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The conference will be attended by judges from the Member States specialising in tax law. The conference will be held in English.

About “European Tax Judges Conference”

The Conference will provide a forum for judges dealing with cases in direct and indirect tax matters to discuss various aspects of their work with colleagues from other countries and to exchange views on European and international law issues.

The seminar is organised by the non-profit body “Deutsche Finanzgerichtstag e.V.”, an association formed by most of the German tax judges, holding annual meetings to discuss current developments in tax law and problems of procedural law.

Program “2. European Tax Judges Conference” | Cologne, 26 – 27 April 2020

Sunday, 26 April 2020

from 19:00

Welcome Reception

Get-together in the Wappensaal of the brewery Früh (Am Hof 5, 50667 Cologne) the evening before the conference.

Wappensaal

Monday, 27 April 2020

9.00 – 9:30

Welcome and introduction

Professor Dr. h.c. Rudolf Mellinghoff
Chief Justice of the German Federal Tax Court, Munich

Professor Jürgen Brandt
President of “Deutscher Finanzgerichtstag e.V.” and former judge at the German Federal Tax Court, Munich

Benno Scharpenberg
Chief Justice of the Tax Court of Cologne

9:30 – 11:00

Fundamental rights and taxation in the EU

Dr. Christian Levedag
Judge at the German Federal Tax Court, Munich

Professor Dr. Heinrich Weber-Grellet
Former presiding judge at the German Federal Tax Court, Munich

11.00 – 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30

Distortion of competition and political business development by taxation (I)

Robert Jan Koopman
Vice presedent at the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, Den Haag

Serge Schroeder
Premier conseiller, member of the Administrative Court, Luxembourg

12.30 – 13:30

Lunch

13:30 – 14:30

Distortion of competition and political business development by taxation (II)

Professor Dr. R.E.C.M. Niessen
Attorney general at the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, Den Haag

Professor Jürgen Brandt
President of “Deutscher Finanzgerichtstag e.V.” and former judge at the German Federal Tax Court, Munich

Marc Fierstra, LL.M.
Judge at the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, Den Haag

14.30 – 15:00

Coffee Break

15:00 – 16:30

VAT –Developments

Professor Dr. Mariken van Hilten
Judge at the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, Den Haag

Dr. Christoph Wäger
Judge at the German Federal Tax Court, Munich

16.30

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