Fr. Vanistendael Lectures on International and European Tax law: Digitalization of the Economy

Gepubliceerd op 09-02-2018

Op 29 maart 2018 organiseert de KULeuven de elfde Prof. Dr. em. Fr. Vanistendael Lectures on International and European Tax law. Onderwerp van deze editie is ‘Digitalization of the Economy. Challenges for the Fundamental Tax Principles’. Hieronder vindt u een uitnodiging voor de lectures. 

This year, we organize, together with the Université de Lausanne, the Lectures on a topic of great current importance. Digital business models are challenging the existing tax principles. Are the current principles of profit taxation and VAT still appropriate for digital economy operators? The OECD is expected to issue proposals in the spring of 2018. The EU Commission has announced that if insufficient progress is made at the global level, it will come up with own proposals. These are the thought provoking subjects for the 2018 Lectures. We hope that we may welcome you in Leuven on 29 March 2018.


09.30 - 9.35 Opening of the Conference

Prof. Dr. Axel Haelterman, KU Leuven

9.35 - 10.10 Patterns of Digital Disruption

Mr. Sam Sluismans, Deloitte Partner Innovation Services


Direct Tax Challenges: Between Unilateral Measures, Interim Solutions and Long-Term Approaches


10.10 - 10.45 The OECD’s BEPS Action 1 and Beyond

Prof. Dr. Robert Danon, Université de Lausanne

10.45 - 11.20 The EU’s Tax Agenda for a Digital Single Market

Mr. Dmitri Jegorov, Undersecretary for tax & customs policies, Estonian Ministry of Finance, EU Council High-Level Working Party

11.20 - 11.55 Rethinking corporate tax in a digital age

Prof. Dr. John Vella, University of Oxford

11.55 - 12.30 Rethinking tax treaties in a digital age

Prof. Guglielmo Maisto, University of Piacenza


12.30 - 14.00 Q&A - Walking Buffet


14.00 - 14.35 The new initiatives tested against the imperatives imposed by EU law

Prof. Dr. Pasquale Pistone, IBFD/University of Salerno, WU Wien


VAT Challenges and Opportunities


14.35 - 15.10 EU VAT Treatment of Electronically Supplied Services and Other E-Commerce Transactions: The Current State of Play

Prof. Dr. Kenneth Vyncke, KU Leuven

15.10 – 15.45 The EU Commission’s proposed ‘E-Commerce Package’

Prof. Dr. Marie Lamensch, VUB, UC Louvain, KU Leuven


15.45 - 16.15 How to tax the digital economy: as income, as consumption or just as digital economy?

Prof. Dr. em. Frans Vanistendael, KU Leuven

16.15 - 17.00 Reception


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