Italian Hub Co-Organised a Conference on Taxation and COVID-19


From 12–13 March 2021, the University of Ferrara together with the ELI Italian Hub organised a conference on ‘COVID-19 and the Aftermaths on National Tax Systems’, which gave speakers from Europe and beyond a chance to compare European taxation strategies with those enacted by countries of the Middle and Far East.

The conference featured speakers from China (China University of Political Sciences and Law, Beijing), France (University of Lyon III ‘Jean Moulin’), Italy (University of Ferrara), Indonesia (University of Diponegoro), Iran (Allameh Tabataba’i University of Tehran), Russia (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Spain (University of Sevilla ‘Pablo de Olavide’), and the Netherlands (University of Tilburg).

The experts concluded that countries aim at granting financial support to those businesses that were affected the most during the COVID-19 crisis, in particular to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Tax policies, on the other hand, seem to diverge from country to country.

The conference also provided a forum to discuss the European Commission’s recently proposed revision of the environmental tax and new carbon tax.

The recording of the first day of the conference can be accessed here and of the second day here.