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Presentation at the General Assembly of the Cadastral Permanent Committee on Cadastre (PCC) 13th June, Hamburg Simon Schnetzer, Eurosocial EUROsociAL-Taxation A path towards social cohesion Project financed by the EU What is EUROsociAL?

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Presentation at the

General Assembly of the Cadastral Permanent Committee on Cadastre (PCC)

13th June, Hamburg

Simon Schnetzer, Eurosocial


A path towards social cohesion

Project financed by the EU

what is eurosocial
What is EUROsociAL?
  • A regional co-operation programme between the European Union and Latin America, promoted by the European Commission, whose objective is to enhance the level of social cohesion in five areas: education, health, justice, taxation and employment.
  • The aim of the programme is to strengthen and introduce innovative and proven tools with which to support the process of formulation, implementation and evaluation of public policies.
  • The Programme shall run for a period of 4 years and has a budget of 36,7 million euro € (80% of the finanancing comes from the EU and 20% from the participating institutions).
salient features
Salient Features
  • The initiative enjoys political support at the highest levels: Summits of Heads of State and Government held in Guadalajara and Vienna.
  • It is public and participative. It is implemented through a partnership between LatinAmerican and European institutions. Identification of supply and demand through sectoral networks.
  • Its Strategic Nature: the Joint Committee consists of the European Commission, IADB, UNDP, ECLA. 33
what is eurosocial taxation
What is EUROsociAL taxation?
  • A sectoral project of EUROsociAL
  • Its purpose: Influence public policies and institutional (management) practices in Taxation which have an impact on social cohesion through sharing experiences (EU-LA and LA-LA)
  • The project is organised through a consortium comprised of 5 European and 5 LatinAmerican organisations
  • EUROsociAL Taxation began in October 2005, with a budget of more than €8 millon for the period of 4 years
  • Direct Target Groups (18 Latin American countries)
    • Policy makers
    • Agents who influence political policy making and Senior Officials responsible for their implementation.
    • Intermediate level policy managers
  • Indirect Target Groups:
    • Citizens of Latin America
    • Public Officials who do not directly participate but who benefit from the outcomes: “Training for Trainers”, on-line courses, documentation on the Portal.

Associate Members

thematic area coordinators

Area / Person responsable

Description of Topics

Fiscal Policies


  • Analysis of fiscal policies (revenue and expenditure) currently in force in the different political contexts and the impact these have on social equity and sustainable development
  • Direct and indirect taxes as well as potential new taxes and the contribution these make to financing the system of social cohesion
  • Techniques with which to evaluate and reduce fraud and poor governance as well as sanctions

Tax Administration and Human Resources


  • Strategies to encourage tax payers to voluntarily comply with their obligation
  • Detect and remedy tax fraud
  • Strengthen the organisational and managerial capacity of tax administrations
  • Improve tax payments and land registries
  • Structure and streamline the administration
  • Professionalizing the human resource departments
Thematic Area Coordinators
thematic area coordinators cont

Area / Person responsable

Description of Topics

Budget and Public Expenditure


  • Budgetary planning (public income and expenditure) and its application to social cohesion
  • Budget implementation, control and evaluation

Financing the Regions and the Social Security System


  • Fiscal decentralisation: improving coordination and harmonization between the various tax administrations
  • Combat the informal sectors of the economy and improve the procedures to collect the social security contributions
  • Improve the mechanims by which the tax administration and the social security cooperate and share information
Thematic Area coordinators (cont.)
methods exchange of experiences
Methods: Exchange of Experiences

Phase 1


Phase 2


Phase 4

Analysis and Dissemination

Phase 3


Identify the general institutional and political needs of the recipient country/-ies

Identify experience for transfer

Matching supply and demand

Establishing contacts

Evaluation of the outcomes and systmatic implementation of the process

Implementation of proposal/-s

Evaluation of the relevance of experience

Matching of supply and demand

Site visits

Technical assistance

Training courses

Pilot projects

Management committees

Field trips

Network meetings

Web portal, publications, etc.

Analysis and examination


Network meetings

Database of experiences


An instrument to “facilitate” sharing of experiences: a vehicle through which to identify and bring together those offering and seeking new ways and sources of support in such transfer of knowkedge

  • Permanent Forum: for the exchange of experience between practitioners from Europe and Latin America
  • Channel of dissemination: for related news and information on successful experiences which might serve as inspiration
engaging public administrations in the network
Engaging Public Administrations in the Network
  • Identify requests and proposing activties on this basis
  • Proposing experts and participants
  • Active participation in the project activities
  • Crucial support for the implementation of activities
  • Promoting participation and disseminating results
  • Providing feedback on strategy and actions undertaken
the eurosocial taxation portal
The EUROsociAL – Taxation Portal

  • A key tool for execution of activities, networking and dissemination of project information
  • On the site:
    • sections on activities, online fora, publications, tax-related news
    • data bases of experts and transferable experiences
    • theme-related information and links
  • Objective: achieving sustainablity of the project beyond the execution phase
seminar on the latin american cadasters in internet

Lisbon, November 26-28, 2007


Regional Program for the Social Cohesion in Latin America

Spanish Institute of Fiscal Study

Spanish Directorate General for Cadastre

Portuguese Geographical Institute

  • Objective of the seminar:
  • presenting and discussing best practices developed in Europe and in Latin-America
  • giving guidelines for implementation of these
  • Participants:
  • 50 officials from Latin American Cadastre Authorities
the cadaster as tool of social cohesion in latin america and europe

Lisbon, November 29-30, 2007


Regional Program for the Social Cohesion in Latin America

Spanish Institute of Fiscal Study

Spanish Directorate General for Cadastre

Portuguese Geogrophical Institute

Objective of the seminar:

Providing a forum for exchange of experience for cadastre authorities from both regions: Europe and Latin-America


For more information:

Mrs. Ángeles Fernández (IEF):

Thank you for your attention.