Select Committee on European Union Fortieth Report


Letter from Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP, Paymaster General, HM Treasury to the Chairman

  On 28 September 2005[20], 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 MP

  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 dossier.

15 March 2006


20   Correspondence with Ministers, 45th Report of Session 2005-06, HL Paper 243. Back

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