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23/12/2009
VAT: EU Council adopts a Directive amending technical provisions of the 'VAT Directive'

For more information see the Council press releasepdf (on page 19).

21/12/2009
IP/09/1967 - Commission authorises Polish tonnage tax scheme Choose translations of the previous link 
21/12/2009
Cash controls: Animation now available in seven languages

The playable version and the downloadable versions for TV or websites are on our web page.

17/12/2009
VAT: European Commission proposes implementing measures for the 'VAT package' scheduled for 1 January 2010

For further information see the press notice Choose translations of the previous link  ( 12th item), the proposal (COM/2009/672 pdf(247 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  ) and our new 'Where to tax' web page.

17/12/2009
Excise duties: All you want to know about the Excise Movement and Control System (EMCS)

See our revamped web section.

15/12/2009
The European Court of Justice declares that six Member States have infringed EU law by not paying customs duties payable on imports of armaments and material for civil and military use

For more information see Court press release No 110/09.

15/12/2009
IP/09/1929 - State aid: Commission prohibits Dutch energy tax exemption for production of ceramic products Choose translations of the previous link 
11/12/2009
IP/09/1904 - EU requests WTO panel over discriminatory taxation of distilled spirits in the Philippines Choose translations of the previous link 
09/12/2009
IP/09/1895 - European Commissioners and President of the Development Committee at the European Parliament launch debate on how to improve tax revenue collection in developing countries Choose translations of the previous link 

For further information see MEMO/09/545 Choose translations of the previous link  and the Tax and Development Conference web page.

03/12/2009
VAT: EU Member States agree on reverse charge for emission allowances and adopt conclusions on postal services

See the Council press releasepdf on pages 9 and 10. See also pages 31-32 on tax evasion and harmful tax competition.

02/12/2009
Conference 'What taxation for a low carbon economy?' Presentations and speeches now available online

See our web page.

02/12/2009
MEMO/09/533 - State aid: Commission welcomes Court ruling on excise duty exemptions for alumina production Choose translations of the previous link 
01/12/2009
European Commission adopts implementation Regulation on refunds of VAT

For further information see EU Official Journal No L 314 of 1 December 2009 (on page 50).

01/12/2009
MEMO/09/530 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 1 and 2 December 2009 Choose translations of the previous link 

The agenda includes VAT reverse charge, VAT on postal services, Savings Tax Directive, Recovery Directive, Administrative co-operation, Anti-fraud agreements with third countries, and the Code of conduct for business taxation.

27/11/2009
European Commissioner Kovács to discuss: ''What taxation for a low carbon economy?''

For more information see the press notice Choose translations of the previous link  (14th item) and our web page.

26/11/2009
Conference: 'Tax & Development', 9 December 2009

Registration deadline: 3 December 2009.

20/11/2009
IP/09/1790 - State aid: Commission requests Spain to comply with Court judgment on recovery of incompatible aid under company tax schemes Choose translations of the previous link 
20/11/2009
IP/09/1770 - Direct taxation: The Commission requests Belgium to change its legislation implementing the Parent-Subsidiary Directive Choose translations of the previous link 
20/11/2009
IP/09/1769 - Taxation of interest and royalties: Commission takes steps against Lithuania Choose translations of the previous link 
20/11/2009
IP/09/1768 - VAT: The Commission tackles 8 Member States over the application of the VAT grouping rules Choose translations of the previous link 
20/11/2009
IP/09/1767 - VAT: European Commission asks France to change its legislation on building land Choose translations of the previous link 
20/11/2009
IP/09/1766 - Manufactured tobacco: Commission asks France to abolish its strict quantitative limits on private individuals' tobacco purchases in other Member States Choose translations of the previous link 
20/11/2009
IP/09/1765 - Car taxation: The European Commission asks France to change a discriminatory aspect of its legislation relating to the 'malus tax' for second-hand vehicles imported from other Member States Choose translations of the previous link 
20/11/2009
IP/09/1764 - Direct taxation: The European Commission has asked France to abolish tax discrimination against foreign public-interest and not-for-profit bodies. Choose translations of the previous link 
17/11/2009
The Sardinian regional tax on touristic stopovers by aircraft and boats infringes EU law, says ECJ

For more information see the European Court's press release No 101/09.

