Economic and Financial Affairs Council

Economic and Financial Affairs Council
  • Start date : 22/01/2013 00:00:00
  • End date : 22/01/2013 23:59:59
  • Where : Justus Lipsius building, Brussels, Belgium

Council of the EU and European Council, Economy, finance, tax and competition

The Council will take note of the state of play on the decision authorising enhanced cooperation in the area of financial transaction tax (FTT) and may adopt the decision.


In the context of the European Semester, the Council will also discuss the Commission's annual growth survey for 2013 with a view to adopting Council conclusions in February.


Furthermore, the presidency will inform the Council of the follow-up to be given to the European Council's meeting on 13 and 14 December as regards economic policy, with a focus on implementation of the "roadmap" for the completion of economic and monetary union. The Presidency will also present, in public debate, its work programme in the economic and financial area and ministers will hold an exchange of views on some of its items.


Finally, the Council will take note of the Commission's presentation of its communication "An Action Plan to strengthen the fight against tax fraud and tax evasion" , which sets out concrete steps to enhance administrative cooperation and to support the development of the existing good governance policy, as well as the wider issues of interaction with tax havens and tackling aggressive tax planning and other aspects, including tax-related crimes.


A Presidency briefing, agenda and background note will be published on the Council website closer to the date of the meeting.