Raponi was a steady hand at the EU through massive VAT
reforms including the move to charge VAT on business-to-consumer supplies of
digital services in the member state where the consumer is
based, rather than where the business is based.
These changes, based on the 'destination
principle’ now encouraged by the OECD BEPS Action
1, laid the groundwork for countries including Australia,
Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and South Africa to
He also worked with Andrus Ansip, European commissioner for
the digital single market on the EU’s digital
single market strategy.
Raponi appeared in the Global Tax 50, International Tax
Review’s yearly feature on the most
influential people in tax, in
relinquished his role on March 16 2017, making way for Maria
Teresa Fabregas Fernandes. He has remained at the European
Commission in an advisory role since then, and will join Taj on
October 1 2017.