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Christiana HJI Panayi, Werner Haslehner and Edoardo Traversa
Writing a book on European Union (EU) tax law was never going to be an easy task, not only due to the diversity of areas covered by this subject but also as a result of the fast-paced changes in the area. EU tax law is perhaps one of the most dynamic areas of EU law. Notwithstanding de minimis harmonisation, for direct taxation, and more extensive framework-style harmonisation, for indirect taxation, the combined effect of the Commission’s integrationist leanings with taxpayer proactiveness and the pursuit of litigation has led to the development of an impressive array of legal principles. Being supreme law, these principles permeate domestic tax systems and shape domestic tax rules, in variable intensities and with variable preemptive effects.