The EU has limited competences in the area of taxation.

The EU aims to tackle the tax obstacles that prevent individuals and companies from operating freely across borders and from exploiting the benefit of the Internal Market. It encourages changes to tax systems so that they support Community objectives such as competitiveness and sustainable development.

With regard to taxation at EU level, the most important issue for the hospitality industry is the area of value added tax (VAT).

Decisions on legislation concerning taxation matters require unanimity in the Council. The European Parliament is only consulted.

Recent studies show the impact of taxes on the competitiveness of European tourism (Download Report)

Position Papers

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    14 October 2020  ArticleCoronavirusPresentationsPosition Papers

    Temporary VAT rate reductions for hospitality - HOTREC, FoodDrinkEurope and FoodService Europe Position Paper

    HOTREC, FoodDrinkEurope and FoodServiceEurope ask for support from the EU for temporary reduced VAT rates in the hospitality sector in order to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Our position paper highlights why reduced VAT rates are beneficial for hospitality and contract catering and an essential and highly effective measure of support in these times.  

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    3 May 2012  ArticlePosition Papers

    / Position Paper on the emergence of different tourism taxes, especially bed taxes across Europe



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    9 January 2013  PolicyWorking documents

    / HOTREC response on Consultation on reduced VAT rates legislation


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    30 May 2011  PolicyWorking documents

    / VAT Consultation of the European Commission - HOTREC reply