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European Council

22/05/2013 - 22/05/2013


The main subjects on the European Council's agenda were taxation and energy.

EU leaders seized the political momentum created by fiscal constraints and made progress on a number of taxation issues, such as tax evasion and tax fraud.

A number of files which had been at a standstill for years were unblocked and clear deadlines set for results. Priorities were automatic exchange of information, tackling VAT fraud, elimination of harmful tax practices and fighting money laundering.

After a strategic debate, leaders stated that the EU's energy policy aims at providing both households and companies with affordable and competitively priced energy in a safe and sustainable manner.

They reaffirmed previously agreed objectives and defined priorities and deadlines related to thecompletion of the internal energy marketinterconnections, investments, the diversification of Europe's energy supply and energy efficiency.

European Council meetings are chaired by Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.

They take place in Brussels, in the Justus Lipsius building with the assistance of the General Secretariat of the Council.


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European Council
Justus Lipsius building
Rue de la Loi 175
1048 Brussels

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The press centre, which is also located in the Justus Lipsius building, is equipped with all the necessary facilities for the press and audiovisual media


+32 (0)2 281 90 00


+32 (0)2 281 85 41

E-mail: presse.centre@consilium.europa.eu

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