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European Securities and Markets Authority 07 August 2015, 00:06 CET
ESMA's mission is to enhance the protection of investors and reinforce stable and well functioning financial markets in the European Union. ESMA, as an independent EU Authority, achieves this mission by building a single rule book for EU financial markets and ensuring its consistent application and supervision across the EU. ESMA contributes to the supervision of financial services firms with a pan-European reach, either through direct supervision or through the active co-ordination of national supervisory activity.

European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) 03 July 2015, 15:09 CET
The European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) was created as a temporary crisis resolution mechanism by the euro area Member States in June 2010. The EFSF has provided financial assistance to Ireland, Portugal and Greece. The assistance was financed by the EFSF through the issuance of bonds and other debt instruments on capital markets. A permanent rescue mechanism, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) started its operations on 8 October 2012. The ESM is currently the sole mechanism for responding to new requests for financial assistance by euro area Member States. It has provided loans to Spain and Cyprus. The EFSF will not provide financial assistance to any further countries. The final ongoing EFSF assistance programme (for Greece) expired on 30 June 2015. However, even after this date, the EFSF will continue to operate in order to: - receive loan repayments from beneficiary countries; - make interest and principal payments to holders of EFSF bonds; - roll over outstanding EFSF bonds, as the maturity of loans provided to Ireland, Portugal and Greece is longer than the maturity of bonds issued by the EFSF. The mission of both the EFSF and ESM is to safeguard financial stability in Europe by providing financial assistance to countries of the euro area. The two institutions share the same staff and offices located in Luxembourg.

Draft Calendar - Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union 02 July 2015, 16:13 CET
Provisional agendas for Council meetings during the second semester of 2015 (Luxembourg Presidency). The agenda includes meetings and activities to be held in Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg and Athens. This is a draft programme subject to changes.

EU Presidency 01 July 2015, 17:00 CET
The Presidency of the Council of the European Union is responsible for the functioning of the Council of the European Union, the upper house of the EU legislature. It rotates among the EU Member States every six months. The presidency is not an individual, but the position is held by a national government. The presidency's function is to chair meetings of the Council, determine its agendas, set a work programme and facilitate dialogue both at Council meetings and with other EU institutions. The current presidency (as of July 2015) is held by Luxembourg. Three successive presidencies, known as presidency trios, the current trio (2014–15) is made up of Italy, Latvia (Jan-Jun 2015) and Luxembourg (incumbent, Jul-Dec 2015).

Doing Business in Greece 30 June 2015, 23:57 CET
From the World Bank Group - The first section presents the Ease of Doing Business rank (out of 189 economies) and the distance to frontier (DTF) measure, overall and by topic. The second section summarises the key indicators for each topic benchmarked against regional averages.

List of airlines banned within the EU 25 June 2015, 12:35 CET
Europe has one of the best aviation safety records in the world thanks to the effective implementation of high standards. Working in close cooperation with safety authorities in Member States, other countries and international aviation organisations, the European Union strives to raise these standards across the world. However, some airlines still operate in conditions which fall below essential and internationally recognised safety levels. To improve safety further, the European Commission – in close consultation with the aviation safety authorities of all Member States – has decided to ban certain airlines from operating in European airspace, because they are found to be unsafe and/or they are not sufficiently overseen by their authorities. To consult the list of banned airlines, you can download the document below (full list) or search on this site by clicking on the button 'Search banned airlines'.

EC website on non-cooperative tax jurisdictions 18 June 2015, 23:30 CET
A number of EU Member States assess how countries and territories around the world apply standards of tax good governance (transparency, exchange of information, and fair tax competition). The criteria (partly common and partly their own) used by the relevant EU countries in their assessment are listed on this website. A map shows the results based on Member States lists in December 2014. The Commission says it will amend this list at least once a year to reflect changes to Member States' national lists.

Denmark International Taxation & Investment guide (Deloitte) 18 June 2015, 13:55 CET
The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework – in the countries covered in the Deloitte International Tax Source. In addition to the Denmark Highlights and Taxation and Investment Guide, above, country links open the door to the Deloitte International Tax Source and a wide range of materials and information on the tax consequences of doing business across borders.

Taxation and Investment in Belgium (Deloitte) 18 June 2015, 13:55 CET
The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework – in the countries covered in the Deloitte International Tax Source. In addition to the Belgium Highlights and Taxation and Investment Guide, above, country links open the door to the Deloitte International Tax Source and a wide range of materials and information on the tax consequences of doing business across borders.

International Tax Guide Montenegro (Deloitte) 18 June 2015, 13:54 CET
The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework – in the countries covered in the Deloitte International Tax Source. In addition to the Montenegro Highlights and Taxation and Investment Guide, above, country links open the door to the Deloitte International Tax Source and a wide range of materials and information on the tax consequences of doing business across borders.

International Tax and Business Guide Slovenia (Deloitte) 18 June 2015, 13:54 CET
The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework – in the countries covered in the Deloitte International Tax Source. In addition to the Slovenia Highlights and Taxation and Investment Guide, above, country links open the door to the Deloitte International Tax Source and a wide range of materials and information on the tax consequences of doing business across borders.

