18 Oct 2019

CASE at Tatra Summit

In a rapidly changing global economy, smart taxation is essential to drive growth and economic prosperity. This year’s GLOBSEC Tatra Summit hosted a Focus Group, bringing together international experts, looking to reshape and support a smarter European tax policy that will fit national needs.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Grzegorz Poniatowski, Vice-President and Director of Fiscal Policy Studies at CASE said: "What business in Europe needs today is predictability and stability in order to allow to grow and be competitive. Harmonisation is a very important aspect that needs to be settled. Harmonisation doesn’t mean ‘equalisation’. It should be considered as a tool to coordinate processes: harmonisation of the definitions and exchange of information to ensure equal treatment of the products across the EU. However, harmonisation of tax across the EU could have also negative consequences. In the case of excise taxation, it could increase the scale of illicit trade and harm competition."

Tatra Summit is one of GLOBSEC’s flagship projects. The Summit is organised annually and provides the opportunity for experts to have fruitful political discussions on the future of Europe. The Focus Group “Smart taxation in a fast-changing Global Economy” took place on 12 October 2019.