13/11/2009
Conference: 'What taxation for a low carbon economy?', 30/11/2009

Registration deadline extended to 16 November 2009.

10/11/2009
Economic and Finance Ministers Council agrees reform of excise duties on cigarettes and other tobacco products

For further information see the Council press releasepdf.

09/11/2009
Customs: Final Declaration of 8th Asia-Europe (ASEM) Customs Directors General/Commissioners Meeting now available

For further information see our web page.

09/11/2009
MEMO/09/494 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 9 and 10 November 2009 Choose translations of the previous link 

The agenda includes Administrative cooperation in the field of taxation and Rates of excise duty applied to manufactured tobacco

05/11/2009
Conference: 'What taxation for a low carbon economy?', 30/11/2009

Final programmepdf(301 kB) and list of speakerspdf(399 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  available. Registration deadline: 12 November 2009.

03/11/2009
Customs: European Commission publishes the 2010 version of the Combined Nomenclature

See See EU Official Journal

30/10/2009
IP/09/1657 - State aid: Commission closes investigation into Hungarian intra-group interest taxation Choose translations of the previous link 
30/10/2009
IP/09/1655 - Fight against tax fraud: Commission publishes a study on the VAT gap in the EU Choose translations of the previous link 

For more information see the studypdf(1.11 Mb)

29/10/2009
IP/09/1629 - State aid: Commission authorises Danish NO X tax reduction for cement industry; opens in-depth investigation into waste tax exemption Choose translations of the previous link 
29/10/2009
IP/09/1642 - VAT: The European Commission asks France to bring its tax representative ('répondant fiscal') provision into line with the VAT Directive (Directive 2006/112/EC) Choose translations of the previous link 
29/10/2009
IP/09/1641 - VAT: The European Commission calls on Greece to apply a uniform VAT rate to the provision of bowling facilities Choose translations of the previous link 
29/10/2009
IP/09/1640 - Taxation of outbound dividend and interest payments to foreign pension institutions: Commission takes steps against Germany Choose translations of the previous link 
29/10/2009
IP/09/1645 - VAT: Commission launches infringement proceedings against Poland concerning the refund of VAT to non-established taxable persons Choose translations of the previous link 
29/10/2009
IP/09/1644 - VAT: The Commission tackles the Netherlands over its exemption for fundraising activities Choose translations of the previous link 
29/10/2009
IP/09/1643 - Car taxation: The European Commission calls on Hungary to change its legislation on car registration tax Choose translations of the previous link 
29/10/2009
IP/09/1638 - VAT: Commission pursues infringement proceedings against Austria on the exclusion of the right to deduct input tax with regard to construction costs for mixed use buildings Choose translations of the previous link 
29/10/2009
IP/09/1637 - Direct taxes: The European Commission refers Austria to the European Court of Justice over discriminatory tax provisions in the field of science and research Choose translations of the previous link 
29/10/2009
IP/09/1636 - Direct Taxation: The European Commission refers Estonia to the Court of Justice over its discriminatory taxation of non-residents' pensions Choose translations of the previous link 
29/10/2009
IP/09/1635 - Direct taxation: The European Commission requests Portugal to amend restrictive exit tax provisions for individuals Choose translations of the previous link 
28/10/2009
IP/09/1604 - State aid: Commission authorises implementation of an urban free zone scheme in Italy Choose translations of the previous link 
28/10/2009
IP/09/1601 - State aid: Commission requires Spain to abolish tax scheme favouring acquisitions of other European companies Choose translations of the previous link 
03/11/2009
Meeting between the European Commission, customs experts from the EU Member States and representatives of the European pharmaceutical sector

The Joint Statement pdf(21 kB)is also available from our web page.

23/10/2009
Cash controls: New animation available from our website

See the playable version and the downloadable versions for TV or websites.

22/10/2009
Customs 2013 and Fiscalis 2013 co-operation programmes in a new light

See the revamped Customs and Fiscalis sections of our website.

