European Commission at Brussels Tax Forum 2013 – VAT related issues

In the opinion of Donato Raponi, the representative of the European Commission at Brussels Tax Forum 2013, issues related to VAT are among the priorities of the EU Commission. Especially the reduction of the administrative costs, including those related to the VAT compliance. As we all know the obligations related to VAT are different across the EU.


Main goal of the European Commission is the maximum standardization in all European countries. In the first place, the Commission proposed Standard VAT returns


Subsequently the next step is the standardization of invoicing. These proposals aim to improve the functioning of the common EU market and to eliminate distortions of the competition. Also the proposals are a reaction to changes in the functioning of enterprises that have occurred in the recent years, especially those related to the new technologies.