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The false EU promise of listing tax havens

Lotta Staffans

27 May 2016 10:55:29

This week, European Union finance ministers agreed to establish a common EU blacklist of so-called “non-cooperative jurisdictions” – in other words, tax havens. With one tax scandal unfolding after the other, listing and sanctioning tax havens may seem like a good solution. However, as tempting as it may sound, this EU exercise is doomed to fail – and here’s why. The proposal for a common blacklist stems from the European Commission’s external strategy on tax, which was published this January. However, tax havens are not an external matter to the EU, quite the contrary – some of the world’s most powerful tax havens are to be found in Europe. For example, a new report from Oxfam uses European Commission (EC) data to analyse the role of the Netherlands as ...

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Take action to make multinationals pay their fair share of taxes

Lotta Staffans

14 Mar 2016 16:57:49

The European Commission now has the opportunity to show real commitment to its agenda for corporate transparency and fair taxation. Right now, the Commissioners are discussing a proposal for public country by country reporting for multinational corporations. Eurodad has launched a new website to help you get in touch with the Commissioners and make sure they know now is the time for an ambitious proposal.   Tax justice NGOs all over the world have been calling for public country by country reporting for years, as basic information on where multinationals do business, what they pay in tax, how many employees they have and so on, would be a key tool in the fight against corporate tax avoidance. There are several reasons why the European Union should introduce this simple transparency ...