Peers quiz EU tax commissioner about EU fraud

07 February 2013

The House of Lords Justice, Institutions and Consumer Protection EU Sub-Committee will hold the final session of its inquiry into Combating Fraud and Irregularities Against the EU’s Finances on Monday 11 February, when it will question Algirdas Šemeta, Commissioner for Taxation, Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud.

The Committee will have the opportunity to question Mr Šemata on the issues that have arisen during its six-month long inquiry, including:

  • the vulnerability of EU funds to fraud and other financial irregularities;
  • whether the Commission considers VAT fraud to be fraud against the EU’s finances;
  • what more the Commission could do to address the differences in approach of the different Member States to reporting fraud;
  • the effectiveness of the EU’s crime-fighting organisations including OLAF, Eurojust and Europol; and
  • the desirability of a European Public Prosecutors Office.

The evidence session will take place at 11.30am on Monday 11 February in Committee Room 3.

The sessions will be webcast live at and are also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament’s Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.

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