How to build a more efficient taxation in the EU. Lessons from Poland

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Poland: 15 Years of EU Membership series. Tuesday, 19th February 2019, Window POLSKA, Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU (Brussel, Belgium).

One important aspect of a responsible long term development concerns the extent to which taxes are collected in an efficient and fair manner. This is particularly important for the Value Added Tax (VAT), which constitutes a large part of government revenues and which has been harmonised by EU rules, both in terms of the base and the rates. A key indicator for tax efficiency is the so-called VAT gap, which measures the percentage difference between the revenues collected and the revenues one would expect given the official tax rates and economy-wide consumption. This gap various enormously across Member States (ranging from more than 30% to 1%). Poland’s experience is showing that strengthening the overall effectiveness of the government machinery in all its aspects might thus be as important as concentrating on specific aspects of enforcing compliance with VAT rules.

Registration required.


12.00 – 1.00 pm Light lunch

1.00 pm – 1.05 pm Welcome by Andrzej Sadoś, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Poland to the EU

1.05 pm – 2.30 pm Discussion with:

  • Adam Bielan, Deputy Speaker of the Polish Senate
  • Filip Świtała, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Finance
  • Maria Teresa Fábregas, Director for Indirect Taxation and Tax Administration, DG TAXUD, European Commission
  • Piotr Arak, Director, Polish Economic Institute


Moderation: Jim Brunsden, Financial Times


Date and Time

Tue, February 19, 2019

12:00 PM – 2:30 PM CET



16 Kortenberglaan

1000 Brussel


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