VAT SIMPLIFICATION (14248/04)
Letter from Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP,
Paymaster General, HM Treasury to the Chairman
On 28 September 2005,
I updated you on progress on a package of VAT simplification measures
designed to ease the burden of VAT compliance, primarily for businesses
involved in cross-border trade (Explanatory Memorandum 14248/04).
There had been some initial discussions on this dossier under
the Dutch Presidency, but none under the Luxembourg Presidency.
The work resumed under the UK Presidency, though
as I indicated in September, this is an ambitious and comprehensive
package which will take up considerable discussion time. Indeed,
this has already proved to be the case. The UK Presidency scheduled
a number of Working Group meetings on the package of measures
during its term, both to bring Member States to a common understanding
of what is being proposed and to begin work on the technical detail.
Although good progress has been made, more remains to be done.
The Austrian Presidency has indicated that it
will continue to prioritise the work during the first half of
2006 and has already held its first meeting on the dossier, which
took place on 11 and 12 January 2006.
I hope you find this information helpful.
9 February 2006
Letter from the Chairman to Dawn Primarolo
On EM 14248/04, the Sub-Committee have noted
the favourable response given by businesses during the consultation
process and have therefore decided to lift the scrutiny reserve.
However, we would like to be kept updated on the progress of this
15 March 2006
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