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24/05/2016

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Topic: Taxes


EU votes on shareholder measures to tackle reckless companies

MEPs could send a strong signal to citizens and companies alike that Europe does not accept environmental and social abuses, or tax dodging, say Anne van Schaik and Megan MacInnes.

Anti-fraud law hits Spain's elites

Model 720, the anti-fraud law passed by the Spanish Government in 2012, has claimed its first high profile victim. Rodrigo Rato, the former director of the International Monetary Fund, as well as First Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of the Economy, is being investigated. EurActiv Spain reports.
Sustainable Dev. 10-07-2014

EU needs more cost-effective renewables projects, auditors say

EU countries' renewables projects have not always been the best value for money, a vital criterion if the EU is to make its 2020 target for such energy, according to the European Court of Auditors (ECA).
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Commission proposes EU platform to tackle undeclared work

The European Commission proposed on Wednesday the creation of a pan-European platform to aimed at preventing and detering undeclared work more effectively.

Experts say food and drinks taxes not enough to combat obesity

Food and drinks taxes still haven't been proved to be an effective way of combating obesity in Europe. However, the taxes, introduced by many European governments, could be a way forward but they have to be part of a holistic approach, experts say.
Trade & Society 30-01-2013

EU threatens to punish Norway for breaching EEA agreement

Norway is failing to live up to its obligations as a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), including imposing extra taxes on EU products and not implementing more than 400 directives, according to an EU report to be published later this year.
Elections 02-10-2012

Outspoken German politician hits back in Swiss tax dispute

Peer Steinbrück, the former Germany finance minister who is to run as the Social-Democrat (SPD) challenger to Chancellor Angela Merkel next year, has demonstrated his tendency for plain speaking by calling Swiss bankers 'Indians' in a move that seems to set the tone for his electoral campaign.
Agriculture & Food 22-08-2012

Danish fat tax a feast for German border shops

Denmark's recently introduced tax on food and drinks is driving shoppers to neighbouring Germany at an unprecedented level, according to a survey by the Danish Grocers’ Trade Organisation (DSK).
Health & Consumers 13-07-2007

Parliament votes against increase in alcohol excise duties

In a non-binding legislative resolution, MEPs voted against a Commission proposal to raise the EU's minimum rates of excise duty on beer and spirits, and asked for the proposal to be withdrawn.

Fear of brain drain makes Poland drop double taxation scheme

To keep Polish workers in Britain from cutting ties with their native country, Poland has signed an agreement to end the punishing double taxation of Poles working in the UK.

High taxes do not hinder competitiveness, says report

Corporate tax rates, rather than the general taxation level, and the efficiency and quality of government expenditure have a direct impact on competitiveness, concludes a report. 
Future EU 11-03-2005

Freezing of EU services directive “not fair”, says Hungarian minister

The delocalisation problem is overblown and the freezing of the services directive is unfair, says Hungary’s socialist minister of European affairs, Etele Baráth in an exclusive interview with EurActiv.
Future EU 10-03-2005

Freezing of EU services directive “not fair”, says Hungarian minister

The delocalisation problem is overblown and the freezing of the services directive is unfair, says Hungary’s socialist minister of European affairs, Etele Baráth in an exclusive interview with EurActiv.

No further concessions for Switzerland on savings tax

Finance Ministers have agreed with the Commission not to grant Switzerland any more concessions in the EU's negotiations about opening up the country's secretive banking system to prevent tax evasion.
Competition 23-07-2003

EU to call on new Members to eliminate 'harmful' tax breaks

The EU will by the end of 2003 compile a list of "harmful" tax measures which the future Member States should phase out to avoid frustrating competition in the internal market.

Belgium revives fight over EU tax package

Belgium's decision to block a key element of the 3 June deal on an EU tax package has now put the fate of the package in a limbo again.
Enlargement 17-06-2003

Four new EU Members seek delay on savings taxation rules

New EU Members Estonia, Lithuania, Malta and Slovenia have asked for a two-year transitional period on their obligation to implement the EU's Directives on savings taxation and interest and royalty payments.

EU finally agrees savings tax deal

Concluding 14 years of discussions, the EU's finance ministers agreed on 3 June on a regime for the taxation of savings across Europe.
Enlargement 19-05-2003

What fiscal competition will there be from the CEEC?

The paper examines what strategies the future Member States employ to increase their attractiveness for foreign investment and the competitiveness of their companies.

ECOFIN defers approval of tax package until June

On 13 May, the EU's finance ministers made a "political" commitment to conclude debates on the Union's comprehensive tax package by June 2003. The next ECOFIN meeting is scheduled for 3 June.

Finance ministers attempt to break savings tax impasse

The EU's finance ministers will make another attempt on 13 May to end the prolonged impasse and create a new savings tax.
Euro & Finance 30-04-2003

Efficient taxation of multi-national enterprises in the European Union

This paper analyses the possible approaches in designing an efficient trans-border corporate tax system for the European Union.
Energy 21-03-2003

EU approves energy tax deal

After Austria lifted its reservations, the EU's finance ministers approved common rules on 20 March to taxing energy products.
Sustainable Dev. 18-02-2003

'Sustainable mobility' - a new concept or an empty phrase?

On 17 February 2003, high level representatives of the rail, automotive and aviation sectors as well as the Commission discussed the concept of "sustainable mobility" with regard to current trends in EU transport policy.