All news items 2013
MEMO/13/1128 - State Aid: Commission welcomes Court ruling on exemptions from excise duty on mineral oils used as fuel for alumina production
See also the updated page on inheritance tax.
Taxation of savings income and reports on coordination of tax policies, fighting tax evasion/ aggressive tax planning are on the agenda.
See also the presentation of the state of play.
State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into tax exemptions given to certain Belgian companies
Information for business involved in trade with Russia on Russian measures affecting TIR movements as of 1 December 2013
MEMO/13/1042 - Taxing the Digital Economy: The Commission has appointed the members of the expert group
See the taxation cases involving Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy and Latvia.
IP/13/1105 - Taxation: Commission brings a case before the Court of Justice in respect of two discriminatory provisions in Belgian law
IP/13/1104 - Customs: Commission refers BELGIUM to Court over customs offices’ opening hours and fees
Customs: EU Council of Ministers has adopted two Regulations aimed at controlling drug precursors better
See the Council press release on page 26.
See the Council press release on pages 22-23. See also pages 8 and 10 for discussions on savings taxation and standard VAT return.
The conference will be live-streamed.
Tax aspects are under 'Public finances', 'Competitiveness and growth' or 'Employment and/or social policy'.
Taxation of savings income and Standard VAT declaration are on the agenda.
IP/13/1043 - State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into fiscal exemptions for certain maritime chartering services in France
But it will still be available as a web archive. Part of the content will be transferred to our website's 'Customs' section.
See the proposal (COM/2013/718).
… and No 37 on 'Tax Reforms and the Capital Structure of Banks'.
See Conclusions, point I. 4.
Customs: Commission proposes to extend measures on rules of origin that facilitate EU market access for Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia
Deadline is 8 November 2013. See also the Commission Decision.
See also Commissioner Šemeta's speaking points.
See the taxation cases involving France and Belgium.
IP/13/959 - State aid: Commission confirms that tax debt write-off for Slovak alcohol producer Frucona Košice is incompatible with EU rules
IP/13/957 - State aid: Commission authorises phasing-out of Belgian biofuel support scheme (excise duty reductions)
IP/13/955 - State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into new Gibraltar corporate tax regime
The report is available from our website as 'Taxation Paper No 38'.
Conference - 'The Path to Growth: Achieving Excellence in Business Friendly Public Administration', Brussels, 29 October 2013
Rules of origin: association agreement between the EU and Central America provisionally applied for Costa Rica and El Salvador since 1 October 2013
See 'Central America' under 'Other countries and territories'.
Customs: The EU databases for Customs Offices, EXPORT and TRANSIT will not be updated on 5 and 6 October due to maintenance work
The special VAT scheme for travel agents is not limited to sales of travel services to travellers and extend to sales to any customer, says EU Court of Justice
See the Court's press release No 120/2013.
See the taxation cases involving Belgium and Romania.
IP/13/871 - Taxation: Commission refers Belgium to Court over discriminatory inheritance tax provisions
IP/13/870 - Taxation: Commission refers Poland to Court over reduced VAT rate for medical and fire protection goods
Customs controls are one of the areas to be assessed.
See also the frequently asked questions (MEMO/13/800).
Information note to business involved in trade with Russia on amendment to Russian measures affecting TIR movements as of 14 September 2013
VAT: A company whose principal establishment is in a Member State may not take into account the turnover of its branches established abroad, says EU Court of Justice
See Court press release No 102/2013.
MEMO/13/775 - Customs: EU Commissioner Šemeta welcomes EP vote to complete the modernisation of Customs
Information note to business involved in trade with Russia on Russian measures affecting TIR movements as of 14 September 2013
Results of the G20 summit: Joint statement by European Commission President Barroso and European Council President Van Rompuy
See in particular the 4th paragraph on fairer taxation.
05/09/2013See also President Barroso's statement.
IP/13/761 - Protecting Intellectual Property Rights: Customs detain €1 billion worth of fake goods at EU borders in 2012
05/08/2013For more information see MEMO/13/738 and the full report.
Customs: a new e-learning course on AEO (Authorised Economic Operator) is freely available for download
Registrations will be open from the end of September.
G20 summit: Improving global confidence and supporting the global recovery – Joint letter of the Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council
See point 3 on tax avoidance and tax evasion.
Please click on "Rates" for each category of products (Alcohol; Tobacco; and Energy products).
Commissioner Šemeta welcomes G20 Finance Ministers' commitments on new measures to fight tax evasion and avoidance
IP/13/701 - State aid: Commission opens in-depth investigation into amended Spanish tax scheme for acquisition of shares in foreign companies
Taxation is one of the policy areas covered
On the agenda: Lithuanian Presidency Work Programme, preparation of G20 Meeting of Finance Ministers of 19-20 July and Country-Specific Recommendations.
For further information see MEMO/13/658.
See also the European Parliament's press release.
Tax fraud and tax evasion: additional information on the Platform for Tax Good Governance now available
See address for new Member State Croatia.
See in particular the questions on customs, trade in goods and VAT.
Taxation: Feasibility study on a standardised relief at source system implementing the FISCO Recommendation
For background information see our page 'Taxation of securities income received by individuals'.
Smart and Secure Trade Lanes: extension of the Pilot Project between EU and China customs to the ports of Barcelona, Valencia and Hong Kong
…and discussed combating direct tax fraud, the Code of conduct for business taxation, and energy taxation. See pages 14 to 17.
