EU-Norway agreement signed, strengthening the prevention of VAT fraud


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An agreement boosting VAT cooperation between the EU and Norway was signed in Sofia on 6 February 2018.

The agreement will provide EU member states and Norway with a legal framework for administrative cooperation in:

  • preventing VAT fraud;
  • assisting each other in the recovery of VAT claims.

Norway is the first country with which the EU has an agreement in this field. A member of the European Economic Area, it has a similar VAT system to the EU's. It enjoys a good tradition of VAT cooperation with the EU member states.

The text was signed:

  • on behalf of the EU, by Vladislav Goranov, minister for finance of Bulgaria;
  • on behalf of Norway, by Siv Jensen, minister for finance of Norway.

The agreement was negotiated by the Commission on the basis of the mandate agreed by the Council in December 2014.

Read the full press release on the website of the Council of the European Union.

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