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18/12/2008
Court of first instance annuls Commission decision according to which the proposed reform of corporate tax in Gibraltar constitutes unlawful State aid

For more information see Court press release No 99/2008.

16/12/2008
Tax fraud: Commissioner Kovács welcomes adoption by the Council of two measures aimed at improving fight against fraud in the area of VAT and excise duties

For further information see the press notice (10th item) and the Council's press releasepdf.

16/12/2008
IP/08/1980 - Customs: Millions of illegal medicines stopped by 'MEDI-FAKE' action Choose translations of the previous link 
05/12/2008
Car taxation in Romania: In the absence of EU harmonisation, Member States may decide for themselves while respecting the principle of non-discrimination of cars from other Member States, say European Commission services

For further information see the letter pdf(21 kB) sent in reply to enquiries from Romanian citizens.

03/12/2008
EU Council adopted conclusions on Savings taxation and the Code of conduct on harmful tax competition, as well as a Resolution on co-ordinating exit taxation

For more information see the Council press releasepdf on pages 12-14 and the Resolutionpdf.

01/12/2008
IP/08/1845 - Duty-free imports: New rules for travellers' allowances into the European Union from 1 December 2008 Choose translations of the previous link 
01/12/2008
MEMO/08/753 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 1 and 2 December Choose translations of the previous link 

Agenda includes taxation of savings, VAT on insurance and financial services, reduced VAT rates, code of conduct on harmful tax competition and exit taxation.

01/12/2008
IP/08/1846 - VAT fraud: The European Commission presents an action plan to better combat VAT fraud Choose translations of the previous link 

See also the Communication (COM/2008/807pdf(92 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  ) and the proposal for a Directive (COM/2008/805pdf(53 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  ).

27/11/2008
IP/08/1820 - VAT - The European Commission refers Poland to the Court of Justice for the application of a reduced rate to certain items Choose translations of the previous link 
27/11/2008
IP/08/1817 - Direct Taxation: The European Commission refers Portugal and Spain to Court of Justice over discriminatory taxation of foreign pension funds Choose translations of the previous link 
27/11/2008
IP/08/1815 - Direct taxation: Commission takes steps against Luxembourg as regards the application of the Savings Tax Directive Choose translations of the previous link 
27/11/2008
IP/08/1813 - Direct taxation: The European Commission requests Portugal and Spain to change restrictive exit tax provisions for companies Choose translations of the previous link 
27/11/2008
IP/08/1811 - VAT - The European Commission refers the Netherlands to Court of Justice for its VAT exemption for the provision of personnel Choose translations of the previous link 
27/11/2008
IP/08/1818 - Direct taxation: The European Commission requests Estonia to end discrimination of foreign charities Choose translations of the previous link 
27/11/2008
IP/08/1816 - Direct taxation: The European Commission takes steps against the United Kingdom as regards the deductibility of cross-border pension contributions Choose translations of the previous link 
27/11/2008
IP/08/1814 - VAT: the European Commission requests Italy to notify adoption of national provisions transposing two Directives in the VAT field Choose translations of the previous link 
27/11/2008
IP/08/1812 - VAT reduced rate for horses: The European Commission refers the Netherlands to Court of Justice and opens second stage infringement proceedings against Austria, France, Germany and Luxembourg Choose translations of the previous link 
14/11/2008
VAT fraud: A common concern for businesses and tax administrations

A one-day FISCALIS seminar for businesses, Amsterdam, 23 January 2009 . Registration open

13/11/2008
IP/08/1697 - Taxation of savings: The European Commission proposes changes to eliminate tax evasion Choose translations of the previous link 

For further information see MEMO/08/704 Choose translations of the previous link  , technical questionspdf(34 kB), the proposal (COM/2008/727pdf(254 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  ), the impact assessment (SEC/2008/2767pdf(210 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  ) and its summary (SEC/2008/2768pdf(90 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  )

06/11/2008
EU Council reached agreement on the fight against VAT fraud, defined position on EMCS and discussed reduced VAT rates

For more information see the Council press releasepdf on pages 8-11.

