The Confédération Fiscale Européenne (CFE) today welcomed László Kovács, European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, to London to a meeting to discuss the European Commission's Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB) project and tax competition between EU member states. These constitute some of the most keenly debated EU policy areas. Paul Morton, CFE President, said: “I am delighted that we are having this dialogue with Commissioner Kovács on topics that have a major impact on the European tax arena. Potential tax simplification across the EU is an important step in ensuring that we remain competitive in a global market.”
Commissioner Kovács’ main priority is to continue an EU approach to tax policy linked to the wider objectives of the Lisbon Agenda, which aims to enhance the competitiveness of the European economy in a globalised market.
The CFE meeting is part of a series of events hosted by CFE member bodies the ICAEW Tax Faculty and the CIOT. John Cullinane, CIOT President, said: “The meeting with Commissioner Kovács and other CFE events have highlighted the importance of a European perspective in tackling issues like compliance cost and competitiveness generally.”
Francesca Lagerberg, Chair of the ICAEW Tax Faculty, added: “As well as having practical input into Commissioner Kovács’ deliberations, this meeting is further indication of the CFE actively engaging with key opinion formers.”
The meeting with Commissioner Kovács was held at Chartered Accountants’ Hall.
Commissioner Kovács will also attend a dinner at the House of Commons where he will give an address on the Common Consolidate Corporate Tax Base. Commissioner Kovács’ visit follows a CFE conference Creating a competitive corporate tax environment for Europe, which was sponsored by CCH, part of Wolters Kluwer.
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1. The Confédération Fiscale Européenne (CFE) is the umbrella body for 150,000 tax advisers in Europe.
2. CFE - www.cfe-eutax.org
CCH – www.cch.co.uk