21 Mar 2017
ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL 21 MARCHBrussels Daily
Agenda Economic and Financial Affairs Council, 21/03/2017
The meeting will be held in Brussels and will start at 10.00. Ministers will meet for breakfast at 9.00 to discuss the economic situation.
Reduced value-added tax rate for electronic publications
The Council will debate a proposal to amend the EU VAT directive in order to allow electronic publications, such as electronic books, newspapers and periodicals, to benefit from reduced VAT rates, along the same lines as physical publications.
VAT reverse charge mechanism
The Council will debate a proposal for a VAT reverse charge mechanism which aims to contribute to the prevention of VAT fraud. According to the proposal, the member states would be able to temporarily apply, if they so wish, a VAT reverse charge mechanism to domestic supplies of goods and services above a threshold of €10 000.
The reverse charge mechanism involves shifting the liability for VAT payment from the supplier to the customer and therefore derogates from one of the general principles of the EU’s current VAT system.
The Council will discuss the country reports, which present an analysis of each member state’s economic situation, the necessary structural reforms and progress achieved in implementing the recommendations made by the Council in 2016. Reports on 13 countries also contain the results of in-depth reviews of macroeconomic imbalances.
The Commission issued the country reports on 22 February 2017.
The Council will adopt, without discussion, a recommendation on the economic policies of the euro area for 2017.
G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors
The Council will discuss the outcomes of a G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors which takes place in Baden-Baden (Germany) on 17 and 18 March 2017.
The agenda for the meeting includes the global economy, a compact with Africa, international financial institutions, taxation and financial regulation.
The 2017 G20 summit under the German presidency will be held in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July.
The Council presidency will inform ministers about current legislative proposals on financial services, and the European Commission will brief them on the implementation of financial services legislation and on the defence action plan, with a particular focus on the European defence fund