2007 Seminar on the Automated Import System (AIS) in Lulea, Sweden
AIS is part of the Electronic Customs initiative. More on the Customs 2007 Programme here
27/03/2006
IP/06/375 - Commission warns about fake drugs on the internet Choose translations of the previous link 
23/03/2006
IP/06/364 - Commission adopts provisional anti-dumping measures on Chinese and Vietnamese leather shoes Choose translations of the previous link 
23/03/2006
IP/06/363 - State aid: Commission requests phasing out of distortive tax regimes in Malta Choose translations of the previous link 
22/03/2006
IP/06/355 - State aid: Commission requests phasing out of Spain's tax incentives for investment abroad Choose translations of the previous link 
21/03/2006
CFE Tax Forum 2006: the annual forum of the Confédération Fiscale Européenne will take place on 27 April

The core themes of this year's event are "VAT for Public Entities and Charities" as well as the role of the ECJ. The programme, registration form and other details are available from the CFE's website.

14/03/2006
Rules of origin: A table of Pan-Euro-Med origin protocols and Explanatory Notes to the Pan-European system of cumulation published.

See EU Official Journal C18 of 25 January 2006, EU Official Journal C16 of 21 January 2006 and the thematic web page.

14/03/2006
VAT/ Financial services & Insurance - European Commission launches online consultation on reforming EU legislation

Closing date is 9 June 2006 - Conference scheduled for 11 May.

See webpage.

07/03/2006
Council Decision of 27 February 2006 authorising the Netherlands to apply a derogation from Sixth VAT Directive to prevent VAT avoidance published

See EU Official Journalpdf.

02/03/2006
Customs - European Commission publishes new consolidated version of Explanatory Notes to Combined Nomenclature.

See EU Official Journal.

28/02/2006
1-3 March - European Commission and Austrian EU Presidency hold Seminar on Customs 'Single Window' in Innsbruck.

The 'Single Window' is part of the Electronic Customs initiative.

27/02/2006
IP/06/238 - Travellers' allowances: Commission proposes changes to the benefit of citizens Choose translations of the previous link 
22/02/2006
Council Decision of 14 February 2006 extending measures to prevent evasion of VAT in the waste sector in Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands published
See EU Official Journalpdf.
22/02/2006
Council Directive of 14 February 2006 on reduced VAT rates for labour-intensive services published
See EU Official Journalpdf.
14/02/2006
IP/06/158 - WTO condemns US tax subsidies; EU calls on US to end illegal tax breaks for Boeing, others Choose translations of the previous link 
14/02/2006
EU Council of Ministers extends the validity of reduced VAT rates for labour-intensive services until 31 December 2010
See Council press releasepdf.
13/02/2006
MEMO/06/70 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels 13 and 14 February 2006. Choose translations of the previous link 
Revised Lisbon Strategy on the agenda.
08/02/2006
IP/06/132 - State aid: Commission opens formal investigation into Luxembourg's 1929 tax-exempt holdings Choose translations of the previous link 
01/02/2006
European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union László Kovács welcomed the fact that there is now unanimous agreement among EU Member States on reduced VAT rates
See Commissioner's statement Choose translations of the previous link and Council press releasepdf.
30/01/2006
European Commission launches online consultation on reforming EU excise legislation. Closing date is 30 April 2006.
See web page.
28/01/2006
Council Decision of 24 January 2006 authorising Latvia to extend the application of a derogation from Sixth VAT Directive published
See EU Official Journalpdf.
25/01/2006
International Customs Day 2006: Commissioner Kovács highlights contribution of customs to security and trade facilitation
See web page.
23/01/2006
MEMO/06/20 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels 23 and 24 January 2006 Choose translations of the previous link 
VAT reduced rates on the agenda
16/01/2006
IP/06/43 - Direct taxation: Commission decides to refer Spain to the Court of Justice over two tax provisions Choose translations of the previous link 
16/01/2006
IP/06/42 - Commission requests Portugal to end discriminatory taxation of foreign banks Choose translations of the previous link 
16/01/2006
IP/06/41 - Indirect taxation: Commission refers Greece to Court over VAT on roadside assistance contracts and over car registration taxation Choose translations of the previous link 
16/01/2006
IP/06/39 - VAT - Commission tackles Germany over taxation of supplies of services by executors of wills Choose translations of the previous link 
13/01/2006
IP/06/30 - Taxation of energy products and electricity - Infringement proceedings against France and Germany Choose translations of the previous link 
13/01/2006
IP/06/33 - Energy taxes - infringement procedures against Germany for not implementing two Court judgments Choose translations of the previous link 
13/01/2006
IP/06/32 - Direct tax: Commission acts against Germany over legislation concerning the pension-savings grant Choose translations of the previous link 
12/01/2006
CJE/06/03 - Companies unwittingly party to carousel fraud are entitled to reimbursement of input VAT paid Choose translations of the previous link 
10/01/2006
IP/06/11 - Company taxation: Commission proposes 'Home State Taxation' for SMEs Choose translations of the previous link 
For further information see Commission Communication COM/2005/702, frequently asked questions (MEMO/06/4 Choose translations of the previous link ), and impact assessment SEC/2005/1785pdf(509 Kb) Choose translations of the previous link .
03/01/2006
VAT: Directive extending 15% minimum standard rate until late 2010 has entered into force.

See EU Directive pdf of 28/12/2005 and press release pdfof the EU Council decision of 12/12/2005.