21/10/2009
EU Council discussed anti-fraud agreements with third countries and adopted two decisions on VAT derogations

For further information see the Council press releasepdf (pages 11 and 13).

20/10/2009
EU Council adopted two Directives codifying existing text on taxation of mergers and cases of VAT exemption

For further information and the texts see the Council press releasepdf (page 25).

19/10/2009
IP/09/1543 - Securities income: Commission recommends simplified procedures for claiming cross-border withholding tax relief Choose translations of the previous link 

See also the frequently asked questions (MEMO/09/462 Choose translations of the previous link  ), the Recommendation (C/2009/7924pdf(30 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  ) and the study pdf(646 kB)by Commission services.

19/10/2009
MEMO/09/461 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Informal Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Luxembourg, 19 and 20 October 2009 Choose translations of the previous link 

Anti-fraud agreements with Liechtenstein and other third countries are on the agenda.

15/10/2009
IP/09/1523 - EU and South Korea initial free trade deal Choose translations of the previous link 

See also MEMO/09/452 Choose translations of the previous link  on the Free Trade Agreement.

15/10/2009
Conference 'What taxation for a low carbon economy?' - Brussels, 30 November 2009

See our website for details. Registration is open (Updated link).

14/10/2009
IP/09/1515 - State aid: Commission endorses Finnish temporary tax incentives for productive investment Choose translations of the previous link 
08/10/2009
IP/09/1452 - Direct taxation: the Commission asks Belgium to amend its discriminatory legislation on accounts keepers/settlement institutions and investment funds Choose translations of the previous link 
08/10/2009
IP/09/1461 - Corporate taxation: Commission refers the United Kingdom to the European Court of Justice over improper implementation of an ECJ ruling on cross-border loss relief Choose translations of the previous link 
08/10/2009
IP/09/1460 - Direct taxation: The European Commission refers Spain and Portugal to the European Court of Justice over restrictive provisions on exit tax Choose translations of the previous link 
08/10/2009
IP/09/1459 - Reduced rate of VAT on horses: the European Commission refers Austria, France, Germany and Luxembourg to the Court of Justice Choose translations of the previous link 
08/10/2009
IP/09/1457 - VAT: Commission requires Greece to ensure in its legislation the refund of unduly paid VAT and other taxes Choose translations of the previous link 
08/10/2009
IP/09/1456 - VAT: Commission takes steps against Spain as regards the application of the travel agents' scheme Choose translations of the previous link 
08/10/2009
IP/09/1463 - VAT refunds: the European Commission calls on Hungary to change its VAT reimbursement rules Choose translations of the previous link 
08/10/2009
IP/09/1455 - VAT - The European Commission refers Austria to the European Court of Justice for the inclusion of car registration tax in the taxable base on which VAT is calculated for road vehicle supplies Choose translations of the previous link 
08/10/2009
IP/09/1495 - VAT: super-reduced rate for the first performances of a work: the European Commission launches the second stage of infringement proceedings against France Choose translations of the previous link 
08/10/2009
IP/09/1453 - VAT - Commission pursues infringement proceedings against Finland and Austria on the application of certain exemptions Choose translations of the previous link 
07/10/2009
Customs: European Commission launches eLearning course on Drug Precursor Control for businesses

For further information and details of how to obtain the course, see our web page.

05/10/2009
IP/09/1410 - EU and Uruguay settle complaint over taxation of imported spirits Choose translations of the previous link 
01/10/2009
IP/09/1449 - State aid: Commission partly authorises German tax law on risk capital, subject to amendments Choose translations of the previous link 
30/09/2009
IP/09/1390 - State aid: Commission approves €2.4 billion regional tax credit scheme for new investment in Sicily Choose translations of the previous link 
30/09/2009
MEMO/09/425 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Informal Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Göteborg (Sweden), 1 and 2 October 2009 Choose translations of the previous link 

European Commissioner Kovács will intervene on cost-efficient use of economic instruments, such as taxation, in climate policy.

29/09/2009
IP/09/1376 - Fight against tax fraud: Commission proposes measures for a consistent response to carousel fraud in certain sectors Choose translations of the previous link 

For more information see frequently asked questions (MEMO/09/423 Choose translations of the previous link  ) and the Commission proposal (COM/2009/511pdf(48 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  ).

