Belgrade, 27 and 28 September 2018

Report on the IFA Central and Eastern Europe Tax Conference 2018

17 October 2018

The Serbian IFA branch – the Serbian Fiscal Society, in cooperation with the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law has had the privilege of hosting this year’s IFA Central and Eastern Europe tax conference which took place on the 27 and 28 September 2018.

The conference was opened by a seminar on the topic of "DTT Abuse, Particularly in Light of the Newly Introduced MLI Anti-Abuse Provisions" held by Prof. Dr. Robert Danon from the University of Lausanne, Chair of IFA’s Permanent Scientific Committee. 




Over the two days of the conference more than 140 participants had the opportunity to hear inspiring presentations and stimulating debates from more than 20 speakers (tax law and public finances academic, tax consultants and lawyers, judges, representatives of tax authorities) from Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania and Serbia over four panels:


Panel I – Taxpayer’s Rights in CEE

Co-chaired by: Prof. Dr. Dejan Popović, University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, Serbia and Doc. Dr. Svetislav V. Kostić, University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, Serbia


  • Prof. Dr. Carlos E. Weffe, Scientific Coordinator of the Observatory on the Protection of Taxpayers Rights (OPTR) IBFD project;
  • Prof. Dr. Dominik Mączyński, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland (Judge of the Regional Administrative Court in Poznan);
  • Dejan Radić, Indirect Tax Authority of Bosnia & Herzegovina;
  • Gabriela Hrachovinova, independent tax adviser and expert witness, member of the Presidency of the Chamber of Tax Advisers of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic.


Panel II - Digitalization of the VAT Process

Chaired by: Prof. Dr. Radu Bufan, West Timisoara University, Timisoara, Romania


  • Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Lasiński-Sulecki, Nicolaus Kopernikus University, Torun, Poland;
  • Prof. Dr. Ciprian Paun, Babes – Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania;
  • Filip Kovačević, LL.M, Deloitte, Serbia;
  • Dr. Malgorzata Sek, University of Lodz, Poland;
  • Alexandru Antonescu, PwC, Romania; Jovana Stojanović, PwC, Serbia.


Panel III – Transfer Pricing in CEE

Chaired by: Dr. Rafaelle Petruzzi, Managing Director, Wirtschafts Universität Transfer Pricing Center, Vienna, Austria.


  • Doc. Dr. Svetislav V. Kostić, University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, Serbia;
  • Katalin Csikós-Bouzoraa, Hungarian Tax Administration, Hungary;
  • Dr. Joanna Koronkiewicz, Senior Manger, KPMG, Warsaw, Poland;
  • Giammarco Cottani, Ludovici, Piccone & Partners, Milano, Italy;
  • Aleksandar Stefanov, Deloitte, Sofia, Bulgaria.


Panel IV– Behavioral Public Finances (Tax Morale)

Chaired by: Prof. Dr. Danuše Nerudova, Mendel University, Brno, Czech Republic


  • Prof. Dr. Danuše Nerudova, Mendel University, Brno, Czech Republic;
  • Lukas Moravec, Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic;
  • Prof. Dr. Saša Ranđelović, University of Belgrade Faculty of Economics, Serbia;
  • Prof. Dr. Branko Radulović, University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, Serbia;
  • Dr. Borbála Kolozs, President of IFA Hungary. 


Book presentation

The conference was closed by the promotion of the book published by Dr. Stjepan Gadžo from the University of Rijeka Faculty of Law (Croatia): "Nexus requirements for taxation of non-resident's business income: a normative evaluation in the context of the global", IBFD 2018

This book has been published as part of IBFD’s Doctoral Series and is based on the doctoral thesis of Dr. Stjepan Gadžo for which in 2017 he received the prestigious European Academic Tax Thesis Award which is jointly awarded by the European Association of Tax Law Professors (EATLP) and the European Commission.


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