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Excise Duty on Fuel: Stop and Go | 29 september 2017 |Tax policy in the area of excise duty on fuel recently opened a series of debates regarding the impact of these excise duties on prices. Probably the most intense barometer is given exactly by

Economic Challenges in the Context of Convergence


The economic crisis showed us that pro-cyclical policies, which Romania was also seduced by, make the recovery more painful. This is why it is important to discuss openly if and why is it worth creating big deficits exactly when the economic situation is good, instead of preserving fiscal space for “hard times”, when the economic expansion will be exhausted.

Decrease taxes, increase spending!, doesn’t feel as sound economic policy


In the past years, almost everything related to economics and economic debate was built on tax initiatives. But economic performance does not simply emerge, by itself, only through changes in taxes. It needs structural accumulation, concrete rules and credibility for the well-functioning of markets, competitively and predictability for the business environment,

In economic policy, policymakers must learn from previous mistakes


surselecresteriiIt is important that policymakers are aware of previous mistakes and responsible when it comes to economic policy. In the economy, resources are limited, and that’s the reason why we can’t afford to have all at once. National fiscal policies, although they benefit from Parliament’s support, are sometimes against the rules of fiscal governance, which were also adopted by the

Total Tax Simplification: The Abolition of Corporate Tax


Today’s fiscal world tends to institutionalise itself, informally, in a reality where many accountants ask the business owners: “Boss, this year what profit do you want us to have?”. This way, the capitalist principle of “profit maximisation” is translated through a permanent, vicious and costly tax ping-pong between businessmen and the state. And this is not because the

Euro is Dead, Long Live the Euro! On the Euro-economic Salvation of the EU


breaking-up-is-hard-to-do-but-investors-can-cushion-themselves-against-a-euro-collapse-285x280The crisis has revealed the vicious circle that the euro would have faced anyway, sometimes in the future. The reasons why some are condemning the euro are, in fact, the reasons why it should be saved. But saving the euro at all costs – “whatever it takes”, in the terms of Mario Draghi – would actually mean the failure of the common currency. If the euro won’t succeed in imposing the

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