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Repeal of Legislative Provincial Decree 2/2013
Tuesday, 17 de June de 2014

Bizkaia Provincial Council has approved a Legislative Provincial Decree which repeals the one that determined the application in the Province of the six new taxes approved in the State.

At the same time, the Spanish Cabinet held on 20 May, and in keeping with what was agreed in the Joint Committee of the Economic Agreement on 16 January, has likewise given instructions to State Attorney to proceed to dismiss the unconstitutionality appeal lodged against the provision of Bizkaia.

Text of the Legislative Provincial Decree

30 million euro fine for tax holidays
Tuesday, 13 de May de 2014

The Court of Justice of the European Union has issued its judgement in the infringement proceedings regarding the recovery of tax aid found to be illegal. It fined the Kingdom of Spain 30 million euros, as it found that the Kingdom of Spain had failed to meet its obligations pursuant to Article 260 TFEU (Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union), Section 1, as all the necessary measures to enforce the original ruling had not been adopted, as of the expiry date of the time period set in the reasoned opinion issued by the European Commission on 26 June 2008.

Text of the judgement

International Conference in Reno (Nevada)
Sunday, 23 de March de 2014

The Center for Basque Studies, University of Nevada, Reno, organizes the 13th International Conference “Fiscal System & the Crisis. A Comparative View of the Resilence of Public Finances and Self-Government in the Basque Country, Catalonia and Nevada”, on March 26, 27 and 28. It is organized by Professors Xabier Irujo (CBS Co-director) and Joseba Agirreazkuenaga (William A. Douglass Distinguished Visiting Scholar 2013-2014).


Agreements of the Economic Agreement Joint Commission
Wednesday, 29 de January de 2014

On 16 January, the Economic Agreement Joint Commission met to sign a total of 13 agreements, which include amending the Economic Agreement to include the approval of the new taxes established in the State in recent years and those agreements for the financial effects of the new agreements to be retroactive to 1 January 2013. In addition to the commission ratifying other agreements regarding budget stability and agreeing the content of the information exchange in that area, some technical amendments were introduced to the agreed text and to the Regulations of the Arbitration Board. The members of the latter were also appointed, with its chair being taken by the Professor of Financial and Tax Law at the Complutense University of Madrid, Gabriel Casado Ollero, and with Isaac Merino Jara and Francisco Javier Mugurza Arrese continuing as members.

As has already been reflected in the media, settling the disputes that have accumulated in recent years regarding the settlement of the quotas has been left for future negotiations, along with preparing new quota legislation, given that the one in force, initially set for the 2007-2011 five year period, has been extended since 2012.

Basque Government press release

Text of the amendment to the Economic Agreement

Outline of the agreements reached

Disputes between the Basque Provincial Councils and the Treasury Department of Navarra
Monday, 23 de December de 2013

In rulings dated October 17 and November 15, the Supreme Court has confirmed that the Board of Arbitration of the Economic Agreement has the authority to settle conflicts of competency that may arise between the provinces of the Basque Country and the autonomous region of Navarra.

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