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Bundestag wants to impose climate tax on MPs’ official trips

The Bundestag's Council of Elders decided that there should be a climate tax for the official trips of MPs, starting in 2020. For the first time, the Council has started to debate the building blocks of Germany's recently proposed climate package. EURACTIV's media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Aviation 12-07-2019

Why we are far from imposing a tax on kerosene

France introduced a tax on airline tickets this week. However, this does not really replace a tax on kerosene, which continues to be tax-exempt across Europe. But why is the EU not introducing such a tax? EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 14-02-2019

EU court rules against Commission on Belgium ‘excess profit’ tax scheme

The system of exception for the excess profit of Belgian entities that are part of multinational corporate groups does not constitute illegal state aid, contrary to the European Commission's previous assessment, the EU's top court ruled on Thursday (14 February).
Digital 21-01-2019

Le Maire renews push for EU-wide digital services tax

Renewed plans to roll out an EU-wide digital services tax may be back on the cards and could be agreed by the end of March, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said in an interview published on Sunday (20 January).
Oil and Industry 12-06-2017

The Brief, powered by Eni: The EU has the wind in its sails. But there are also risks.

Sunshine always follows rain and that's true for the EU too.
Health 11-05-2017

Don’t thwart an ally in the war on tobacco

Declining smoking rates in Europe mean less tax revenue for many fiscally strained governments. Trying to make up for these losses with a tax on e-cigarettes would be a big mistake, writes Alex Brill.
Economy & Jobs 27-02-2017

EU court asked to decide if card game is actual ‘sport’

The European Court of Justice has been asked to rule if the card game bridge is actually a sport, for the purposes of the EU’s VAT Directive.
Development Policy 18-10-2016

French auditors launch assault on ‘Solidarity Tax’ for world aid

France's Solidarity Tax on air travel is a major source of funding for health programmes in the world's poorest countries. But Paris auditors have said it unfairly penalises Air France. EURACTIV France reports.
Health 14-09-2016

Tobacco Directive should focus on traceability and security

The considerable problems posed by the illicit trade in tobacco products are widely recognised, yet agreeing on how to provide an effective solution is still the subject of deliberation and delays, writes Nicola Sudan.
Pierre Moscovici
Euro & Finance 12-09-2016

FTT to be pushed through ‘by the end of the year’

Plans for a European Financial Transaction Tax have not advanced since 2012. Now the Commission wants to have the project wrapped up by the end of the year, setting a precedent for an EU-wide corporation tax. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 08-09-2016

Irish parliament backs Apple tax appeal after angry debate

Ireland's parliament battled through an ill-tempered debate on Wednesday to vote in favour of appealing a European Commission ruling ordering the country to collect billions of euros in unpaid taxes from tech giant Apple.
A two Euro coin in front of the Acropolis, Greece
Euro & Finance 10-06-2016

Greek shipowners: tax scrutiny will open ‘Pandora’s box’ in EU

Greece's top shipping lobby on Friday (10 June) warned that EU scrutiny of their tax concessions would open a 'Pandora's box' of revelations concerning other states, with harmful consequences all around.
Euro & Finance 08-04-2016

Panama Papers scandal puts pressure on EU to toughen tax laws

The Panama Papers scandal has put political pressure on the European Commission to toughen its tax laws, and in particular for multinational companies, EU Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has said.
Euro & Finance 07-09-2015

Commission mulls VAT gap reform

The European Commission has published its third report on the 'VAT gap'. The situation has not improved since 2011. EURACTIV France reports.
Euro & Finance 20-04-2015

EU needs to increase ‘taxparency’

New measures are urgently needed to counter tax evasion, which costs Europe billions of euros each year, argues Jeppe Kofod. 
Digital 28-10-2014

Commission: Hungary’s internet tax is ‘a terrible idea’

The European Commission said on Tuesday that Hungary's plans of introducing a tax on internet transfers "is a terrible idea" that "curbs freedom and won't work".
People hold up their mobile phones as they protest against a new tax on Internet data transfers in the centre of Budapest October 26, 2014 [Reuters]
Central Europe 27-10-2014

Hungarians protest Internet tax

Thousands of Hungarians protested in Budapest yesterday (26 October) against a planned new tax on Internet data transfers, which they said would not only increase the tax burden, but would also curb fundamental democratic rights and freedoms.
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).

Norway backpedals on EU single market compliance pledge

Though Norway promised in November it would live up to its obligations under the EU single market, the Liberal Party which supports the Norwegian government has changed its mind and said it would forge ahead with punitive taxes on imported EU goods.
Health 24-10-2013

French MPs vote for tax on energy drinks

French parliamentarians on Thursday (24 October) voted for a new tax on energy drinks, such as Red Bull.
EU Priorities 2020 22-05-2013

Van Rompuy seeks tax compromise by imposing deadline

A proposal by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy to fight tax evasion, heralded in draft conclusions to today’s EU summit, will seek to maintain momentum on the EU savings directive by asking leaders to agree the initiative by the end of the year.
Public Affairs 13-07-2012

Big companies’ lack of transparency could spark new crisis: TI

Countries around the globe are struggling to rebuild their economies after the financial crisis. But the world’s largest publicly traded companies do not demonstrate enough transparency measures to help prevent another economic meltdown, says a new Transparency International report.
Elections 10-07-2012

Denmark’s government might collapse in autumn

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt might have to call an election later this year as her centre-left government has lost support from the Red-Green Alliance, whose votes are needed to keep her in power.
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Elections 07-05-2012

Hollande to fight austerity after beating Sarkozy

The victory of French social-democrat Francois Hollande in the Sunday's presidential elections creates a completely new dynamic on the European agenda. The newly elected president has openly positioned himself against Germany's way of managing the euro crisis, emphasizing that Austerity can no longer be the only option. EU Commission Chief Jose Manuel Barroso, a member of Sarkozy's political family, welcomed Hollande's victory. Barroso said both leaders share the same growth-driven view for Europe.

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