June 4, 2005

2005 European International Tax Delegation

In each of the past 15 years the Tax Foundation has led a delegation of senior congressional tax staff to meet with European tax authorities. The goal of the week-long delegation is to facilitate the sharing of knowledge about international tax policy, and provide congressional staffers with an in-depth perspective on a broad array of international tax and trade policy issues.

About the Destinations This year’s European International Tax Delegation met with international tax policymakers in Prague, Czech Republic; Paris, France; and London, England from May 27-June 4, 2005.

The delegation’s first destination was Prague, Czech Republic. The new Central European members of the European Union are becoming leaders in the global tax reform movement. Participants met with officials from the Czech Republic and Slovakia to learn more about their sweeping tax reforms and how those changes have affected their economies.

The second destination was Paris, France, where participants met with leaders from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) for a briefing on global trends in tax policy as well as U.S./EU tax issues such as the current FSC/ETI case before the World Trade Organization.

The final destination was London, England. During the second half of 2005, Great Britain will hold the European Union (EU) Presidency. Members of the delegation met with British tax and trade officials who will be responsible for setting Britain’s EU policies during their presidential term.

Materials from this event are available for download below.