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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2019
Answer given by Mr Moscovici on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002722/2019

The Commission concurs with the view that a reform of the EU Value Added Tax (VAT) system is long overdue. The Commission has taken its responsibility by proposing in 2017(1) and 2018(2) an ambitious reform of that system. The main objective of these proposals is to make the EU VAT system more robust and fraud-proof, and eliminating features of the system which can be exploited by fraudsters. These proposals are under negotiation in the Council.

Moreover, the proposal on enhanced administrative cooperation in the field of VAT(3) that was adopted(4) by the Council on 2 October 2018 aims at improving the detection of fraudsters in cross border transactions by providing new analysis tools and information to tax authorities.

The fight against tax fraud will remain a priority for the new Commission, as stressed by the Commission President-elect von der Leyen in her political guidelines.

(1)COM(2017) 569 final.
(2)COM(2018) 329 final.
(4)Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1541 of 2 October 2018 amending Regulations (EU) No 904/2010 and (EU) 2017/2454 as regards measures to strenghten administrative cooperation in the field of value added tax.

Last updated: 7 November 2019Legal notice