German experts in public finance share their experience in the application of the EU regulations in the field of public assistance

3/11/19

German experts in public finance shared their experience in the application of EU regulations on state aid with their Ukrainian colleagues and discussed the impact of these regulations on the national legislation as well as expounded the legal aspects concerning external tax checks and considered examples of tax violations.

On February 26-28, 2019, the German company Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH conducted the workshop “EU Regulations on State Aid and their Impact on the National Excise Law. Regulations on External Tax Checks and Tax Violations. Current Amendments to the EU Directive on the Common System of Excise Taxes”. The workshop took place with the support of the Ministry of Finance.

The goal of the event was to upgrade the qualification of specialists of the Ministry of Finance, State Fiscal Service of Ukraine (SFS), the customs unit of the SFS, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, Academy of Financial Management under the Ministry of Finance, National SFS University and NU SFS Research Institute for Fiscal Policy in the application of the EU regulations on state aid and their impact on the national legislation. The participants of the workshop also looked into the legal aspects of external tax checks and analysed cases of tax violation.

The workshop was conducted by experts from Germany – Mrs. Ingrid Dinkelmann-Wendle, Mr. Friedrich Seewald and Mr. Dennis Hehring invited by the project “Good Financial Governance in Ukraine” that is implemented by the federal company Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the Government of Germany. They shared the relevant experience of the German Ministry of Finance and the Federal Tax Authority (Bonn). These experts are experienced professionals in excise tax and customs control.

The participants of the workshop had three days to discuss the following blocks of issues:
EU regulations on state aid and its impact on the national excise legislation:
• adjustment of the German Law on Electricity Tax to the EU regulations on state aid and relevant legislative changes;
Regulations on external tax checks:
• external tax checks – aspects related to the taxation of ethanol and alcoholic beverages;
Regulations on tax violations:
• violation of the excise regulations for ethanol and alcoholic beverages;
Latest amendments to the EU Directive on the Common System of Excise Taxes.

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The project “Good Financial Governance in Ukraine” is implemented by the federal company Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government.
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH supports the Government of Germany achieving its goals in international cooperation focused on sustainable development. The priorities of the German cooperation with Ukraine include democracy, civil society, public administration, decentralization, energy and sustainable economic development. Apart from these areas, the German cooperation with Ukraine includes support in overcoming the crisis in Eastern Ukraine and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

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