Digital services tax

Vicky Cann made this Informationsfreiheit request to Generaldirektion Steuern und Zollunion as part of a batch sent to 7 authorities

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Dear Taxation and Customs Union,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I would like to request a list of all lobby meetings (including phone calls, conference calls etc) since 1 January 2019 where the EU’s Digital Services Tax proposal, or the OECD’s negotiations on a similar tax, were discussed. The list should include the names of the individuals and organisations participating; the date; the agenda; and any minutes / notes produced. I would additionally like to receive any emails or other correspondence related to proposals for a Digital Services Tax received or sent since 1 January 2019.

Please provide all responses electronically via this site.

Yours faithfully,

Vicky Cann
CEO
Rue d'Edimbourg 26
1050 Brx

Generaldirektion Steuern und Zollunion

Dear Madam,

Thank you for your e-mail of 2 July 2020. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 2 July 2020 under reference number GESTDEM 2020/4014.

In accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents, your application will be handled within 15 working days. The time limit will expire on 24 July 2020. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

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Yours faithfully,

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Generaldirektion Steuern und Zollunion

Dear Madam,

We refer to your request dated 02/07/2020 in which you make a request for access to documents, registered on 02/07/2020 under the above mentioned reference number.

Your application is currently being handled. However, we will not be in a position to complete the handling of your application which expires on 24/07/2020.

An extended time limit for more in-depth investigations is needed in order to complete our assessment on the possibility for the public disclosure of the documents requested.

Therefore, we have to extend the time limit in accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to documents. We will do our utmost to provide you with a reply by 14/08/2020.

Please be informed that the Commission has taken precautionary measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus and reduce the risk of infection of our staff, while ensuring business continuity. Since 16 March, all colleagues in non-critical functions are teleworking. This may have an effect on the physical search of documents and internal/external consultations. As a consequence, the procedure to handle your applications may take longer than foreseen.

We apologize for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.

Yours faithfully,

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Generaldirektion Steuern und Zollunion

Dear Ms Cann,

We refer to your e-mail of 2 July 2020 in which you make a request for access to documents, registered on the same date under the above mentioned reference number.

Be informed that we are working on your request to establish a list of lobby meetings and provide you with the agenda/minutes and correspondence linked to the lobby meetings held on the subject of digital service tax (DST). Nevertheless, it is not clear from your request whether you are requesting only data of the lobby meetings of the Commissioner, his Cabinet and the Director-General of DG TAXUD or also the lobby meetings with DG TAXUD staff ? The DST is a subject that is spread over a number of units, and consulting all these staff regarding their (possible) meetings would create an additional workload (please bear in mind the current Corona situation).

Therefore we would like to suggest to limit the request to the list of the lobby meetings of the (former) Commissioner, his Cabinet and the Director-General of DG TAXUD since 1 January 2019.

Please, could you let us know whether this suggestion would be acceptable for you.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Yours faithfully,

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Dear Taxation and Customs Union,

Thank you for your proposal dated 30 July. However, I was hoping to receive information about TAXUD officials as well as the Commissioners and Cabinets. Thank you in advance.

Yours faithfully,

Vicky Cann

Generaldirektion Steuern und Zollunion

Dear Madam,

We refer to your request dated 02/07/2020 in which you make a request for access to documents, registered on 02/07/2020 under the above mentioned reference number.

Your application is currently being handled. However, we will not be in a position to complete the handling of your application which expired on 14/08/2020.

An extended time limit for more in-depth investigations and consultations with third parties is needed in order to complete our assessment on the possibility for the public disclosure of the documents requested.

Therefore, we have to extend the time limit in accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to documents. We will do our utmost to provide you with a reply by 04/09/2020.

Please be informed that the Commission has taken precautionary measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus and reduce the risk of infection of our staff, while ensuring business continuity. Since 16 March, all colleagues in non-critical functions are teleworking. This may have an effect on the physical search of documents and internal/external consultations. As a consequence, the procedure to handle your applications may take longer than foreseen.

We apologize for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.

Yours faithfully,

TAXUD ACCESS TO DOCUMENTS

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Generaldirektion Steuern und Zollunion

Dear Madam,

We refer to your request dated 02/07/2020 in which you make a request for access to documents, registered on 02/07/2020 under the above mentioned reference number.

Your application is currently being handled. However, we will not be in a position to complete the handling of your application which expired on 04/09/2020.

An extended time limit for more in-depth investigations and consultations with third parties is needed in order to complete our assessment on the possibility for the public disclosure of the documents requested.

Therefore, we have to extend the time limit in accordance with Article 7(3) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 regarding public access to documents. We will do our utmost to provide you with a reply by 15/09/2020.

Please be informed that the Commission has taken precautionary measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus and reduce the risk of infection of our staff, while ensuring business continuity. Since 16 March, all colleagues in non-critical functions are teleworking. This may have an effect on the physical search of documents and internal/external consultations. As a consequence, the procedure to handle your applications may take longer than foreseen.

We apologize for this delay and for any inconvenience this may cause.

Yours faithfully,

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Generaldirektion Steuern und Zollunion

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Dear Madam,

We thank you for your request.

Please find herewith our reply.

According to standard operational procedure, the reply is usually also sent to you by registered post. Please note, however, that due to the extraordinary health and security measures currently in force during to the COVID-19 epidemics, which include the requirement for all Commission non-critical staff to telework, we are unfortunately not in a position to follow this procedure until further notice.

We would therefore appreciate if you could confirm receipt of the present e-mail by replying to [DG TAXUD request email].

Best regards,

DG TAXUD
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Dear Taxation and Customs Union,

I can confirm receipt of the response to Gestdem 2020/4014 on 16 September. Thank you very much.

Yours faithfully,

Vicky Cann