24/09/2009
'Tax incentives for education and training' Conference: Presentations and speeches now available online

See our web page. The list of speakerspdf(1.42 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link  with CVs is also online.

24/09/2009
Customs experts from all six major semiconductor producing economies, including the EU, reaffirmed their commitment to protect and enforce intellectual property rights

See the reportpdf(10 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  'Semiconductor producers address counterfeiting'.

23/09/2009
European Commissioner László Kovács concludes his visit to Russia on customs cooperation

For more information see the press releasepdf(35 kB)

22/09/2009
Conference on tax incentives for education and training

For more information see the press releasepdf, the press notice Choose translations of the previous link  (5th item) and our website.

17/09/2009
European Commission and Japan hold the 2nd Joint Customs Co-operation Committee

For more information see the joint press release pdf(41 kB)

14/09/2009
Consolidated version of Community Customs Code's implementing provisions (updated to 1 July 2009) now available online

See the document and further information on the Community Customs Code and its implementing provisions on our web page. This consolidated version does not yet include the amendments resulting from Commission Regulation (EC) No 414/2009pdf.

14/09/2009
IP/09/1312 - Company taxation: The European Commission proposes a revised Code of Conduct for applying the Arbitration Convention to improve prevention of double taxation Choose translations of the previous link 

For further information see the Commission's proposal (COM/2009/472pdf(91 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  ) the final reportpdf(409 kB) and the summary reportpdf(46 kB) on penalties.

09/09/2009
EU Court of First Instance upholds Commission decisions considering certain Basque tax relief measures to be State aid incompatible with the common market

For more information see the Court's press release No 73/09.

04/09/2009
Fight against tax fraud: European Commission publishes report on mutual assistance between EU Member States

For more information see the press notice Choose translations of the previous link  (3rd item) and the report pdf(62 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (COM/2009/451).

18/08/2009
IP/09/1239 - Fight against tax fraud: Commission proposes measures for a more efficient cooperation between tax authorities Choose translations of the previous link 

For further information see the Commission proposal (COM/2009/427pdf(312 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  ) and report (COM/2009/428pdf(55 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  ).

29/07/2009
Excise duties: European Commission adopts Regulation on computerised procedures for movement of excise goods (EMCS)

See the Regulation on page 24 of EU Official Journal L197 of 29/07/2009

29/07/2009
IP/09/1200 - EU requests WTO consultations with the Philippines over unfair taxation of spirits Choose translations of the previous link 
23/07/2009
European Commission publishes two Taxation Papers (Nos 18 on Savings taxation and 19 on Environmental policy)

See our website.

23/07/2009
IP/09/1181 - State aid: Commission authorises €82 million of innovative film tax incentives; opens investigation into Italian digital cinema support Choose translations of the previous link 
22/07/2009
Taxation: European Commission launches eLearning course on VAT Directive

For further details and free download of the course, see our web page.

17/07/2009
Excise duties: European Commission re-launches 'EMCS News', a twice-yearly newsletter bringing up-to-date information on the state of play of EMCS (Excise Movement Control System)

No 3 is available from our website, along with a more detailed information paperpdf(482 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  .

16/07/2009
IP/09/1150 - State aid: Commission endorses exemption from Belgian pharma levy for medicines made from blood Choose translations of the previous link 
09/07/2009
IP/09/1106 - Customs: Commission publishes 2008 statistics of Customs actions to enforce intellectual property rights at the EU's external border Choose translations of the previous link 

For more information see the frequently asked questions (MEMO/09/327 Choose translations of the previous link  ), the full reportpdf(1 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link  and the presentationppt(1.81 Mb) Choose translations of the previous link  .

07/07/2009
The EU Council had an exchange of views on the Swedish Presidency's work programme

See the Council press releasepdf and the Presidency's Work Programmepdf (Economic and Financial Affairs).

06/07/2009
MEMO/09/318 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 6 and 7 July 2009 Choose translations of the previous link 

Ministers will discuss the work programme of the Swedish Presidency for the second half of 2009.

