Marie Lamensch reappointed as member of European Commission VAT Expert Group

On 2 October 2019, the EU Commission’s Director General for Taxation and Customs has reappointed professor Marie Lamensch as effective member of the European Commission VAT Expert Group for the next three years. Marie Lamensch has been a member of this expert group since 2016. The task of the VAT Expert Group is (1) to advise the European Commission on the preparation of legislative acts and other policy initiatives in the field of VAT; and (2) to provide insight concerning the practical implementation of legislative acts and other EU policy initiatives in the field of VAT. The members of the group include 34 organisations and three individuals, of which Marie Lamensch is one. Organisation members include the Big Four accountancy firms, several enterprises and national industrial confederations and a number of multinationals. Currently, one of the most important challenges in the area of EU VAT is the fight against fraud in intra-EU trade (carousel fraud in particular) but also on imports from third countries and more generally in the context of e-commerce. Professor Marie Lamensch submitted a report and was heard by the TAX3 Committee of the European Parliament on that topic last year.