Communications between members countries governments about VAT reduction for masks

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Taxation and Customs Union should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Taxation and Customs Union,

Solicito una copia de todas y cada una de las comunicaciones que el Gobierno de cada estado haya mandado preguntando si se podía reducir el IVA de las mascarillas o alguna cuestión similar para la venta al público interna en cada país, no para importaciones o compra de mascarillas entre países. Solicito también la respuesta de la Comisión a esas comunicaciones de los Gobiernos. Solicito, además, que se me detalle qué países mandaron consulta sobre eso y en qué fecha lo hizo cada uno.

Yours faithfully,
Jose Molina
Calle Cervantes 34, 3º, Albacete, 02001, Spain, Taxation and Customs Union

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your request of 18/12/2020. We hereby acknowledge receipt of your application for access to documents, which was registered on 22/12/2020 under reference number GESTDEM 2020/7930.

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 21/01/2021. In case this time limit needs to be extended, you will be informed in due course.

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Yours faithfully,

Access to Documents Team

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    Ares 2020 6517609 09 11 2020 letter from Spain Reduced VAT rate on the supply of individual protection masks Redacted.pdf

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    288379 Molina VAT masks part perso.pdf

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    Ares 2020 6567515 10 11 2020 GT reply to ES Reduced VAT rate on the supply of individual protection masks Redacted.pdf

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Please find attached document Ares(2021)302512 from TRAYNOR Emer (TAXUD.E.2) dated 14/01/2021.