04/11/2008
MEMO/08/670 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 3-4 November 2008 Choose translations of the previous link 

Combating VAT fraud, reduced VAT rates and excise duties proposal are on the agenda.

31/10/2008
Customs: European Commission publishes the 2009 version of the Combined Nomenclature

See EU Official Journal

20/10/2008
Publication of Taxation Papers No 12 on 'The corporate income tax rate-revenue paradox' and No 13 on 'Reduced VAT applied in EU Member States'

See our website

17/10/2008
WARNING: potentially fraudulent e-mails with subject: 'IMPORTANT: Your EU Savings Tax returns'

If you receive this message, you are strongly advised not to answer. This e-mail is a phishing attempt to gather confidential information about you and your bank account numbers. There is a very high danger of fraud behind this e-mail. Specimen of the fraudulent messagepdf(27 kB).

16/10/2008
IP/08/1533 - Direct taxes: The European Commission requests Spain to end discriminatory taxation of non-resident taxpayers Choose translations of the previous link 
16/10/2008
IP/08/1532 - Direct Taxation: The European Commission requests Estonia to amend its discriminatory taxation of pensions paid to non-residents Choose translations of the previous link 
16/10/2008
IP/08/1531 - Direct taxation: The European Commission requests Spain to change restrictive exit tax provisions for individuals Choose translations of the previous link 
16/10/2008
Services supplied to sports clubs may be exempt from VAT, says ECJ

For more information see Court press release No 75/08.

16/10/2008
ECJ rules on taxable income and dwellings in some cross-border situations

For more information see Court press release No 74/08.

16/10/2008
IP/08/1530 - Excise duties: the European Commission decides to bring Italy before the European Court of Justice for its tax legislation which favours regenerated lubricating oil produced from used oil collected in Italy Choose translations of the previous link 
08/10/2008
EU Council adopted conclusions on the fight against VAT fraud and had an exchange of views on reduced VAT rates

For more information see the conclusionspdf and the Council press releasepdf on pages 20-22.

06/10/2008
MEMO/08/605 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Luxembourg, 6 and 7 October 2008 Choose translations of the previous link 

The agenda includes combating VAT fraud and reduced VAT rates.

25/09/2008
EU Council adopts Resolution on a comprehensive European anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy plan

For more information see the full textpdf(153 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  and IP/08/1416 Choose translations of the previous link  .

22/09/2008
IP/08/1382 - EU to request new WTO consultations on Indian wine and spirits taxes Choose translations of the previous link 
18/09/2008
European Commission closes infringement proceedings against Sweden over the taxation of wine

For further information see the latest related press release Choose translations of the previous link  .

18/09/2008
IP/08/1353 - Direct taxes: the Commission refers Portugal to the Court of Justice for its discriminatory tax provision against non-Portuguese service providers Choose translations of the previous link 
18/09/2008
IP/08/1355 - Direct Taxation: The Commission requests Portugal to amend its discriminatory taxation of lottery winnings Choose translations of the previous link 
18/09/2008
IP/08/1365 - Corporate taxation: Commission requests the United Kingdom to properly implement an ECJ ruling on cross-border loss compensation Choose translations of the previous link 
18/09/2008
IP/08/1364 - Direct Taxation: The Commission requests Greece to amend its discriminatory tax provisions applicable to the acquisition of a first residential real estate in Greece Choose translations of the previous link 
18/09/2008
IP/08/1362 - Direct taxation: Commission requests Sweden to change restrictive exit tax provisions for companies Choose translations of the previous link 
18/09/2008
IP/08/1356 - Direct taxation: The Commission requests Ireland to amend discriminatory tax provisions relating to Savings Certificates and to certain Government, State-issued and State-guaranteed securities Choose translations of the previous link 
18/09/2008
IP/08/1358 - VAT: the Commission may prosecute Greece for failing to notify the transposition of two VAT Directives into national law Choose translations of the previous link 
15/09/2008
European Commission issues first report on implementation of savings taxation Directive

For more information see the full report (COM/2008/552pdf(50 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  ), a summary presentationpdf(565 kB) and Commission Working document SEC/2008/2420pdf(90 kB).

