About: Algirdas Šemeta

Vicky Cann, Corporate Europe Observatory
Public Affairs 21-01-2015

Old Commissioners, new revolving doors

Only three months after the Barroso II Commission left office, some prominent members have already made moves in their professional careers which are putting to test the EU executive’s policy on revolving doors, writes Vicky Cann.
Trade & Society 22-08-2014

Commission moves to tighten customs security

A new strategy to plug gaps in the EU’s customs security safeguards was adopted by the European Commission yesterday (21 August).  
French agriculture
Agrifood 24-07-2014

Report: Italy ‘overzealous’ in reporting EU farm fraud cases

Member states show a mixed record when it comes to reporting irregularities in how EU funds for agriculture and regional policy are being spent. While Italy has been "overzealous" in its reporting, others hardly report any fraud at all, according to a new EU report. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 20-06-2014

Hybrid loans tax loophole worth billions of euros closed

EU finance ministers meeting today (20 June) have closed loophole exploited by multinationals to pay little or no tax worth billions of euros, after Malta dropped its objections to a compromise deal on hybrid loan arrangements.
Digital 20-06-2014

EU warns Ireland it could expand tax probe beyond Apple

The European Commission has told Ireland it may investigate more companies as part of a probe into the country's tax practices, after announcing a formal probe into Apple's Irish subsidiaries, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday (20 June).
Tax rates
Euro & Finance 17-06-2014

Commission warns member states against labour tax cash cow

Eurostat has published its annual report on taxation trends in 2012, a year that saw tax burdens increase across the European Union. Brussels has warned member states against high taxation, especially on labour. EURACTIV France reports.

Malta keeping tax loophole open after Sweden drops opposition

Malta is the only member state stopping a tax loophole costing billions of euros being closed, after Sweden dropped its opposition to a EU finance ministers' agreement to stop multinational companies exploiting hybrid loan arrangements to pay little or no tax. 
Digital 28-05-2014

Experts reject Google Tax, back VAT move against Amazon

There should no specific tax regime for online companies, experts Wednesday (28 May) told the European Commission, dealing a blow to supporters of an EU-wide “Google Tax,” targeted at the digital sector.
Euro & Finance 08-05-2014

Sweden slammed for keeping EU tax loophole open

Sweden came under fire Wednesday (7 May) for blocking a political agreement among EU finance ministers that would allow the closing of a loophole costing European taxpayers millions of euros.

EU finance ministers to close parent-subsidiary tax loophole

National finance ministers meeting on Tuesday (6 May) will move to close a loophole exploited by companies with European subsidiaries to avoid paying tax on profits from hybrid loan arrangements.
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Economy & Jobs 25-10-2013

Commission proposes standard VAT declaration for EU companies

The European Commission presented on Wednesday a new proposal to standarise VAT return for business and companies across Europe. Aiming at slashing red-tape for businesses, ease tax compliance and make tax administrations across the Union more efficient, this new regulation can cut costs for EU businesses by up to €15 billion a year, according to the EU's executive.
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EU Priorities 2020 15-05-2013

Economic and Financial Affairs press conference – April 2013

European Union finance ministers approved a €7.3-billion increase in the bloc's spending for 2013 on Tuesday (14 May), as part of a deal to unblock talks on the EU's next long-term budget. EU ministers also negotiated agreements on updated EU-wide rules on the taxation of savings.
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EU Priorities 2020 22-01-2013

FTT deal ignites debate on how to allocate funds

EU finance ministers on Tuesday gave the green light for the 11 countries to move forward with a harmonised FTT, opening a tricky debate on how the money should be used.
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Economy & Jobs 12-09-2012

Šemeta: Fiscal union involves tax cooperation

Creating a fiscal union will require greater cooperation on taxation and tax evasion, Taxation Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta tells EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Euro & Finance 12-09-2012

Šemeta: Fiscal union involves tax cooperation

Creating a fiscal union will require greater cooperation on taxation and tax evasion, Taxation Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta tells EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

Šemeta: EU and China must fight cigarette smuggling

Cigarette smuggling and fake designer goods will top the agenda when Europe's Anti-Fraud commissioner Algirdas Šemeta meets Chinese officials in Shanghai this week. The commissioner told EURACTIV the EU has an "enormous problem" with illegal goods entering the European market from China.

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