E-Commerce, Newsroom, VAT | 6. January 2023

Sweden takes over EU Council Presidency

Sweden, which will hold the EU Presidency from 1 January to 30 June 2023, presented its work programme on Wednesday, 14 December. by

“Sweden is taking over the Presidency at a time when the European Union is facing unprecedented challenges. A greener, more secure and freer Europe is the foundation of our priorities”, says Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson.

In direct taxation, the programme says that priority will be given to measures to prevent tax evasion, tax avoidance, aggressive tax planning, and harmful tax competition, such as updating the EU list of non-cooperative countries.

The Presidency will also work for greater tax transparency and exchange of relevant information within the EU, especially in work on DAC8. Sweden pledges to continue discussions in the Council on the Energy Taxation Directive, start work on the “VAT in the Digital Age” package, and advance negotiations on the AML (Anti Money Laundering) package.

The four priorities of the Swedish Presidency:

  • Safety – Unity
  • Resilience – Competitiveness
  • Prosperity – Green Change and Energy Transition
  • Democratic values and the rule of law – our foundation
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