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7 January 2021

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Programme for the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Portugal has published its Programme for the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which runs from 1 January to 30 June 2021. Among other things, the programme includes support for public CbC reporting, noting that the Presidency will seek to create the conditions for reaching a political agreement on the revision of the rules on disclosure of information concerning tax on revenues for certain companies and branches.

Other tax-related areas covered in the programme include that the Presidency will address the challenges of European taxation, including the model for taxation of the digital economy, under the principles of fairness and tax efficiency. The aim is to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of taxation in a context of healthy competition, the strengthening of good governance mechanisms and global tax transparency, and to step up the fight against tax fraud, evasion and avoidance through non-cooperative jurisdictions. It also provided that, as regards green taxation, and in line with the Paris Agreement, tax policy should be aligned with the objective of decarbonisation, facilitating the transition to a competitive and carbon-neutral economy and boosting sustainable growth, the circular economy and the blue (ocean) economy, as well as innovation and security of energy supply.

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