About: Taxation

Economy & Jobs 15-03-2019

EU’s ‘Tobin tax’ now expected to collect only €3.5 billon 

The latest proposal for an EU financial transaction tax (FTT) received lukewarm support earlier this week, with expected revenues brought down tenfold, to €3.45 billion annually, under a watered-down version tabled by France and Germany, according to documents seen by EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 08-03-2019

The EU’s digital tax is dead, long live the OECD’s plans

Ireland, Sweden and Denmark are set to maintain their opposition to the EU’s digital tax next Tuesday, forcing finance ministers to kill the European solution and focus instead on the OECD’s ongoing work to levy digital companies.
Climate change 04-03-2019

Time to get rid of EU’s unanimity rule on green fiscal matters

Taxation is the last EU policy area where decision-making exclusively relies on unanimity. A gradual shift to qualified majority voting would help reach environmental objectives more effectively at a time when action on climate change is more urgent than ever, argue Eero Yrjö-Koskinen, Patrick ten Brink and Emma Watkins.
Economy & Jobs 12-02-2019

Member states shield national vetoes on tax matters

A large majority of EU governments opposed on Tuesday (12 February) the European Commission’s proposal to end the unanimity required to pass legislation on taxation, saying they want to protect national sovereignty and avoid having decisions forced on reluctant countries.
Economic governance 04-02-2019

French finance chief wants to tax expatriate business leaders

French Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire wants to introduce legislation to ensure that heads of large French businesses living abroad pay more taxes in France. EURACTIV France’s partner La Tribune reports.
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).
Digital 09-10-2018

EU digital tax: MEPs call for higher rates

The European Commission should consider increasing the proposed rates in the controversial digital tax plans, MEPs from the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs committee suggested on Tuesday (9 October).
Economy & Jobs 02-10-2018

Member states approve reduced tax for e-books and digital press

EU finance ministers reached an agreement on Tuesday (2 October) to allow willing member states to apply reduced VAT rates or even scrap taxes on electronic books and digital press.
Africa 13-09-2018

Progress remains slow in bridging Africa’s tax divide

Increasing the tax take in African countries lies at the heart of the global development goals agreed by world leaders in 2014 and 2015. But progress towards meeting that goal has been slow.
Future EU 20-08-2018

Austrian Presidency on the road towards new markets

Austria's Federal Economic Chamber represents the interests of the country's economic operators but is also a cornerstone of the social partnership enshrined in the constitution.  Its president, Harald Mahrer, spoke to EURACTIV Germany about Austria's economic goals in a changing global economy.
EU Priorities 2020 18-04-2018

No more memoranda for Greece

In an interview with Dimitris Rapidis, coordinator of the European Progressive Forum, Commissioner Pierre Moscovici talks about EU reforms, Greece, taxation, the surge of the far-right in Europe, and the challenge for the European Socialists ahead of the European Parliament elections in 2019.
Digital 29-03-2018

The misguided logic of digital taxation

The European Commission’s proposal on digital taxation demonstrates a completely new logic of taxation. It contains all the wrongs you can achieve in one proposal, writes Gunnar Hökmark. 
Economy & Jobs 23-03-2018

Trump temporarily excludes EU from higher tariffs, announces measures to ‘punish’ China

US President Donald Trump yesterday (22 March) temporarily excluded six countries and the European Union from higher import duties on steel and aluminium due to come into effect today.
Economic governance 07-03-2018

Commission passes the ball on sovereign debt rules

European Commission Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis said on Wednesday (7 March) that he does not intend to amend the regulatory treatment of sovereign debt held by banks following inconclusive discussions at international level.
Economy & Jobs 12-12-2017

US tax reform could have ‘major’ negative impact on global trade, Europeans warn

Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK have expressed their concerns to the US authorities about a draft tax reform that is in the process of being finalised by Congress.
Economy & Jobs 06-11-2017

‘Paradise Papers’ embarrass US trade chief, Queen Elizabeth, and counting

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on Sunday (5 November) released The Paradise Papers, a global investigation that reveals the offshore activities of some of the world’s most powerful people and companies.
Digital 20-09-2017

Commission ponders a tax on online sales

The Commission will suggest on Wednesday (20 September) alternatives to tax companies operating on Internet, including a withholding tax on online sales of non-resident companies or a levy on revenues coming from digital services or advertising, according to a document seen by EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 16-09-2017

EU agrees to draft proposal to raise taxes on internet giants

A majority of member states agreed to start preparing a new levy on digital companies to compensate for low-tax regimes that cost billions of euros to European governments.
Energy 11-09-2017

John Cooper: On fossil fuels, the European public is ‘a little bit misled’

A lot is at stake for the energy security of Europe if political correctness was to dictate imposing one technology against the other, John Cooper, Director General of FuelsEurope told EURACTIV.com.
Brexit 31-07-2017

UK insists Brexit will not trigger race-to-bottom on taxation

The United Kingdom does not intend to lower taxes far below the European average in order to remain competitive after Brexit but rather expects to keep a recognisably European economic and social model, finance minister Philip Hammond claims.
Central Europe 18-07-2017

Romanian government backtracks from plan to tax companies’ turnover

Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said yesterday (17 July) his leftist-led government had scrapped a plan to tax companies' turnover.
Health 05-07-2017

French smokers, at €10 a pack, may finally think twice

The cost of lighting up at a French sidewalk cafe may finally dissuade even the most ardent smoker, if Prime Minister Edouard Phillippe gets his way.
Enlargement 22-06-2017

Mastercard poll: Serbians concerned about underground economy

The shadow economy limits the state's ability to provide public services, according to 2/3rds of Serbians surveyed. 8 out of 10 say it inhibits growth. For a country in which undocumented trade accounts for 30% of its GDP, the concern could not be clearer. EURACTIV.rs reports.
Politics 31-05-2017

MEPs grill Juncker over LuxLeaks: ‘You turned from Saul to Paul’

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker admitted on Tuesday (30 May) that he overlooked certain effects of Luxembourg's tax policy during his tenure as prime minister of the tiny member state.

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