02/07/2009
IP/09/1078 - VAT: The European Commission calls for a harmonised application of the VAT grouping rules Choose translations of the previous link 

For more information see the Commission's Communication (COM/2009/325pdf(67 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  )

02/07/2009
Conference: Register for 'Tax incentives for Education and Training', Brussels, 22 September 2009
01/07/2009
European Commission provides online access to Economic Operators Registration and Identification number (EORI)

See our database web page.

30/06/2009
VAT: EU Council adopts measures against tax evasion linked to import

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

25/06/2009
IP/09/1013 - Direct taxation: The European Commission refers Luxembourg to the European Court of Justice over its incorrect application of the Savings Tax Directive Choose translations of the previous link 
25/06/2009
IP/09/1012 - Car taxation: The European Commission requests Romania to modify its legislation regarding application of pollution tax on passenger cars Choose translations of the previous link 
25/06/2009
Customs: Signature of an EC-Switzerland agreement providing for a waiver for customs security checks between the EU and Switzerland

See the press notice Choose translations of the previous link  (42nd item).

25/06/2009
IP/09/1019 - Direct taxation: The European Commission requests Spain to change its tax provisions related to the exchange of shares Choose translations of the previous link 
25/06/2009
IP/09/1018 - Direct taxation: The European Commission requests Finland and Denmark to end discriminatory taxation of foreign pension funds Choose translations of the previous link 
25/06/2009
IP/09/1017 - Direct taxation: The European Commission requests Belgium to end discriminatory taxation of interest paid by foreign banks to individuals Choose translations of the previous link 
25/06/2009
IP/09/1016 - VAT: The European Commission requests the United Kingdom to modify its legislation regarding the exemption for aircraft Choose translations of the previous link 
25/06/2009
IP/09/1015 - VAT: The European Commission requests Portugal to modify its flat-rate scheme applied to farmers Choose translations of the previous link 
23/06/2009
VAT: European Commission offers new on line service to increase legal certainty for traders involuntarily involved in fraud

See the press releasepdf(69 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  and the VIES data base on our website.

22/06/2009
STAT/09/92 - Taxation trends in the European Union - EU27 tax ratio at 39.8% of GDP in 2007 - Steady decline in top personal and corporate income tax rates since 2000 Choose translations of the previous link 

The report's main results, full text with country chapters and tables, including revenue data by individual tax are available from our Taxation trends web page.

18/06/2009
IP/09/961 - State aid: Commission authorises Irish health insurance tax and levy scheme Choose translations of the previous link 
17/06/2009
IP/09/939 - State aid: Commission authorises proposed Danish CO2 tax reductions under certain conditions Choose translations of the previous link 
17/06/2009
IP/09/934 - Commission refuses amendment to Danish tonnage tax scheme Choose translations of the previous link 
12/06/2009
An extended recovery period where taxable assets concealed from tax authorities are held in another Member State is in accordance with EU law, says ECJ

For more information see the European Court's press release No 52/09.

11/06/2009
Customs: European Commission launches eLearning course on EORI (Economic Operators Registration and Information number)

For further details and free download of the course, see our web page.

10/06/2009
Taxation: EU Council adopted conclusions on good governance in the tax area and agreed on measures against VAT fraud as well as technical amendments to the VAT Directive

See the details in the Council press releasepdf on pages 23-28.

10/06/2009
IP/09/900 - New rules on state aid to ship management companies Choose translations of the previous link 

They are about tonnage tax schemes.

08/06/2009
MEMO/09/264 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Luxembourg 8 and 9 June 2009 Choose translations of the previous link 

The agenda includes Good governance in the tax area, Fight against VAT fraud, VAT and financial services, Savings Tax Directive, and Technical amendments to the VAT Directive.

03/06/2009
An updated version of the Taxes in Europe data base (TEDB) is now available

See our website.

02/06/2009
Customs: European Commission publishes new web section on 'Safety and security amendment'

See our website.

28/05/2009
Customs: European Commission publishes update of the economic operators' registration and identification system (EORI) guidelines

See our website.