International Tax and Business Guide Italy (Deloitte) 18 June 2015, 13:54 CET
The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework – in the countries covered in the Deloitte International Tax Source. In addition to the Italy Highlights and Taxation and Investment Guide, above, country links open the door to the Deloitte International Tax Source and a wide range of materials and information on the tax consequences of doing business across borders.

International Tax Guide Romania (Deloitte) 18 June 2015, 13:54 CET
The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework – in the countries covered in the Deloitte International Tax Source. In addition to the Romania Highlights and Taxation and Investment Guide, above, country links open the door to the Deloitte International Tax Source and a wide range of materials and information on the tax consequences of doing business across borders.

Taxation and Investment in Austria (Deloitte) 18 June 2015, 13:54 CET
The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework – in the countries covered in the Deloitte International Tax Source. In addition to the Austria Highlights and Taxation and Investment Guide, above, the following links open the door to the Deloitte International Tax Source and a wide range of materials and information on the tax consequences of doing business across borders.

United Kingdom Taxation and Investment Guide (Deloitte) 18 June 2015, 13:53 CET
The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework – in the countries covered in the Deloitte International Tax Source. In addition to the United Kingdom Highlights and Taxation and Investment Guide, above, country links open the door to the Deloitte International Tax Source and a wide range of materials and information on the tax consequences of doing business across borders.

International Taxation & Investment Guide: Czech Republic(Deloitte) 18 June 2015, 13:53 CET
The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework – in the countries covered in the Deloitte International Tax Source. In addition to the Czech Republic Highlights and Taxation and Investment Guide, links open the door to the Deloitte International Tax Source and a wide range of materials and information on the tax consequences of doing business across borders.

Cyprus Tax Facts (Deloitte) 18 June 2015, 13:53 CET
This year’s edition of Cyprus Tax Facts 2013 is completely revised and updated, including the latest legislative amendments enacted by Parliament in December 2012. The pages of this guide provide a depository of tax data, facts and figures relevant to the day to day tax obligations of taxpayers as well as a useful reference in tax planning.

International Tax Guide Serbia (Deloitte) 18 June 2015, 13:52 CET
Country Business guide from Deloitte featuring information on Taxation in Serbia.

International Tax Guide Ukraine (Deloitte) 18 June 2015, 13:51 CET
The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework – in the countries covered in the Deloitte International Tax Source. In addition to the Ukraine Highlights and Taxation and Investment Guide, above, country links open the door to the Deloitte International Tax Source and a wide range of materials and information on the tax consequences of doing business across borders.

Taxation and Investment in UK (Deloitte) 18 June 2015, 13:51 CET
In addition to the United Kingdom Highlights and Taxation and Investment Guide, the page links open the door to the Deloitte International Tax Source and a wide range of materials and information on the tax consequences of doing business across borders. Country Business guide from Deloitte featuring information on the Investment Climate, Labour Relations and Work Force, Business Regulations, Foreign Investment, Choice of Business Entity and Corporate Taxation in the United Kingdom.

International Tax Guide Bosnia and Herzegovina (Deloitte) 18 June 2015, 13:51 CET
Business guide from Deloitte featuring information on Taxation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Taxation and Investment in Netherlands (Deloitte) 18 June 2015, 13:51 CET
The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework – in the countries covered in the Deloitte International Tax Source. In addition to the Netherlands Highlights and Taxation and Investment Guide, links open the door to the Deloitte International Tax Source and a wide range of materials and information on the tax consequences of doing business across borders. Country Business guide from Deloitte featuring information on the Investment Climate, Labour Relations and Work Force, Business Regulations, Foreign Investment, Choice of Business Entity and Corporate Taxation in the Netherlands.

Bulgarian Tax guide (Deloitte) 18 June 2015, 13:51 CET
The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework – in the countries covered in the Deloitte International Tax Source. In addition to the Bulgaria Highlights and Taxation and Investment Guide, above, country links open the door to the Deloitte International Tax Source and a wide range of materials and information on the tax consequences of doing business across borders.

International Tax Guide Slovakia (Deloitte) 18 June 2015, 13:50 CET
The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework – in the countries covered in the Deloitte International Tax Source. In addition to the Slovakia Highlights and Taxation and Investment Guide, above, country links open the door to the Deloitte International Tax Source and a wide range of materials and information on the tax consequences of doing business across borders.

International Tax Guide - Russia (Deloitte) 18 June 2015, 13:50 CET
The Taxation and Investment Guides are a first stop for investors wishing to gain a working perspective on the operating conditions and investment climate – including the legal, accounting and taxation framework – in the countries covered in the Deloitte International Tax Source. In addition to the Russia Highlights and Taxation and Investment Guide, above, country links open the door to the Deloitte International Tax Source and a wide range of materials and information on the tax consequences of doing business across borders.