15/09/2008
Informal meeting of the EU Economy and Finance Ministers, 12-13 September 2008

See main results on the EU Council Presidency website.

11/09/2008
MEMO/08/558 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Informal Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Nice (France) 12 and 13 September 2008 Choose translations of the previous link 

The use and effectiveness of reduced VAT rates are on the agenda.

11/09/2008
ECJ specifies criteria in case of corporation tax in the Basque Country

For more information see Court press release No 63/08.

05/09/2008
European Commissioner László Kovács participated in the Congress of the International Fiscal Association in Brussels

His speech is available from our websitepdf(27 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  .

05/09/2008
40 years of Customs Union: customs' crucial role in protecting citizens at the centre of a Europe-wide communication campaign this summer

Bookmarks, articles, billboard adverts, posters, leaflets and postcards helped inform travellers throughout Europe. See the pictures on our webpage.

31/08/2008
No news in August 2008
31/07/2008
Green paper on market-based instruments: the summary report on taxation-related aspects of the consultation is now available

See the text and the list of respondents on our website.

31/07/2008
Customs: New forms for declaring cash in the Czech Republic - Common Declaration Form available in more non-EU languages

See the forms on our website.

25/07/2008
VAT: European Commission publishes citizen summary on reduced rates proposal

See our web page.

24/07/2008
VAT: European Commission launches public consultation on invoicing legislation

For further information see the consultation page.

17/07/2008
The Italian tax amnesty for VAT is unlawful, says ECJ

For more information see Court press release No 55/08.

16/07/2008
IP/08/1149 - Tobacco taxation: Commission proposes increasing excise duties Choose translations of the previous link 

For more information see the frequently asked questions (MEMO/08/506 Choose translations of the previous link  ), the proposal (COM/2008/459pdf(70 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  ), the Commission report (COM/2008/460pdf(103 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  ), Commissioner Kovács' s speechpdf(16 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  , the presentationpdf(538 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  , the impact assessment summary (SEC/2008/2267pdf(22 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  ), as well as the external studypdf(3.43 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link 

16/07/2008
IP/08/1152 - State aid: Commission authorises €231 million Hungarian film support scheme Choose translations of the previous link 

...including the Hungarian film tax incentive.

07/07/2008
The Arbitration Convention on the elimination of double taxation (transfers of profits between associated companies) has been in force as regards Bulgaria and Romania since 1 July 2008

For further information on the Convention see the web page.

07/07/2008
IP/08/1109 - VAT: Commission proposes categories of services to which Member States may apply a reduced rate Choose translations of the previous link 

For further information see the Frequently asked questions (MEMO/08/481 Choose translations of the previous link  ) and the Commission Communication (COM/2008/428) and the Commissioner's speech pdf(12 kB).

04/07/2008
Ceremony for the 40th anniversary of the Customs Union and EU Declaration

For more information see our web page

27/06/2008
IP/08/1027 - VAT- Commission takes steps against Poland with regard to the application of VAT on certain cross-border passenger transport services Choose translations of the previous link 
27/06/2008
IP/08/1021 - Direct taxation: Commission requests Denmark to change tax measures which discriminate income from foreign based investment funds Choose translations of the previous link 
27/06/2008
IP/08/1020 - Direct taxation: The Commission requests Hungary to amend discriminatory tax provisions relating to the purchase of residential property Choose translations of the previous link 
27/06/2008
IP/08/1032 - VAT: The Commission asks Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Austria for information concerning the application of exemptions Choose translations of the previous link 
27/06/2008
IP/08/1029 - VAT: Commission tackles the Netherlands over its exemption for the provision of personnel Choose translations of the previous link 
27/06/2008
IP/08/1024 - Direct taxation: Commission requests Portugal to end discriminatory taxation of non-resident taxpayers Choose translations of the previous link 
27/06/2008
IP/08/1022 - Taxation of dividends: Commission formally requests the Czech Republic and Italy to end discriminatory taxation of foreign pension funds Choose translations of the previous link 
26/06/2008
European Commission closes infringement proceedings against Greece over vehicle taxation

