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28 - 29 Nov 2019Annual Conference on European VAT Law 2019

The Academy of European Law will be hosting its annual conference on European VAT Law on 28 and 29 November 2019.
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Trier - Germany
Annual Conference on European VAT Law 2019
This conference will enable legal practitioners specialising in VAT to keep up-to-date with the most recent developments in legislation and jurisprudence in the field.

Key topics
  • Policy update from the European Commission 
  • The fight against VAT fraud
  • Applying VAT to the digital economy
  • VAT and financial services
  • Measures to reduce the VAT gap: the Polish example
  • Analysis of the EU-27 and UK perspectives on VAT and Brexit
  • Recent case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the area of VAT
Who should attend?
Lawyers in private practice, in-house counsel, tax advisors, national civil servants, judges and prosecutors.
Thursday, 28 November 2019

08:45 Arrival and registration of participants
09:15 Welcome and introduction
• Daniel Gärtner
09:30 Update on recent developments and legislative activities in the area of VAT
10:15 Discussion
10:30 The fight against VAT fraud in the EU: assessment of the proposed strategies to tackle different types of VAT fraud and discussion of possible alternative solutions
• Marie Lamensch
11:15 Discussion
11:30 Coffee break
12:00 Reducing the VAT gap: lessons from Poland
• Jan Sarnowski
12:45 Discussion
13:00 Lunch
14:00 The challenges of applying VAT to the digital economy
• Erwan Loquet
14:45 Discussion
15:00 EU VAT and financial services: which rules, what consequences, and possible solutions
• Christian Amand
15:45 Discussion
16:00 Coffee break
16:30 VAT treatment of cross-border transactions: quick fixes and their impact on businesses
• Charlène Herbain
17:15 Discussion
17:30 End of the first conference day
18:30 Guided tour of the city of Trier
19:30 Conference dinner in the “Park Plaza Trier” (Nikolaus-Koch-Platz 1)
Friday, 29 November 2019

09:15 Recent case law of the CJEU in the area of VAT
• Ieva Freija
• Madeleine Merkx
• Cristina Trenta
10:15 Discussion
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Recent case law of the CJEU in the area of VAT (cont’d)
12:00 Discussion
12:15 VAT and Brexit: analysis of the similarities and differences between the EU-27 and the UK perspective
•  Stephen Dale
13:00 Discussion
13:15 Light lunch and end of conference
  • Christian Amand, Tax Lawyer, Xirius, Brussels; former
    Chairman of the VAT and Indirect Taxation Group of the
    Confédération Fiscale Européenne (CFE)
  • Stephen Dale, Consultant, Société d’avocats HEDEOS,
  • Ieva Freija, Legal Secretary, Chambers of Judge Levits,
    Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg
  • Charlène Herbain, Senior Managing Associate, PwC Legal,
  • Marie Lamensch, Professor of International and European
    Tax Law, Vrije Universiteit Brussels; Member of the VAT
    Expert Group of the European Commission
  • Erwan Loquet, Head of Tax and Advisory Partner, BDO,
  • Madeleine Merkx, Professor of Indirect Taxes, Erasmus
    University Rotterdam
  • Jan Sarnowski, Deputy Director, Income Tax Department,
    Polish Ministry of Finance, Warsaw
  • Cristina Trenta, Associate Professor in Tax Law, Örebro