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    It is time for Europe to solve the issue of dual quality of products

    2018-05-31T13:18:00Z

    Olga Sehnalová MEP gives her persective on past developments and the future work that needs to be done to protect consumers from the problem dual quality of food products across the European Union.

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    CCBE comments on the proposed Directive regarding collective redress

    2018-05-31T08:05:00Z

    On 18 May, the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) issued a set of preliminary comments on the recently published proposal from the Commission for a Directive on representative actions for the protection of the collective interests of consumers.

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    Brexit: options for a future UK-EU dispute settlement mechanism

    2018-05-02T09:13:00Z

    The Law Society of England and Wales has published a paper which outlines its views on the building blocks necessary for having a fair, transparent and accessible mechanism for the resolution of disputes between the EU and the UK after the UK leaves the EU.

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    Letters to a (list of) small island (s)

    2018-04-30T14:25:00Z

    The catalyst for the creation of the black list was the visibility of ‘tax havens’ and offshore schemes created by the Panama Papers scandal, investigated by the European Parliament enquiry committee . However, the acceleration of agreement between the European Parliament and Commission leading to the publication of the ...

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    Council of the EU reaches agreement on tax intermediaries

    2018-04-30T13:49:00Z

    On 13 March, the EU Council reached agreement on a proposal aimed at boosting transparency in order to tackle aggressive cross-border tax planning. The proposal would require intermediaries such as tax advisors, accountants and lawyers that design and/or promote tax planning schemes to report schemes that are considered potentially aggressive. ...

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    Taxation, taxation, taxation – the status quo and future developments affecting junior lawyers

    2018-04-30T13:47:00Z

    In advance of the UK formally leaving the EU on 29 March 2019, UK Parliament has drafted the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (the “Bill”). This will enable the UK government to establish its own standalone customs regime and to ensure that VAT, along with excise legislation, can operate effectively in ...

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    Taxation, taxation, taxation – the status quo and future developments affecting junior lawyers by Isaac Eloi

    2018-04-30T11:43:00Z

    In advance of the UK formally leaving the EU on 29 March 2019, UK Parliament has drafted the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (the “Bill”). This will enable the UK government to establish its own standalone customs regime and to ensure that VAT, along with excise legislation, can operate effectively in ...

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    Commissioner Moscovici and the EU’s fight against tax evasion/avoidance: the digital tax and the CCCTB

    2018-04-30T11:36:00Z

    The subject of fair taxation has dominated the political agenda in Europe since 2014, with the EU Commission taking high profile legislative and enforcement action in the area in the intervening years. Although a select number of competition and state aid decisions (for example that of Apple) dominated global headlines, ...

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    Parliament votes on the proposal for a Council Directive on exchange of information in the field of taxation

    2018-04-30T11:33:00Z

    The directive was adopted by the European Parliament in March 2018, however, the Parliament’s vote on the proposed amendments may only have a limited impact on the final text to be adopted by the Member States, as the Council (Member States) is not bound by these recommendations. 

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    Proposal for a Council directive on a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB) and a Common Corporate Tax Base (CCTB)

    2018-04-30T11:27:00Z

    The objective of this re-launched project is to strengthen the internal market by making it easier and cheaper for companies to operate cross-border in the EU, increase the transparency of corporate taxation and counter corporate aggressive tax planning. The proposals follow a European Parliament resolution on tax rulings and ...

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    Council of the EU - Corporate tax avoidance: Agreement reached on tax intermediaries

    2018-04-30T11:25:00Z

    On 13 March, the EU Council reached agreement on a proposal aimed at boosting transparency in order to tackle aggressive cross-border tax planning. The proposal would require intermediaries such as tax advisors, accountants and lawyers that design and/or promote tax planning schemes to report schemes that are considered ...

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    The Introduction of the TAXE3 Committee by Molly Scott Cato

    2018-04-30T11:21:00Z

    The TAXE3 committee has been set up to investigate financial crimes, tax evasion and tax avoidance in the wake of Luxleaks, the Panama Papers and the Paradise papers. It is the fourth such committee and demonstrates the European Parliament’s determination to act against financial malfeasance by the rich ...

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    European Commission cracks down on UK tax rules

    2018-04-30T09:20:00Z

    The UK’s tax rules in relation to controlled foreign companies ( CFC s) have suffered a set-back following the European Commission’s recent preliminary decision that certain parts of the rules amount to unlawful state aid.

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    Don’t let Brexit jeopardise UK’s valuable services sector

    2018-03-29T08:21:00Z

    Professional services accounted for approximately 7.8% of UK GDP in 2016 – the latest figures – yet the EU trade deal with Canada (The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement ( CETA )), widely touted as the model for the UK post Brexit, does not provide a comprehensive framework for them. ...

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    Trainee Solicitors and EU Law

    2018-03-28T20:31:00Z

    For some UK-based trainee solicitors, EU law remains a distant memory of a module from law school. For others it is a thriving and diverse seat option, which offers tangible examples of competition law and something a bit different to everyday legal work. Trainees currently entering the market are arriving ...

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    Negotiating professional services in trade agreements

    2018-03-28T20:23:00Z

    Deanna Easton of the Permanent Mission of Australia to the UN and WTO discusses the fine detail of negotiating professional services in trade negotiations. Professional services is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing export sectors. Through trade negotiations, Australia seeks to improve conditions for professional service providers to ...

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    The Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement between New Zealand and Australia

    2018-03-28T20:23:00Z

    Tracey Epps, senior adviser in the Trade Law Unit in the New Zealand’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs outlines the key characteristics of the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Agreement (TTMRA). The TTMRA was signed in 1996 between the Government of New Zealand and the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments within Australia. The ...

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    Who is in v who is out? And what are their rights?

    2018-03-05T12:02:00Z

    Free movement of people - alongside free movement of goods, services and capital - is one of the four founding principles of the European Union. It gives all citizens of EU countries the right to travel, live and work wherever they wish within the EU. In certain circumstances individuals have ...

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    Brexit negotiations update

    2018-03-05T12:00:00Z

    On 15 December 2017, the European Council found that ‘sufficient progress’ had been made in the Brexit negotiations such that talks could progress to second phase in the new year. On 20 December 2017 the European Commission published a first draft of the EU’s negotiating directives for the next phase. ...

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    Analysis of the EU-UK Citizens’ Rights Agreement

    2018-03-05T11:58:00Z

    On 8 December 2017, a report was published jointly by the UK and EU negotiators. The report records the progress made during the first phase of negotiations under Article 50 TEU, including agreements reached on protecting the rights of EU and UK citizens, to be included in the final ...