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Minimum #VAT rate extended for two years

Minimum #VAT rate extended for two years

On 25 May, the Council adopted a directive maintaining for a further two years the minimum standard VAT rate at 15%.  The minimum standard rate is aimed at preventing an excessive divergence in VAT rates applied by member states, and the structural imbalances or distortions of competition that could arise as a result. A minimum standard […]

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#Tax: Corporate tax avoidance – Council adopts rules on the exchange of tax-related information on multinationals

#Tax: Corporate tax avoidance – Council adopts rules on the exchange of tax-related information on multinationals

On 25 May, the Council adopted rules on the reporting by multinational companies of tax-related information and exchange of that information between member states.  The directive is the first element of a January 2016 package of Commission proposals to strengthen rules against corporate tax avoidance. The directive builds on 2015 OECD recommendations to address tax base […]

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#Natura2000Awards: Commission awards exemplary projects protecting nature across Europe

#Natura2000Awards: Commission awards exemplary projects protecting nature across Europe

On 23 May, Commissioner Vella announced the winners of the 2016 Natura 2000 Awards. The six winners include projects from Bulgaria, Latvia, Spain, the United Kingdom and cross-border projects from Belgium, France, Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary, Finland and Norway. The annual Natura 2000 Awards recognise conservation achievements across the EU and raise awareness about initiatives that […]

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#DigitalSociety: Defending human rights in the digital age

#DigitalSociety: Defending human rights in the digital age

The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought embodies Parliament’s support for human rights. Throughout the year the Sakharov Prize network of former laureates meets to highlight issues. On 23 and 24 May nine former Sakharov laureates met in Brussels to discuss, among others, how to adapt to the challenges facing human rights defenders in the […]

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#Digital: From geo-blocking to cloud computing – Parliament’s guide to the digital age

#Digital: From geo-blocking to cloud computing – Parliament’s guide to the digital age

Every day 315 million Europeans use the internet, but challenges still remain for consumers and companies alike. The European Commission presented its strategy for a digital single market in 2015. In addition Parliament and the Council agreed to ban roaming fees in 2017 and guarantee equal treatment for all internet traffic. On 25 May MEPs […]

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#Tax: Anti-tax avoidance – close tax gap with low-tax third countries, say MEPs

#Tax: Anti-tax avoidance – close tax gap with low-tax third countries, say MEPs

The European Commission’s proposal for an EU anti-tax avoidance directive was welcomed by Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in a resolution voted on Tuesday (24 May). MEPs nonetheless advocated stricter limits on deductions for interest payments and an effective corporate tax rate of 15%. The committee approved its text by 20 votes to 15, […]

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#EURef: British expats robbed of vote

#EURef: British expats robbed of vote

| May 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

Appellants have challenged the lawfulness under EU law of the UK’s EU Referendum Act, in respect of its exclusion from the EU Referendum of British citizens who, in exercising their EU freedom of movement rights, reside outside the UK and have been resident outside the UK for a period of more than 15 years, writes […]

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