For further information see the latest related press release Choose translations of the previous link 

26/06/2008
STAT/08/92 - Taxation trends in the EU - EU27 tax ratio at 39.9% of GDP in 2006 - Strongest year-on-year increase in ten years Choose translations of the previous link 

The report's main results, full text, country chapters and tables are available from our Taxation trends web page.

19/06/2008
40 years of Customs Union: Commissioner Kovács welcomes the European Parliament's resolution

For more information see the press noticepdf(13 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  and Parliament's website.

17/06/2008
IP/08/953 - State aid: Commission requests information about preferential tax regimes for retail distribution and banking cooperatives in Italy Choose translations of the previous link 
17/06/2008
IP/08/952 - State aid: Commission refers Slovakia to Court of Justice for failure to recover illegal and incompatible aid Choose translations of the previous link 
17/06/2008
IP/08/949 - 40 years of Customs Union: Commissioner Kovács joins with the European Parliament to celebrate customs' role in protecting citizens and facilitating trade Choose translations of the previous link 
09/06/2008
Commissioner Kovács takes part in customs actions in Rotterdam, Frankfurt and Hungary

For more information see the communiqué Choose translations of the previous link  .

05/06/2008
IP/08/885 - Car taxation: Commission takes steps against Portugal for its car tax-suspension system favouring vehicles produced in Portugal Choose translations of the previous link 
05/06/2008
IP/08/887 - VAT - Commission takes steps against Spain regarding its rules governing the right to deduct VAT on imports Choose translations of the previous link 
05/06/2008
IP/08/886 - VAT - Commission takes steps against Poland regarding its exclusions to deduct VAT on certain specific motor vehicles and on the fuel acquired to propel them Choose translations of the previous link 
05/06/2008
Customs: Commission publishes Regulation on EU Modernised Customs Code

See the EU Official Journalpdf No L145 of 04/06/08

04/06/2008
EU Council adopts conclusions on harmful tax competition, discusses excise duties and VAT on financial services

For more information see the Council press releasepdf on pages 13-15

04/06/2008
IP/08/853 - State aid: Commission prohibits tax exemptions of almost €3 million to Alas Slovakia Choose translations of the previous link 
02/06/2008
Customs: Commission publishes new consolidated version of Explanatory Notes to Combined Nomenclature

See the EU Official Journal No C 133 of 30 May 2008

02/06/2008
EU Council adopts conclusions on the exchange of information regarding savings taxation

See the Council press releasepdf on page 12, the conclusionspdf, and working documents on statisticspdf and procedurespdf.

30/05/2008
MEMO/08/352 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Frankfurt 2 June and Luxembourg 3 June 2008 Choose translations of the previous link 

The agenda includes VAT on financial and insurance services, Excise duties and Harmful tax competition.

19/05/2008
IP/08/757 - Customs: Commission publishes 2007 Customs seizures of counterfeit goods at the EU's external border Choose translations of the previous link 

See also the frequently asked questions (MEMO/08/310 Choose translations of the previous link  ), the full reportpdf(226 kB) and the presentationpdf(850 kB).

19/05/2008
Taxation: Oral report given by the Commission at the 14 May EU Council on the conventional anti-fraud measures

See the full text pdf(16 kB)

15/05/2008
EU Council adopts conclusions on savings taxation, the Customs Union, and good governance in the tax area

See the Council press releasepdf on pages 34-39.