The operation of a private photovoltaic installation which is connected to the network may entitle its operator to deduct input VAT, says EU Court of Justice
On the agenda: Tax fraud and tax evasion, VAT fraud, VAT on e-services and two tax reports for the European Council.
See the taxation cases involving Greece, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.
IP/13/573 Customs: Bulgaria referred to Court of Justice for failing to abolish duty and tax relief in its agreement with USA
IP/13/572 Taxation: Commission demands that 5 Member States implement key EU rules against tax evasion
Joint statement by European Commission President Barroso and European Council President Van Rompuy after the G8 Summit in Lough Erne (UK), 17-18 June 2013
"…this summit is about fairness in the way taxes are paid by individuals and by companies".
The fight against tax evasion and tax fraud is on the agenda. See also MEMO/13/551 (2) Taxation).
MEMO/13/548 - Promoting global fairness through trade, taxation and transparency, says President Barroso ahead of G8 Summit
IP/13/530 - Fighting tax evasion: Commission proposes widest scope of automatic exchange of information within the EU
MEMO 13/527 - Customs: Commissioner Šemeta welcomes EP vote on Intellectual Property Rights Regulation
See also the frequently asked questions on customs enforcement of intellectual property rights (MEMO/13/526).
MEMO 13/470 Taxation: Commission requests United Kingdom to ensure private boats do not use lower taxed fuel
IP/13/473 Taxation: Commission refers France to the Court of Justice over discriminatory property tax rules
See also MEMO/13/458 (taxation on page 6).
No 35 on 'The marginal cost of public funds in the EU: the case of labour versus green taxes'.
See pages 6 to 8. See also President Barroso's speech following the meeting.
Tax fraud and tax evasion are on the agenda.
See page 27.
EU Council of Ministers gives mandate to Commission to negotiate with five non-EU European countries
See pages 10 and 11. See also Commissioner Šemeta's press conference remarks.
See also President Barroso's call for progress at the 22 May European Council.
Fighting tax fraud and tax evasion is on the agenda, as well as the Fiscalis 2020 Programme.
Eurostat 68/2013 - Taxation trends in the European Union - The overall tax-to-GDP ratio in the EU27 up to 38.8% of GDP in 2011 (revised version)
See the changes to the report (pages 33-35) on our dedicated web page.
IP/13/395 - State aid: Commission invites the Netherlands to end selective tax exemption for public companies
IP/13/391 - State aid: Commission reopens inquiry into the tax aid awarded to EDF following Court judgment
Customs: The self-assessment questionnaire for Authorised Economic Operators (AEO) and its explanatory notes are now available in 20 languages
VAT: the results of the public consultation on the review of the existing legislation on reduced rates are now available
Go to 'View the contributions' or 'Results of consultation'.
Eurostat 68/2013 - Taxation trends in the European Union - The overall tax-to-GDP ratio in the EU27 up to 38.8% of GDP in 2011
See the details on our dedicated web page.
Car taxation: overview of taxation principles according to EU law (SWD/2012/429) now available in 22 languages
Spanish legislation which taxes unrealised capital gains on the transfer of the place of residence or of the assets of a company established in Spain to another Member State…
… is contrary to EU law, says the EU Court of Justice. See the Court's press release No 53/13.
See the taxation case (reasoned opinion) involving Denmark.
See the call for applications . Application deadline is 8 May 2013.
See pages 4 and 5.
MEMO/13/332 - Commissioner Šemeta on tax evasion: speaking points for the Economic and Finance Ministers Council
…and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy puts tax evasion on the agenda for 22 May meeting.
For background information see our website.
See 'Latest news'.
Rules of origin: EU/Colombia-Peru trade agreement provisionally applied between the EU and Peru since 1 March 2013
See the Council press release on pages 8-9 and 18.
The Quick reaction Mechanism for fighting VAT fraud is on the agenda.
See the new list of relevant postal codes that follows the new Israeli postal code system.
IP/13/154 - Fighting evasion: Commission launches consultations on EU Taxpayer's Code and EU Tax Identification Number
IP/13/137 - Taxation: Commission refers France and Luxembourg to the Court of Justice over reduced VAT rates on ebooks
IP/13/136 - Taxation: Commission refers Belgium to Court over discriminatory tax reduction for Walloon tax residents
See the taxation cases (reasoned opinions) involving Belgium, Poland, Romania and Spain.
See also MEMO/13/93, particularly points 15b and 15e on the role of customs.
Customs: mutual recognition of EU and US trade partnership programmes – reciprocal implementation effective since 31 January 2013
The questions and answers in the pdf document provide further information and guidance to economic operators (EU AEO and US C-TPAT members).
17-19 April 2013, Venice Mestre (Italy). See the registration form on page 7 and read the related studies. Registration is subject to confirmation of acceptance to be sent after 15 March 2013.
See the taxation cases (reasoned opinions) involving Denmark and Poland.
Drug precursors: Commission adopts proposal for a Council decision on the signing of an EU-Russia agreement
See our web page for background information.
The VAT rates applicable in the EU Member States as at 14 January 2013 are available from our website
By applying reduced rates of VAT beyond what is authorised under the VAT Directive, Spain has failed to fulfil its obligations under EU law…
… according to the European Court of Justice. See the Court press release No 2/2013.
In order to read the "Responses" PDF Portfolio, you need the last version of Adobe Reader. It is freely available from http://www.adobe.com/products/reader.html.
Two are about company taxation and one on VAT in the public sector.
See new addresses for the Czech Republic and Hungary.