15 Sep 2016
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 15 SEPTEMBERBrussels Daily
EUROSTAT publication – Regional yearbook 2016: my region in figures
Is life expectancy in my region higher than in other regions in the European Union (EU)? Is my region richer than others? Does it have fewer road accidents? Does it have many households with broadband internet connection? The answers to these questions and many more are found in the 2016 edition of the regional yearbook, published each year by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. The regional yearbook provides an overview of the wide range of regional statistics available for the 276 NUTS level 2 regions and, for some indicators, the 1 342 NUTS level 3 regions of the 28 Member States of the EU as well as, when available, the regions in EFTA and candidate countries. Full text available on EUROSTAT website
EUROSTAT: July 2016 – Euro area international trade in goods surplus €25.3 bn – €3.8 bn surplus for EU28
The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in July 2016 was €167.2 billion, a decrease of 10% compared with July 2015 (€185.4 bn). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €142.0 bn, a fall of 8% compared with July 2015 (€154.4 bn). As a result, the euro area recorded a €25.3 bn surplus in trade in goods with the rest of the world in July 2016, compared with +€31.1 bn in July 2015. Intra-euro area trade fell to €137.3 bn in July 2016, down by 7% compared with July 2015. Full text available on EUROSTAT website
Fair Taxation: Commission launches work to create first common EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions
The European Commission is forging ahead with work to draw up a first common EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions by presenting a pre-assessment (‘scoreboard of indicators’) of all third countries according to key indicators. It is now for EU Member States to choose which countries should be screened more fully over the next months so as to accurately pinpoint the countries which do not play by the rules when it comes to taxation. Pierre Moscovici, Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs said: “The EU takes its international tax good governance commitments seriously. It is reasonable for us to expect the same from our international partners. We want to have fair and open discussions with our partners on tax issues that concern us all in the global community. The EU list will be our tool to deal with third countries that refuse to play fair.” In January 2016, the Commission launched a three-step process for establishing the common EU listas part of its broader agenda to curb tax evasion and avoidance. A common EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions will carry much more weight than the current patchwork of national lists when dealing with non-EU countries that refuse to comply with international tax good governance standards. An EU list will also prevent aggressive tax planners from abusing mismatches between the different national systems. The aim is to publish the definitive list of non-cooperative jurisdictions by the end of 2017. A press release and MEMO are available, while the scoreboard of indicators is published in full here.