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Milan, 6 May 2011

CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

Opening of the conference

Welcome by Fabrizia Lapecorella, Director General at the Ministry of Finance, Italy

Speech by Algirdas Ĺ emeta Choose translations of the previous link  , Commissioner, Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud

Session 1: Adapting the VAT system to the Single Market

  • VAT treatment of cross-border supplies (defining the place of supplies of services and goods and their taxation)
  • Adapting the VAT system to large and pan-European businesses
  • Small and Medium businesses (SMEs)

Keynote speeches:

  • Large businesses: Chris Needham (General Electric)
  • SMEs: Antonio Vento (Confcommercio)

Panel discussion:

Moderator: European Commission (DG Taxation and Customs Union)

Panellists:

  • Chris Needham pdf(867 kB)(General Electric)
  • Stuart Adam (Institute for Fiscal Studies)
  • Antonio Vento (Confcommercio)
  • Ádám Balog (Hungarian Presidency)

Session 2: Enhancing the administration of the VAT system

  • Reducing complexity and administrative burden on businesses
  • Enhancing the efficiency of tax administrations
  • Reviewing VAT collection
  • Protecting bona fide traders against involvement in fraud

Keynote speech: Ine Lejeune (PWC)

Panel discussion:

Moderator: European Commission (DG Taxation and Customs Union)

Panellists:

Session 3: The keys to fiscal consolidation and neutrality of VAT

  • Broadening the tax base and reviewing the rates structure
  • Principles of deduction

Keynote speech: José Manuel García-Margallo Y Marfil pdf(45 kB)(MEP, Vice-Chair of the ECON Committee)

Panel discussion:

Moderator: European Commission (DG Taxation and Customs Union)

Panellists:

  • Piet Battiau (OECD)
  • José Manuel García-Margallo Y Marfil (MEP, Vice-Chair of the ECON Committee)
  • Jörg Kräusel (German Ministry of Finance)
  • Claude Grosjean pdf(66 kB)(Swiss Federal Tax administration)

Closing Session

Closing remarks: European Commission (DG Taxation and Customs Union)

Speech: Giulio Tremonti, Italian Minister of Economy and Finance