14/05/2008
European Commission publishes working document (SEC/2008/559) on savings taxation

See the summary presentationpdf(447 kB) and the full paperpdf(152 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

13/05/2008
MEMO/08/298 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 13 and 14 May 2008 Choose translations of the previous link 

Agenda includes VAT fraud, Taxation of savings, Evolution of the Customs Union and Good governance in the tax area.

08/05/2008
MEMO/08/290 - Second TEC meeting to further strengthen EU/US economic integration Choose translations of the previous link 

The agenda includes secure trade. European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union László Kovács is taking part.

06/05/2008
European Commission closes infringement proceedings against Belgium over the taxation of non-Belgian service providers

For further information see the latest related press release Choose translations of the previous link 

06/05/2008
IP/08/712 - Taxation of dividends: Commission takes steps against Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal and Romania, and closes case against Luxembourg Choose translations of the previous link 
06/05/2008
IP/08/711 - Commission takes steps against Spain regarding the application of a non EU-harmonized excise duty on mineral oils Choose translations of the previous link 
30/04/2008
The minutes, presentations and speeches of the 2008 Brussels Tax Forum are now available.

See our website

30/04/2008
Customs and safety: Co-operation between Customs and Market Surveillance authorities to increase protection of European citizens from imported unsafe products

For more information see the press releasepdf(74 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  and the seminar's conclusionspdf(23 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  .

18/04/2008
European Commission issues revised version of ''Customs Blueprints'' and ''Fiscal Blueprints''

The "Customs Blueprintspdf Choose translations of the previous link  " and "Fiscal Blueprintspdf(1.23 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link  " are available from our website.

17/04/2008
IP/08/595 - State aid: Commission opens investigation into tax benefits for Hungarian steel producer Dunaferr Choose translations of the previous link 
09/04/2008
Different tax treatment of beer and wine in Sweden does not infringe EU law, ECJ says

For more information see Court press release No 23/2008

03/04/2008
IP/08/512 - Direct taxation: Commission requests Hungary to end discriminative tax incentives for research and development Choose translations of the previous link 
03/04/2008
IP/08/511 - Car taxation: infringement procedure against Malta Choose translations of the previous link 
03/04/2008
IP/08/513 - VAT - Commission takes steps against Spain regarding its rules to determine the taxable amount of VAT in case of barter transactions Choose translations of the previous link 
02/04/2008
IP/08/492 - Customs beyond 2013: Commission launches a debate on the future evolution of Customs Choose translations of the previous link 

For further information see the Commission Communication (COM (2008) 169pdf(174 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  )

02/04/2008
IP/08/496 - Clean Transport: Commission authorises Slovakia to grant fiscal aid to railway and inland waterways transport Choose translations of the previous link 
31/03/2008
Second Brussels Tax Forum on 7-8 April 2008: Webstreaming will be available

See the weblinks Choose translations of the previous link  for the Conference and the Press Conference

27/03/2008
U.S. Customs and Border Protection and European Commission adopt joint roadmap towards mutual recognition trade partnership programmes

For more information see the press releasepdf(77 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

17/03/2008
IP/08/454 - VAT fraud: the European Commission proposes measures to tackle fraud effectively Choose translations of the previous link 

For further information see the proposals (COM/08/147pdf(176 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  )

13/03/2008
Publication of Taxation Paper No 11 on corporate tax policy and incorporation in the EU

See our website

13/03/2008
Publication of Commission staff background paper ''Financial and insurance services'' requested by the Council Presidency (Internal reference: TAXUD/2414/08)

See our website

13/03/2008
Update on the work of the Expert Group on Taxation of Savings (also known as the ''EUSD Group'' or the ''European Union Savings Directive Group'') now available.

See our website

13/03/2008
Conference: Final programme of second Brussels Tax Forum (7-8 April 2008) available. Registration still open.

