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31/07/2016

EU shuts down Belgium tax breaks for multinationals

Topic: tax evasion


Trade & Society 11-07-2016

Virginie Rozière: 'We need whistleblowers'

The conviction of the three whistleblowers that broke the LuxLeaks scandal should serve as a trigger for the EU to establish a European system of whistleblower protection, Virginie Rozière told EurActiv France.
UK & Europe 06-07-2016

Sir Julian King: 'We now support the evolution of the eurozone, without trying to hold it back'

The man tipped to become Britain's next EU Commissioner in Brussels, replacing Johnathan Hill, spoke to EurActiv.fr in an exclusive interview before the UK's referendum on EU membership. This is a translated version of the interview, originally given in French.
Euro & Finance 05-07-2016

Why Germany has had enough of Juncker

According to the Sunday Times, Angela Merkel sees Jean-Claude Juncker as "part of the problem" with the EU. But it was she who installed him at the head of the European Commission in 2014. So why the change of mind now? EurActiv's partner La Tribune reports.
Euro & Finance 29-06-2016

Luxleaks whistleblowers found guilty, given suspended sentence

Two whistleblowers have been found guilty in the so-called Luxleaks tax scandal, which put Jean-Claude Junker under pressure on his first weeks as president of the European Commission.
Euro & Finance 26-05-2016

EU carbon market fraudsters face heavy jail sentences

Carbon market fraud reveals the vulnerability of the EU's banking system. The speed of trading on the carbon market, coupled with lax enforcement in Cyprus and Lithuania, allowed French criminals to steal €283 million. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 26-05-2016

Member states fail to reach deal to tackle company tax avoidance

European Union finance ministers failed on Wednesday (25 May) to agree new rules to counter tax avoidance and deferred until June a possible deal on clamping down on schemes by multinational companies to disproportionately reduce tax bills.
Euro & Finance 11-05-2016

Greens/EFA: Blacklist USA as ‘world's largest tax haven’

It isn't just tropical nations like Panama that act as safe havens for tax avoiders; the US stands accused of the same thing according to a new study by the European Parliament's Green faction. EurActiv Germany reports.
Euro & Finance 27-04-2016

Activist: Panama Papers style tax-dodging costs lives in Africa

Tax evasion by multinational companies, such as that exposed by the Panama Papers, costs African countries up to 60% of the revenue they lose, which has massive implications for development aid, government budgets, and ultimately costs lives, says activist Stella Agara.
Euro & Finance 26-04-2016

LuxLeaks whistleblowers go on trial

Three people go on trial in Luxembourg today (26 April) over the so-called LuxLeaks scandal that exposed the country's huge tax breaks for major international companies, with the issue riding high after the recent Panama Papers revelations.
Europe's East 15-04-2016

EU foreign ministers to discuss Panama Papers

EXCLUSIVE/EU foreign ministers meeting are expected to discuss the fallout from the Panama Papers at their meeting next week, it emerged today (15 April) – even though the topic is not on the formal agenda.
Euro & Finance 15-04-2016

French National Front 'implicated' in Panama Papers

The French extreme right party has denounced tax evasion in the European Parliament, but several of Jean-Marie Le Pen’s close contacts have been implicated in the Panama Papers. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 13-04-2016

European Parliament vies to lead Panama Papers inquiry

The European Parliament will vote on whether to create a committee of inquiry into the Panama Papers this Thursday (14 April) - and may decide to merge the new body with the special committee on Tax Rulings. EurActiv France reports.
Elections 12-04-2016

Hoping to restore trust, Cameron tightens tax laws

British Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday (11 April) he was tightening laws to end tax evasion without deterring "aspiration", hoping to end scrutiny of his personal wealth and restore trust in his leadership.
Euro & Finance 08-04-2016

Commission revolutionises VAT to tackle fraud

VAT fraud costs EU taxpayers around €50 billion each year. But now the Commission is clamping down on this racket with an ambitious, if complex, overhaul of the European system. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 06-04-2016

Panama Papers: ‘Schäuble largely ignored shell companies’

The Panama Papers scandal has led German Justice Minister Heiko Maas to pledge the creation of a transparency register. However, the Greens' finance expert Gerhard Schick told EurActiv Germany that this is not a new idea and that the issue has been largely ignored despite evidence of wrongdoing.
Euro & Finance 05-04-2016

Corbyn to Cameron: Stop 'pussyfooting around on tax dodging'

The leader of Britain's main opposition party will call on government on Tuesday (5 April) to do more to tackle tax havens, saying it was time British Prime Minister David Cameron stopped "pussyfooting around on tax dodging".
Euro & Finance 05-04-2016

Germany plans new tax law on back of 'Panama Leaks' revelations

Germany is planning a new national transparency register that will oblige offshore companies to disclose the identity of their owners, Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Monday (4 April).
Euro & Finance 04-04-2016

Cañete embroiled in Panama Papers scandal

The wife of Miguel Arias Cañete is listed as a shareholder of an investment company in Panama, which the Climate Commissioner failed to mention in his declaration of interests. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 18-03-2016

NGOs reveal extensive use of tax havens by French banks

The public country-by-country reporting imposed by Paris on France’s big banks has revealed that they channel more than a third of their profits through countries with advantageous tax laws, a group of  NGOs have found. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 15-03-2016

Jersey and Guernsey struggle to justify zero business tax rate

Representatives from the Channel Islands appeared before the European Parliament’s TAXE committee to defend their jurisdiction’s 0% business tax rate. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 08-03-2016

EU tax transparency directive 'insufficient first step', activists say

An updated directive on the automatic exchange of information between national tax administrations received the green light by the EU’s 28 finance ministers on Tuesday (8 March).
Euro & Finance 04-03-2016

EU auditors slam inaction on VAT fraud

Member states' unwillingness to cooperate laves them wide open to VAT fraud, the European Court of Auditors said on Thursday (3 March). This weakness costs the EU as much as €168 billion per year. EurActiv France reports.
Euro & Finance 15-02-2016

EU signs transparency agreement with Andorra

Andorra has signed a fiscal-transparency agreement with the European Union with the aim of making it more difficult for European citizens to hide undeclared money in the country.
Euro & Finance 11-01-2016

EU shuts down Belgium tax breaks for multinationals

The European Union on Monday (11 January) closed a major tax break that Belgium offered to multinationals, reportedly including beer giant AB InBev and British American Tobacco, and ordered the companies to return €700 million euros in unpaid taxes.