14/05/2009
IP/09/782 - Direct taxes: The European Commission formally requests Austria to amend certain rules related to the appointment of fiscal representatives Choose translations of the previous link 
14/05/2009
IP/09/781 - VAT: the European Commission requests Latvia to apply VAT on land for construction Choose translations of the previous link 
14/05/2009
IP/09/779 - VAT - The European Commission refers Poland to the Court of Justice on the application of VAT to certain cross-border passenger transport services Choose translations of the previous link 
14/05/2009
IP/09/780 - Direct taxes: The European Commission formally requests Poland to end discriminatory taxation of foreign pension funds, investment funds and financial institutions Choose translations of the previous link 
13/05/2009
European Commission and China conclude agreement on customs co-operation

For further information see our web page.

11/05/2009
Customs: EU- China Joint Customs Cooperation Committee (JCCC)

See the details in the press notice Choose translations of the previous link  (10th item)

08/05/2009
IP/09/725 - EU and China call for Doha deal, closer economic cooperation Choose translations of the previous link 
07/05/2009
IP/09/708 - EU and China to hold high-level economic and trade talks Choose translations of the previous link 

The agenda includes customs cooperation and intellectual property rights.

See also MEMO/09/220 Choose translations of the previous link 

06/05/2009
EU Council allows the optional use by Member States of reduced VAT rates in certain sectors

For more information see the Council press releasepdf on pages 16 and17.

05/05/2009
MEMO/09/214 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 4 and 5 May 2009 Choose translations of the previous link 

Ministers are expected to adopt a Directive on reduced VAT rates. Increasing excise duties on tobacco and information on anti-tax fraud measures are also on the agenda.

30/04/2009
EU takes measures aimed at reducing the risk of importing animal diseases

See the details Choose translations of the previous link  (15th item).

29/04/2009
IP/09/661 - State aid: Commission approves three UK fiscal venture capital schemes Choose translations of the previous link 

28/04/2009
IP/09/650 - Taxation and Good governance: The European Commission proposes actions to improve transparency, exchange of information and fair tax competition Choose translations of the previous link 

For further information see the Commission Communication (COM/2009/201pdf)

23/04/2009
The universal postal service provided by the Royal Mail is exempt from VAT, says ECJ

For more information see Court press release No 32/2009.

23/04/2009
EU law precludes the refusal to reduce income tax by the amount of health insurance contributions paid in another Member State, says ECJ

For more information see the European Court's press release No 34/2009.

17/04/2009
European Commission publishes new Regulation implementing the Community Customs Code

See the EU Official Journalpdf

17/04/2009
Company taxation: European Commission presents report on functioning of Interest and Royalties Directive

See the press notice Choose translations of the previous link  (5th item). The report is on our website

16/04/2009
Car tax: European Commission asks France for information on 'malus tax'

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

14/04/2009
IP/09/567 - Direct Taxation: The Commission refers Portugal to the European Court of Justice over its discriminatory taxation of lottery winnings Choose translations of the previous link 
08/04/2009
European Commission publishes three Taxation Papers (Nos 14, 15 and 16) on corporate taxation

See our website.

06/04/2009
The complete video of the 2009 Brussels Tax Forum, as well as presentations and speeches , is now available

See our website.

02/04/2009
Customs: Transitional period until 31 December 2010 for electronic advance declarations

See the press notice Choose translations of the previous link  (12th item) and the Regulationpdf.

27/03/2009
Third Brussels Tax Forum on 30-31 March 2009: Webstreaming will be available

See the press notice Choose translations of the previous link  (10th item) and the weblink for the Conference.

25/03/2009
Warning/ Disclaimer: e-mail with subject 'Revenu fiscale et des douanes - Remboursement de la taxe'.

If you received this email, you are strongly advised not to click on the link included in the email. This will lead you to a fake web site where you will be requested to enter confidential information about you and a credit card number. There is a very high danger of fraud behind this e-mail.

23/03/2009
Commissioner Kovács welcomes mandate from EU Council for negotiating with Russia on cooperation against the trafficking of drug precursors

For more information see the press notice Choose translations of the previous link  (9th item)

20/03/2009
IP/09/449 - Customs: the European Commission proposes a waiver for customs security checks between the EU and Switzerland. Choose translations of the previous link 

For further information see the Commission Proposal (COM/2009/131).

