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06/12/2016

Corbyn to Cameron: Stop ‘pussyfooting around on tax dodging’

Topic: tax evasion


Euro & Finance 01-12-2016

Under pressure from national governments, Commission lowers VAT rates for e-books

Booksellers will be able to sell e-books with low VAT rates to match the discounts already applied to paper books under a change to EU tax law announced today (1 December).
Development Policy 14-11-2016

Development NGO: Rich countries gaming tax avoidance blacklist

Europe is pushing new legislation to fight tax avoidance and tax evasion. But these initiatives are not always helpful for developing countries, which are struggling to improve their tax systems, Tove Ryding told EurActiv.com
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Trade & Society 03-10-2016

Changing trends in smuggling “Illicit whites”, a concern for EU security and revenues

The illicit tobacco trade is a global issue with a major impact on the EU, accounting for an estimated 10.4% of the cigarette market worldwide.
Euro & Finance 22-09-2016

Commission ready to sanction Kroes after missing her confession

The European Commission said there was "scope" to slap sanctions on its former competition policy chief Neelie Kroes, embroiled in the Bahamas Leaks scandal, after taking five days to react to an e-mail where she confessed having transgressed the rules.
Euro & Finance 31-08-2016

After Apple, EU may focus on companies closer to home

Multinational companies can expect the European Commission to press on with a crack down on sweetheart tax deals after handing Apple a breathtaking demand for €13 billion, officials and experts said on Wednesday (31 August).
Digital 30-08-2016

Commission’s Apple tax clawback violates Irish sovereignty, claims Dublin

The European Commission today (30 August) hit Apple with a €13 billion clawback of unpaid taxes in Ireland, but Dublin branded the move a violation of its sovereignty and both the country and the US tech giant immediately said they would appeal the decision.
Euro & Finance 17-08-2016

Britain targets financial advisers with new tax-avoidance fines

Britain set out plans on Wednesday (17 August) to punish financial advisers who tell their clients how to avoid paying tax, including hefty fines designed to target what it called the "supply chain of tax avoidance".
Euro & Finance 02-08-2016

Luxembourg appeals verdicts in Luxleaks tax scandal

Luxembourg has lodged an appeal against the verdicts handed down to three LuxLeaks whistleblowers who exposed the small duchy's huge tax breaks for giant multinationals, the justice department said Tuesday (2 August).
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".