See our website

12/03/2008
IP/08/433 - State aid: Commission requests Italy to recover €123 million of unlawful fiscal aid from nine privatised banks Choose translations of the previous link 
12/03/2008
IP/08/434 - State aid: Commission authorises French tax scheme reducing solidarity tax on wealth with a view to promoting investment in SMEs Choose translations of the previous link 
12/03/2008
IP/08/436 - State aid: Commission authorises Italian aid scheme (tax reduction) to promote biodiesel Choose translations of the previous link 
11/03/2008
Counterfeit: New forms and national contact points enabling right holders to quickly alert customs

For further information see our website.

11/03/2008
VAT: European Commission launches public consultation on reduced rates

For further information see the consultation page.

05/03/2008
EU Council of Ministers discussed Combating VAT fraud and Taxation of savings

For more information see the Council press releasepdf (page 16).

03/03/2008
MEMO/08/136 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 3 and 4 March 2008 Choose translations of the previous link 

VAT fraud and taxation of savings are on the agenda.

28/02/2008
IP/08/338 - Taxation: Commission requires Greece to change the way requests for refund of unduly paid taxes are treated Choose translations of the previous link 
28/02/2008
IP/08/337 - Direct Taxation: Commission requests Belgium to end discrimination against foreign nurseries and foreign artists and sportsmen Choose translations of the previous link 
28/02/2008
IP/08/336 - The Commission refers Portugal to the Court of Justice due to its legislation on the movement and holding of products subject to excise duties Choose translations of the previous link 
28/02/2008
IP/08/335 - VAT - Commission takes steps against Poland with regard to the application of rules on place of supply of services Choose translations of the previous link 
28/02/2008
IP/08/333 - VAT: Commission takes steps against 8 Member States as regards the application of the travel agents' scheme Choose translations of the previous link 
28/02/2008
IP/08/334 - Taxation of outbound dividends and interest: Commission takes steps against Lithuania and Latvia Choose translations of the previous link 
28/02/2008
IP/08/342 - Corporate taxation: Commission requests Spain to amend discriminatory anti-abuse rules Choose translations of the previous link 
28/02/2008
IP/08/339 - Direct taxes: Commission requests Portugal to end discrimination against investments held abroad Choose translations of the previous link 
27/02/2008
IP/08/322 - Seaport services - the European Commission allows Germany to lower taxes on diesel fuel used for port handling activities Choose translations of the previous link 
22/02/2008
U.S. Customs and Border Protection and European Commission Announce First Joint Operation Combating Counterfeit Goods

For more information see the press releasepdf(68 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

22/02/2008
IP/08/291 - VAT fraud: The European Commission presents possible far-reaching measures on VAT to better combat fraud Choose translations of the previous link 

See also Communication (COM/2008/109) and document SEC/2008/249pdf(206 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

19/02/2008
Customs: EU Commissioner Kovács welcomes adoption by the EU Council and European Parliament of the modernised Community Customs Code

For further information see the statementpdf(14 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  , the frequently asked questions (MEMO/08/101 Choose translations of the previous link  ) and the presentationpdf(1.01 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link  .

14/02/2008
IP/08/241 - Excise duties: Commission proposes measures to strengthen the fight against fraud and simplify certain rules for private and commercial cross-border purchases Choose translations of the previous link 

See also the text of the proposal (COM/2008/78)

13/02/2008
IP/08/216 - State aid: Commission approves Spanish corporate tax credit to promote R&D Choose translations of the previous link 
12/02/2008
IP/08/208 - VAT package: Commission welcomes adoption by the ECOFIN Council of new rules on the place of supply of services and a new procedure for VAT refunds Choose translations of the previous link 
12/02/2008
IP/08/212 - Taxation of capital: Commission welcomes adoption by the ECOFIN Council of a recast of the capital duty directive Choose translations of the previous link 
11/02/2008
IP/08/203 - Security, Trade Facilitation and protection of Intellectual Property Rights: Results of the 1st EC-Japan Joint Customs Co-operation Committee Choose translations of the previous link 
11/02/2008
MEMO/08/82 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 11 and 12 February 2008 Choose translations of the previous link 

The Council is also expected to adopt without discussion new legislation on VAT on services, VAT refunds, and capital duty.

