CFE Forum 2014 - Policies for a sustainable tax future


The Representation of the State Saxony-Anhalt, Boulevard St Michel 80, B-1040 Brussels

As Europe is struggling with cross-border tax evasion and tax avoidance, it seems time to put an end to blaming multinationals and financial markets and start moving forward with a well-designed plan to tackle the problem at the EU and global level. It is vital that the right questions are addressed in order to close the existing gaps, mismatches and loopholes of the EU tax systems and to find alternative sources of revenue. In doing so, the EU has to align with the other key global players to preserve its competitiveness in the field of taxation. By addressing the OECD´s “Base Erosion and Profit Shifting” (BEPS) Action Plan and the EU proposal for a Financial Transaction Tax, the CFE Forum 2014 will consider two blueprints which will have a major impact on treasuries, and, most of all, on businesses.

Titled “BEPS: Better policies in the EU context?”, the first three panels of this one-day conference forecasted what EU tax systems will look like in the near future, after completion of the OECD BEPS project. Will BEPS challenge some of the fundamental principles of EU taxation? What will be the inevitable implications for companies operating in the EU and beyond in terms of competitiveness, compliance and responsibility? Speakers from the European Commission, as well as business and academics discussed these questions together with the audience.

The last panel dealt with the EU Financial Transaction Tax. Speakers from the European Commission and from two countries that have not been supporting the proposal discussed feasibility and expectations of this envisaged tax. Moreover, the last panel provided an update on recent developments in VAT policy.

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