19/03/2009
IP/09/430 - VAT: the European Commission requests that Italy modify its rules regarding the taxable amount for supplies of immovable property Choose translations of the previous link 
19/03/2009
IP/09/429 - VAT - The European Commission refers Poland to the European Court of Justice for the inclusion of car registration tax in the taxable base on which VAT is calculated for road vehicle supplies Choose translations of the previous link 
19/03/2009
IP/09/435 - Direct Taxation: The European Commission refers Germany to the European Court of Justice over its discriminatory taxation of outbound dividends Choose translations of the previous link 
19/03/2009
IP/09/433 - Direct Taxation: The European Commission refers Germany to the European Court of Justice over its discriminatory rules for buildings abroad Choose translations of the previous link 
19/03/2009
IP/09/432 - VAT: the European Commission refers Greece to the European Court of Justice for failing to notify the transposition of two VAT Directives into national law Choose translations of the previous link 
19/03/2009
IP/09/431 - Direct taxation: The European Commission refers Spain to the European Court of Justice over restrictive exit tax provisions for individuals Choose translations of the previous link 
19/03/2009
IP/09/427 - Direct taxes: The European Commission requests that Bulgaria end discriminatory taxation of non-resident taxpayers Choose translations of the previous link 
19/03/2009
IP/09/428 - Direct taxes: The European Commission requests that Austria end discriminatory tax treatment of donations made in the field of science and research Choose translations of the previous link 
17/03/2009
Customs: European Commissioner Kovács welcomes new EU Action Plan to combat counterfeiting in 2009-2012

For more information see the press releasepdf(67 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  and the Council Resolutionpdf (on page 15).

11/03/2009
EU Council reached agreement on use of reduced VAT rates in certain sectors and Ministers signed a convention on the sharing of costs for the collection of customs duties

For more information see the Council press releasepdf on pages 10, 11 and 16.

10/03/2009
IP/09/382 - Aid to maritime transport: Commission approves modifications in the Dutch tonnage tax scheme Choose translations of the previous link 
09/03/2009
European Commission launches eLearning course on SASP (Single Authorisation for Simplified Procedures)

For further details, free download of the course and an information clip, see our web page.

09/03/2009
MEMO 09/101 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 9 and 10 March 2009 Choose translations of the previous link 

Ministers will discuss reduced VAT rates and sign a convention on the sharing of costs for the collection of customs duties.

27/02/2009
European Commission publishes manual for application for customs actions

The manual and forms for submitting applications/ providing information are available from our web site (counterfeit section).

25/02/2009
IP/09/319 - Commission authorises Irish tonnage tax amendment Choose translations of the previous link 
19/02/2009
IP/09/287 - Direct Taxation: The European Commission refers Greece to the European Court of Justice over discriminatory tax provisions for the acquisition of a first residential real estate in Greece Choose translations of the previous link 
19/02/2009
IP/09/289 - Direct taxation: The European Commission requests that Bulgaria end discriminatory tax treatment of foreign governmental, municipal and corporate bonds Choose translations of the previous link 
19/02/2009
IP/09/291 - Direct taxation: The European Commission requests that the Czech Republic end discriminatory taxation of non-resident taxpayers Choose translations of the previous link 
19/02/2009
EU-Switzerland anti-fraud agreement covering indirect tax and customs

See the Council press releasepdf and the EU Official Journal on pages 6 and 8.

19/02/2009
IP/09/288 - Direct taxation: The European Commission refers Portugal to the European Court of Justice over discriminatory taxation of non-resident taxpayers Choose translations of the previous link 
19/02/2009
IP/09/290 - Direct Taxation: The European Commission refers Hungary to the Court of Justice over discriminatory tax provisions concerning the duty levied on the purchase of residential property Choose translations of the previous link 
19/02/2009
IP/09/292 - Direct taxation: Commission requests that Finland end discriminatory taxation of non-resident artists and sportsmen Choose translations of the previous link 
13/02/2009
European Commission publishes excise duty rates applicable in EU Member States as at 1 January 2009

See the excise duty section of our web site.

