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#TaxMix2050

On 28 November 2022, European and international Finance Ministers, high-level policy makers, academics and civil society will come together in Brussels to discuss the future of our tax systems.  

The Tax Symposium will stimulate a broad debate, covering all types of taxes, collected at all levels of governance. It will also offer the opportunity to delve into specific aspects of the tax mix and consider their long-term perspectives. Organised by the European Commission, the Symposium will also be live-streamed online for those who cannot attend in person. 

Programme

  1. 8.15 - 9.15
    Coffee and Registration
  2. 9.15 - 9.20
    Introduction by Florence Ranson, Master of Ceremonies
  3. 9.20 - 9.30
    Keynote speech
    • Paolo GENTILONI (European Commissioner for Economy)
  4. 9.30 - 9.40
    Keynote speech
    • Zbyněk STANJURA (Minister of Finance, Czech Republic)
  5. 9.40 - 11.00
    What tax mix for the future?

    Our economies and societies are undergoing long-term structural challenges. These include demographic change, technological change, globalisation, environmental degradation and climate change, and increasing inequalities. Without a policy response, these megatrends are expected to negatively impact the sustainability of our tax mix in the future. It is therefore crucial to reflect today on how to best adapt our tax mix to render it future-proof, while safeguarding sufficient tax revenue to deliver fiscal sustainability and assuring an efficient and fair tax system.

    This session will discuss how to get to a tax mix that will help our societies get ready to face current and upcoming structural challenges, through evidence-based policymaking.

    Keynote speech by Vitor GASPAR (Head of Fiscal Affairs, IMF)

    Panel discussion moderated by Sam Fleming (Financial Times)

    • Nadia CALVIÑO (First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Digitalisation, Spain)
    • Paul TANG (Member of European Parliament)
    • Rita DE LA FERIA (Professor of Tax Law, University of Leeds)

    Followed by Q&A session with the audience. 

  6. 11.00 - 11.30
    Coffee break
  7. 11.30 - 11.45
    Keynote speech
    • Valdis DOMBROVSKIS (Executive Vice-President, European Commission)
  8. 11.45 - 12.15
    Presentation: Challenges to taxation in the short, medium and long term
    • André SAPIR (Professor of Economics, Université Libre de Bruxelles - ULB)
  9. 12.15 - 13.45
    Lunch break
  10. 13.45 - 15.00
    The role of taxation in supporting EU energy autonomy and sustainable growth

    Climate change, as well as Russia’s war in Ukraine, are driving Europe’s urgent need for clean and sustainable energy and is spurring action to deliver on the EU Green Deal. Taxation has a major part to play in this transition. Behavioural taxation is a well-established policy tool that can help steer societal, business and personal choices towards the achievement of common objectives. Green taxes, such as those on energy, can therefore help to accomplish environmental goals.

    As the EU moves forward on its overhaul of the Union’s energy taxation rules, this panel will discuss how taxation can support the fight against climate change and environmental degradation, by correcting price signals and influencing behaviours.

    Keynote speech by Kadri SIMSON (European Commissioner for Energy)

    Panel discussion:

    • Aurore LALUCQ (Member of European Parliament)
    • Sven GIEGOLD (State Secretary for Economy and Climate Action, Germany)
    • Marnix VAN RIJ (State Secretary for Taxation, Netherlands)
    • Femke GROOTHUIS (Co-Founder & President, The Ex'tax Project Foundation)

    Followed by Q&A session with the audience. 

  11. 15.00 - 15.10
    Speech
    • Mathias CORMANN (Secretary-General, OECD)
  12. 15.10 - 15.30
    Coffee break
  13. 15:30 - 16.30
    The future of corporate taxation: Beyond the global agreement

    The core of the current international corporate tax system was designed more than a century ago. Globalisation, digitalisation, and the intensified use of intangible assets have substantially changed how companies do business. These changes should also be reflected in how they are taxed. The recent two-pillar agreement of the OECD marks a historic step forward in addressing some of these challenges. However, other challenges remain, in particular the increasing complexity of tax rules.

    This panel will discuss the future of corporate taxation, in a bid to consider how to design a more effective tax system.

    Panel discussion moderated by Karel Lannoo (CEPS)

    • Daniele FRANCO (former Minister of Finance, Italy)
    • Gabriela BUCHER (Executive Director, Oxfam International)
    • Stefan PAN (Vice-President, BusinessEurope)

    Followed by Q&A session with the audience. 

  14. 16:30 – 17:00
    What role for taxation policy in a post-Covid world? 

    A duel of views:

    • Thomas RIXEN (Professor of International and Comparative Political Economy, Freie Universität Berlin)
    • Daniel BUNN (President & CEO, Tax Foundation)
  15. 17.00 - 17.15
    Key conclusions
    • Gerassimos THOMAS (Director-General for Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission)
  16. 17.15 - 18.30
    Networking cocktail

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Recordings

Opening speech, Paolo GENTILONI (European Commissioner for Economy)

Keynote speech, Zbyněk STANJURA (Minister of Finance, Czech Republic)

Panel Discussion 1: What tax mix for the future?

Keynote speech, Valdis DOMBROVSKIS (Executive Vice-President, European Commission)

Presentation: Challenges to taxation in the short, medium and long term, André SAPIR (Professor of Economics, Université Libre de Bruxelles - ULB)

Keynote speech, Kadri SIMSON (European Commissioner for Energy)

Speech, Mathias CORMANN (Secretary-General, OECD)

Panel Discussion 2: The role of taxation in supporting EU energy autonomy and sustainable growth

Panel Discussion 3: The future of corporate taxation: Beyond the global agreement

What role for taxation policy in a post-Covid world? A duel of views

Key conclusions, Gerassimos THOMAS (Director-General for Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission)

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