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European Parliament Plenary Session December II 2019

Parliament’s calendar has been a little unusual this year – with European elections and the delayed installation of the new European Commission. Continue reading

How the EU budget is spent: Fight against fraud: Pericles 2020, Hercule III and AFIS

Member States share an obligation with the EU to protect the Union’s financial interests and to counter fraud, corruption and any other illegal activities affecting them under Article 325 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), on which the EU anti-fraud programme is based. Continue reading

EU anti-fraud programme 2021-2027 [EU Legislation in Progress]

proposal for a regulation establishing an EU anti-fraud programme under the new 2021 to 2027 multiannual financial framework (MFF). Continue reading

Stronger administrative cooperation in the VAT field [EU Legislation in Progress]

Value added tax (VAT) is an important source of revenue for both national governments and the European budget and, from an economic point of view, a very efficient consumption tax. However, the rules governing intra-Community trade are 25 years old and the current common EU VAT system is vulnerable to fraud. Continue reading

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing

The IUU Regulation (1005/2008) is the core of EU’s legal framework for action against global IUU fishing. Its primary objective is to prevent, deter and eliminate the trade of IUU-caught products into the EU. One of its key components is a multiple-step procedure for dealing with non-EU countries considered uncooperative in the fight against IUU fishing. Continue reading

Value added tax: Administrative cooperation and combating fraud [EU Legislation in Progress]

This proposal is part of a package of EU legislation that aims to modernise the VAT regime for cross-border B2C e-commerce. This proposed regulation provides the basis for the underlying IT infrastructure and the necessary cooperation by Member States to ensure the success of the extension of the Mini-One-Stop-Shop (MOSS). Continue reading

EU approach to cyber-security

Fighting cross-border crime affecting information and communications networks (cybercrime) is a priority in the EU’s internal security strategy. To counter so-called cyber-attacks in a borderless space, the European Union and the Council of Europe have drawn up common strategies, operational measures and legislation. Crimes beyond national borders National security issues The internet has opened up … Continue reading

Lutte de l’UE contre la fraude et l’évasion fiscales

La fraude et l’évasion fiscales pèsent sur les budgets et les contribuables de l’Union européenne (UE) car, en permettant à certains de ne pas payer ou de moins payer d’impôts, elles privent les budgets de recettes fiscales. Pour réintégrer les recettes fiscales non perçues, la lutte contre la fraude et l’évasion fiscales doit être coordonnée, … Continue reading

Fighting food fraud

The horsemeat scandal, which hit the EU at the beginning of 2013, put the European food sector under the spotlight. Tests carried out in the wake of the crisis revealed that public health was not at risk and that this was a case of food fraud rather than food safety. However, the episode dented consumer … Continue reading

Hercule III: protecting the EU’s financial interests

Through its Hercule programme, the EU supports projects to improve prevention, detection and investigation of offences against its financial interests. Examples include specialised training, studies and purchase of technical tools. Further to an agreement in trilogue, a new phase of the programme should run from 2014 to 2020, with a total budget of €105 million. … Continue reading

Attacks against information systems

To fight cross-border crimes affecting information and communications networks (cybercrime) is a priority for the EU internal security strategy. To counter so-called cyber-attacks in a borderless space, both the Council of Europe and the EU have drawn up common strategies, operational measures and legislation. Crimes beyond national borders The internet, while opening up information flows, … Continue reading

A FATCA for the EU? Data protection aspects of automatic exchange of bank information

The revelation of scandals involving offshore accounts, as well as the economic crisis, has created a new momentum in the fight against tax evasion. The EU has already put in place instruments for the exchange of bank information such as the Savings Directive, albeit with Luxembourg and Austria opting instead for an anonymous withholding tax … Continue reading

Lutte contre la fraude et l’évasion fiscales

6 versions linguistiques disponibles en format PDF Bekämpfung von Steuerbetrug und Steuerflucht Fighting tax fraud and tax evasion Lucha contra el fraude y la evasión fiscal Lotta alla frode e all’evasione fiscali Zwalczanie oszustw podatkowych i uchylania się od opodatkowania Lutte contre la fraude et l’évasion fiscales La lutte contre la fraude et l’évasion fiscales … Continue reading

Protecting the financial interests of the Union. The role of administrative investigations

The European Anti-fraud Office (OLAF) is the EU body responsible for administrative investigations to fight illegal activities detrimental to the EU’s financial interests. Since its creation in 1999, OLAF has completed 3 500 investigations, which have led to the recovery of EU resources worth €1.1 billion (excluding financial penalties). A proposal to reform OLAF is currently … Continue reading

Fighting organised crime: our products that support the EP’s work

For our part, we have produced a set of library products aiming to support the work of the Committee and will continue to do so. Now, in order to provide a comprehensive and complete overview of the topic, we present them all here. If you need a short, but in-depth analysis we suggest you look … Continue reading

Libor manipulation and its consequences

The interest rates produced daily through the Libor process are used as references in contracts for up to an estimated US$800 trillion in financial instruments (such as loans and derivative contracts). However, it has recently been established that Libor has been manipulated by Barclays Bank over a number of years. Erroneous interest rate submissions – … Continue reading

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