Council Directive (EU) 2015/2060 of 10 November 2015 repealing Directive 2003/48/EC on taxation of savings income in the form of interest payments

Published date18 November 2015
Subject MatterTaxation,Approximation of laws,Free movement of capital
Official Gazette PublicationOfficial Journal of the European Union, L 301, 18 November 2015
18.11.2015 EN Official Journal of the European Union L 301/1


of 10 November 2015

repealing Directive 2003/48/EC on taxation of savings income in the form of interest payments


Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, and in particular Article 115 thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,

After transmission of the draft legislative act to the national parliaments,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Parliament,

Having regard to the opinion of the European Economic and Social Committee,

Acting in accordance with a special legislative procedure,


(1) Building on the consensus reached at the European Council of 20 June 2000 that relevant information should be exchanged for tax purposes on as wide a basis as possible, Council Directive 2003/48/EC (1) has been applied in the Member States since 1 July 2005 with the aim of enabling savings income in the form of interest payments made in one Member State to beneficial owners who are individuals resident in another Member State to be made subject to effective taxation in accordance with the laws of the latter Member State, thus eliminating distortions in capital movements between Member States, which would be incompatible with the internal market.
(2) The worldwide aspect of the challenges posed by cross-border tax fraud and evasion is a major concern at a global level and within the Union. Unreported and untaxed income considerably reduces national tax revenues. On 22 May 2013, the European Council welcomed ongoing efforts made in the G8, G20 and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to develop a global standard.
(3) Council Directive 2011/16/EU (2) provides for the mandatory automatic exchange of certain information between Member States. It also provides for the step-by-step extension of its scope into new categories of income and capital, for the purpose of combating cross-border tax fraud and evasion.
(4) On 9 December 2014, the Council adopted Directive 2014/107/EU (3) which amended Directive 2011/16/EU to extend the mandatory automatic exchange of information to a wider range of income in accordance with the Global Standard released by the OECD Council in July 2014 and ensured a coherent, consistent and comprehensive Union-wide approach to the automatic exchange of financial account information in the internal market.
(5) Directive 2014/107/EU is generally broader in scope than Directive 2003/48/EC and provides that in cases of overlap of scope, Directive 2014/107/EU is to prevail. There are still residual cases in which only Directive 2003/48/EC applies. Those residual cases are the consequence of slight differences in approach between the two Directives and of different specific exemptions. In those limited instances, the application of Directive 2003/48/EC would result in dual reporting standards within the Union. The minor benefits of retaining such dual reporting would be outweighed by the costs.
(6) On 21 March 2014, the European Council invited the Council to ensure that relevant Union law is fully aligned with the new single Global Standard of automatic exchange of information developed by the OECD. In addition, when adopting Directive 2014/107/EU, the Council invited the Commission to present a proposal to repeal Directive 2003/48/EC and to coordinate the repeal of that Directive with the date of application set down in Directive 2014/107/EU, having regard to the derogation provided therein for Austria. Therefore, Directive 2003/48/EC should continue to apply to Austria for an additional one-year period. In the light of the position taken by the Council, the repeal of Directive 2003/48/EC is needed in order to avoid dual reporting obligations and to save costs both for tax authorities and economic operators.
(7) Under Council Directive 2014/48/EU (4), Member States are to adopt and publish, by 1 January 2016, the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with that Directive. Member States are to apply those provisions as of 1 January 2017. With the repeal of Directive 2003/48/EC, Directive 2014/48/EU would no longer have to be transposed.
(8) To ensure

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