12/02/2009
Information about the recent amendments to the Customs Code's implementing provisions (CCIP)

The texts of three Regulations (two of them not yet adopted) are available from our web page.

11/02/2009
The EU Council of Ministers adopted conclusions on an anti-fraud agreement to be concluded with Liechtenstein , authorised a VAT derogation for the Czech Republic and Germany and discussed reduced VAT rates

For further information see the Council press releasepdf on pages 10, 20 et 21.

11/02/2009
IP/09/242 - State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into Dutch tax exemption for natural gas used for production of ceramic products Choose translations of the previous link 
09/02/2009
MEMO/09/56 - Preparation of Eurogroup and Economic and Finance Ministers Council, Brussels, 9 and 10 February Choose translations of the previous link 

Reduced VAT rates are on the agenda.

06/02/2009
Conference: Register for the third Brussels Tax Forum, 30-31 March 2009
02/02/2009
IP/09/201 - Fight against tax fraud: Commission proposes measures to allow better cooperation between tax authorities Choose translations of the previous link 

For further information see the proposals (COM/2009/28 and COM/2009/29).

30/01/2009
IP/09/193 - Customs: EU and China agreements to strengthen cooperation on protecting Intellectual Property Rights and on preventing illicit imports of chemical substances used for synthetic drug production Choose translations of the previous link 
30/01/2009
Documents of the 'VAT fraud' FISCALIS Seminar of 23 January 2009 are now available on line

See our web page.

29/01/2009
IP/09/169 - Car taxation: The European Commission calls on Greece to apply a Court ruling on depreciation criteria used to determine the taxable value of used cars Choose translations of the previous link 
29/01/2009
IP/09/170 - Direct taxation: The European Commission requests the United Kingdom to end discriminatory provisions in the area of inheritance tax Choose translations of the previous link 
29/01/2009
IP/09/171 - Direct taxation: Commission requests Finland to end discriminatory taxation of forest income earned by non-residents Choose translations of the previous link 
29/01/2009
IP/09/172 - Direct Taxation: The European Commission opens a new infringement procedure against Greece for failure to comply with a Court judgment concerning capital duty Choose translations of the previous link 
28/01/2009
IP/09/132 - VAT: Commission proposes a review of the VAT rules on invoicing with a view to reduce burdens on business and to help Member States tackle fraud Choose translations of the previous link 

For further information see the frequently asked questionspdf(41 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  , the Communication (COM/2009/20), and the proposal (COM/2009/21) for a Directive.

27/01/2009
A tax deduction for gifts to charitable bodies must not be restricted to bodies established in the national territory, says ECJ

For further information see Court press release No 5/2009.

26/01/2009
International Customs Day

Customs services throughout the world celebrate International Customs Day. This year's event highlights the role of Customs in protecting the environment and our natural heritage.

23/01/2009
European Commission publishes two economic studies on the use of tax instruments for energy/environment purposes

The studies are available from our web page.

22/01/2009
Direct Taxation: European Commission publishes study on implementation of Merger Directive

See the details on our web page.

22/01/2009
IP/09/85 - Towards a European maritime transport area without barriers Choose translations of the previous link 

The action plan includes measures aimed at simplifying customs procedures.

19/01/2009
Excise duties: New Directive on fight against fraud and EMCS (Excise Movement and Control System) published

See EU Official Journalpdf and our web page.

16/01/2009
VAT: European Commission publishes study on invoicing rules contained in the VAT Directive

See the details on our web page.

15/01/2009
EU law does not preclude an administrative penalty which may be imposed on persons liable to VAT, says ECJ

For more information see Court press release No 2/2009.

09/01/2009
European Commission publishes VAT rates applicable in EU Member States as of 1 January 2009

See our web page

08/01/2009
Our dedicated ''40 years of Customs Union'' web site will be closed down tonight...

but it will still be available on line as a web archive.

07/01/2009
Fiscalis seminar on VAT fraud: Workshop document now available

See our web page for all details concerning the 23 January seminar.

06/01/2009
European Commission has published draft update on TIR procedure for the Transit Manual (in English only)

Provisions on electronic messages applicable since 1/01/2009. See the details on our web page.