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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his annual State of the Union speech at the European Parliament on 14 September 2016.

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18/01/2017 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
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10/01/2017 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Environment, consumers and health

Today the Commission is presenting an ambitious and balanced package of measures that will make it easier for companies and professionals to provide services to a potential customer base of 500 million people in the EU. 

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21/12/2016 - Economy, finance, tax and competition

The European Commission today adopted its long-term plan to give fresh impetus to the management of the Customs Union, a basic pillar of the European Union which supports and protects the Single Market.

Valdis Dombrovskis and Peter Kazimir © EU
06/12/2016 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Employment and social rights

The Council made further progress on preventing corporate tax avoidance, achieving a broad consensus on a draft directive. Ministers also adopted a directive granting access for tax authorities to information held by authorities responsible for the prevention of money laundering.  

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01/12/2016 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition

The European Commission has unveiled a series of measures to improve the Value Added Tax (VAT) environment for e-commerce businesses in the EU. Our proposals will allow consumers and companies, in particular start-ups and SMEs, to buy and sell goods and services more easily online. 

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29/11/2016 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition / Science and technology

The Council adopted conclusions on measures to support early stage researchers and raise the attractiveness of scientific careers. It also agreed on a general approach to ban unjustified geo-blocking within the internal market and assessed the progress made on the single market strategy one year after its launch.

Jyrki Katainen © EU
29/11/2016 - Economy, finance, tax and competition

Commission takes on board findings of three evaluations, in line with its proposal to reinforce and expand the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the core of the Investment Plan for Europe. 

Valdis Dombrovskis © EU
28/11/2016 - Economy, finance, tax and competition

The European Commission has today proposed new rules to ensure that systemic market infrastructures in the financial system, known as Central Counterparties (CCPs), can be dealt with effectively when things go wrong.

Valdis Dombrovskis © EU
23/11/2016 - Economy, finance, tax and competition

This proposal builds on existing EU banking rules and aims to complete the post-crisis regulatory agenda by making sure that the regulatory framework addresses any outstanding challenges to financial stability, while ensuring that banks can continue to support the real economy.

23/11/2016 - Economy, finance, tax and competition
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16/11/2016 - Economy, finance, tax and competition

The Council and European Parliament reached agreement on a 2017 EU budget. Total commitments were set at €157.88 billion and payments at €134.49 billion. 

Valdis Dombrovskis and Marianne Thyssen © EU
16/11/2016 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Institutional affairs

Commission sets EU's economic and social priorities for the year ahead, confirms the need to move towards a more positive fiscal stance for the euro area, and completes assessment of euro area Member States' Draft Budgetary Plans.

Pierre Moscovici © EU
09/11/2016 - Economy, finance, tax and competition

Economic growth in Europe is expected to continue at a moderate pace, as recent labour market gains and rising private consumption are being counterbalanced by a number of hindrances to growth and the weakening of supportive factors.

Valdis Dombrovskis and Peter Kazimir © EU
08/11/2016 - Economy, finance, tax and competition

The Council agreed on the criteria and the process for the establishment of an EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions in taxation matters. It also agreed on a proposal granting access for tax authorities to information held by authorities responsible for the prevention of money laundering. 

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26/10/2016 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Institutional affairs

Parliament demanded more funds, to help young people into jobs, boost economic growth and assist third countries with a view to mitigating the migration crisis, in a plenary vote. 

Pierre Moscovic © EU
25/10/2016 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition

The Commission has today announced plans to overhaul the way in which companies are taxed in the Single Market, delivering a growth-friendly and fair corporate tax system. 

Jyrki Katainen © EU
19/10/2016 - Business / Economy, finance, tax and competition

The Commission called upon Member States to support its efforts to provide the European Union with updated, strengthened and more robust trade defence instruments. 

17/10/2016 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Statistics
European Court of Auditors building © EU
13/10/2016 - Economy, finance, tax and competition / Institutional affairs / Justice and citizens rights

The European Court of Auditors gave the EU annual accounts a clean bill of health for the 9th year in a row. The Court found that, in particular in cohesion policy and agriculture, the overall estimated level of error for payments has further declined from 4.4% in 2014 to 3.8% in 2015.

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