THE EUROPEAN Commission is to step up its drive against tax evasion in the EU by extending the existing Fiscalis co-operative programme covering VAT and excise duties to the area of direct taxation for the first time. Brussels is also expanding its fight against customs fraud.

Two new schemes - Fiscalis 2007 and Customs 2007 - will be jointly financed by the EU and member countries with Brussels putting up Euro 56 million, (about Pounds 34 million), and Euro 133 million, (Pounds 81 million), respectively over the next five ...

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