31/01/2008
European Commission proposes amendment to the TIR Convention concerning the transport of passenger cars

For further information see the text of the proposal

31/01/2008
IP/08/149 - VAT - Commission takes steps against Poland for the application of a reduced rate on supplies of certain children's items and the exemption applied to supplies of buildings Choose translations of the previous link 
31/01/2008
IP/08/148 - Excise duties/Minimum retail sale prices for cigarettes: the Commission refers Austria and Ireland to the Court of Justice Choose translations of the previous link 
31/01/2008
IP/08/147 - Direct taxation: Commission takes Portugal to the Court due to its discriminatory 2005 tax amnesty legislation Choose translations of the previous link 
31/01/2008
IP/08/146 - Direct taxation: Infringement proceedings against Germany for its discriminatory depreciation-rules applied to buildings situated abroad Choose translations of the previous link 
31/01/2008
IP/08/145 - VAT - Commission refers France to Court of Justice for its legislation on rates of VAT for undertakers' services Choose translations of the previous link 
31/01/2008
IP/08/144 - Direct taxation: Commission requests Germany to end discriminatory rules applied to non-resident taxpayers (mainly artists, sportsmen and journalists) Choose translations of the previous link 
31/01/2008
IP/08/143 - Taxation of outbound dividends: Commission takes steps against Germany, Estonia and the Czech Republic Choose translations of the previous link 
31/01/2008
IP/08/141 - VAT: Commission refers the UK to the Court and launches infringement proceedings against Spain concerning the refund of VAT to non established taxable persons Choose translations of the previous link 
31/01/2008
IP/08/139 - VAT: The Commission takes Finland to the Court of Justice on excluding the services supplied by public legal aid offices from the scope of VAT Choose translations of the previous link 
31/01/2008
IP/08/131 - VAT- Commission tackles Germany over taxation of withdrawals for private use of immovable property from business assets Choose translations of the previous link 
31/01/2008
IP/08/166 - EU Commissioner László Kovács concluded his visit to China on customs cooperation Choose translations of the previous link 
31/01/2008
IP/08/132 - Direct taxation: Commission takes steps against Belgium for failure to adopt national implementing measures of the Merger Directive Choose translations of the previous link 
31/01/2008
IP/08/135 - VAT - Commission takes steps against Austria, Malta and Finland as regards the inclusion of the car registration tax in the amount on which VAT is levied in the cases of supplies of road vehicles Choose translations of the previous link 
30/01/2008
European Commission proposes that the EU-EFTA Joint Committee adapts the Convention on a common transit procedure to computerisation

See our Web page

30/01/2008
Taxation: Commission has published report on activities in the tax field in 2007
30/01/2008
Conference: Register for the second Brussels Tax Forum, 7-8 April 2008
26/01/2008
International Customs Day

Customs services throughout the world celebrate the International Customs Day. This year, particular focus is made on combating illicit trafficking in drugs and precursors.

25/01/2008
IP/08/87 - EU Commissioner László Kovács to visit China to discuss customs cooperation Choose translations of the previous link 
23/01/2008
EU Council held an exchange of views on the Slovenian Presidency's work programme and adopted conclusions on the single market review

Both texts refer to taxation. See Council's press releasepdf (on pages 6 and 10-12).

22/01/2008
Job opportunities at the Commission's 'Taxation and Customs Union' DG : the selection of temporary agents has been launched

Deadline for applications : 15 February 2008. Visit the internet site of the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO).

21/01/2008
MEMO/08/28 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 21 and 22 January 2008 Choose translations of the previous link 

The Slovenian Presidency's Work Programme is on the agenda.

17/01/2008
VAT: European Commission publishes two studies on the possible impact of measures envisaged for fighting fraud

The texts of the studies are available from our website.

15/01/2008
IP/08/45 - State aid: Commission opens an investigation procedure into changes planned by Ireland to its flat-rate tax regime based on the tonnage of ships Choose translations of the previous link