About: tax harmonisation

Competition 20-10-2017

Taxing the digital economy could slow progress on tax harmonisation

The issue of taxing the digital economy could undermine efforts for harmonising fiscal rules in Europe. Unless member states kill two birds with one stone. EURACTIV France reports.
Apple store - New York City
Euro & Finance 20-09-2016

Apple ruling indicates EU, US must solve tax jungle

The EU and US administrations have to work, with others, to find an equitable, effective and mutually acceptable solution for taxing the corporate profits of multinational companies, writes Philippe de Schoutheete.
Transport 18-11-2015

Award-winning entrepreneur: Small start-ups need monthly VAT refunds

Being a small start-up with limited funds, a monthly VAT refund could make a big difference to cash flow, said award-winning young entrepreneur.
EU Priorities 2020 25-04-2013

Cameron urges EU leaders to reach decision on tax evasion before G8

UK Prime minister David Cameron on Wednesday (24 April) called for his peers in the European Council to take decisive action on tax evasion before the G8 summit in June.
Euro & Finance 20-02-2012

Paris, Berlin to unveil joint corporate tax plan at Ecofin

A meeting of finance ministers in Brussels will see France and Germany present plans to align their national corporate tax regimes, as the European Commission's own attempt at EU-level harmonisation has so far failed to garner the required unanimity among the 27 member states.

Parliament sees crisis as ‘opportunity’ for tax harmonisation

The economic crisis could present an opportunity to harmonise taxation policy across EU member states, according to officials at the European Parliament who contributed to a major report on the future development of the EU.
Energy 10-07-2009

Electricity utilities call for tax harmonisation

Widespread differences in electricity taxation across EU member states is distorting competition, European electricity industry association Eurelectric argued this week, calling for greater harmonisation.

De-regulated labour markets ‘much more dynamic’

Europe does not need more highly regulated job markets but rather increased investment in human capital if it is to meet the dual challenge of achieving both economic efficiency and social justice, Wolfgang Merkel, the director of the Social Science Research Centre in Berlin, told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.

Interview: De-regulated labour markets ‘much more dynamic’

Europe does not need more highly regulated job markets but rather increased investment in human capital if it is to meet the dual challenge of achieving both economic efficiency and social justice, Wolfgang Merkel, the director of the Social Science Research Centre in Berlin, told EURACTIV Slovakia in an interview.
Euro & Finance 29-04-2008

Pitfalls of harmonising the EU corporate tax base

Introducing a common corporate tax base as proposed by the Commission and backed by the upcoming French Presidency of the EU would be wrong and unfeasible, claim Sebastian Dullien and Daniela Schwarzer in a 13 April review for Eurozone Watch.

France in renewed push for EU-wide corporate tax

Economy Minister Christine Lagarde said she would push to introduce a common consolidated corporate tax when France takes over the EU Presidency in July this year.

Ministers to debate expanding list of ‘green’ tax breaks

EU member states have sent their finance ministers to Brussels today (13 November) to discuss a proposal, first tabled by Britain and France in July, to reduce Value Added Tax (VAT) rates on certain environmentally friendly goods.  

One Europe, one tax: plans for a common consolidated corporate tax base

A Commission plan to introduce a common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB) is likely to benefit large enterprises but smaller companies will be "out of their depth" when choosing between national and European systems, according to a new Deutsche Bank Research paper by Frank Zipfel.

Commission plans EU company tax despite opposition

The Commission adopted, on 2 May, a Communication outlining the remaining steps to be taken to establish a single tax base for European companies by 2010. But the plan is opposed by at least seven member states which fear for their national tax sovereignty.

Debate over tax sovereignty heats up in Slovakia

Christian Democrats urge Parliament to defend Slovakia’s ‘flat tax’ regime against future EU harmonisation as discussions over environmental tax reforms take shape in Brussels.
Climate change 20-03-2007

EU seeks to fight climate change with taxes

The Commission will on 28 March 2007 present ideas for 'green taxes' to save energy and cut greenhouse-gas emissions. It says that such an ecological tax reform could increase the bloc's competitiveness by shifting the burden away from labour taxes.
Transport 13-03-2007

Carmakers push for CO2-based taxation

EU members must give up their sovereignty on taxation issues if they are serious about cutting greenhouse gases from cars, says the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA). A Commission proposal to harmonise tax rates on diesel, due 13 March, is also set to test EU countries' resolve.

Commission seeks to fight tax abuses

Taxation Commissioner László Kovács has presented plans to co-ordinate national tax systems in order to cut the cost to business of complying with different tax systems and avoiding tax abuse.

Low business taxes boost competitiveness

Low corporate taxes give countries “a significant competitive advantage over economic rivals” and contribute to “higher than average economic growth”, according to a study by the professional services firm KPMG.

Corporate tax ‘race to the bottom’ hurts EU growth

Both industrialised and developing countries will face a “major public funding crisis” unless governments stop the race to lower business taxes, according to a report from the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.

Poland on course for VAT clash with the rest of the EU

The government in Warsaw has declared that it will veto an EU deal on reduced VAT rates for certain services. The announcement is expected to result in a conflict between Poland and the 24 other member states.

Germany and France move closer on economy and taxes

During visits to Berlin, French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and Finance Minister Thierry Breton have welcomed German efforts to put an end to the socio-economic depression that the country has been going through.
Brexit 11-01-2006

Cross-border tax breaks for SMEs

The Commission has propsed a 'home-state' rule to ease the burden of tax compliance for small companies with subsidiaries in other member states.
Future EU 29-11-2005

Slovakia “surprised” by Merkel’s stance on taxes

Slovakia's centre-right government had hoped for the new German government's support for a more "liberal" approach to the European economy but Chancellor Merkel’s latest attacks on low taxes in some new member states point to the opposite, reports EURACTIV.sk