European Tax Judges Conference

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.

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


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.

  • 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

      Get together


Information:

Due to the current devolpments regarding COVID-19 in Europe the European Tax Judges Conference has been cancelled and will be postponed to a later date.