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Tackling VAT Fraud - possible ways forward

Brussels, 29 March 2007

Fiscal Fraud

This conference was organised as a follow up to the Commission's Communication of May 2006 concerning the need to develop a co-ordinated strategy to improve the fight against fiscal fraud (COM(2006) 254; see also the press release IP/06/697 Choose translations of the previous link  and MEMO/06/221 Choose translations of the previous link  ).

The objective of this conference was to provide European businesses the opportunity to express their views on the way VAT fraud is tackled today, to comment on the ideas which have been put forward within the Commission's Communication and to present any other idea which could contribute to the fight against VAT fraud.

Please find hereafter the programme of the conference with a link to the speeches delivered at the conference, the document for the workshops and the conclusions of the workshops.

Speeches and working documents

9.30 - 9.50 h

Opening - Introduction

Speech pdfby László Kovács, EU-Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union

9.50-10.30 h

Outline of the options provided by the Communication of the Commission
Presentationpdf(677 kB) by Alexander Wiedow, Director of the Directorate " Indirect Taxation and Tax Administration " of Directorate General "Taxation and Customs Union"

11.00-12.30 h

Workshops on different aspectspdf(218 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  :

1. VAT fraud: what problems does it cause to business and how can they assist the tax administration in combating it?

2. Enhancing the fight against fraud and the burden on businesses: striking the right balance

3. Changing the VAT system: the ultimate solution?

14.00 - 15.30 h

Continuation of the workshop

16.00 - 17.15 h

Report back from workshops and open discussion

Outcome of Workshop 1pdf(412 kB)
Outcome of Workshop 2pdf(445 kB)
Outcome of Workshop 3pdf(479 kB)

17.15 - 17.30 h

Conclusion of the seminar