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Digital 07-09-2018

Police raid offices of top French electrical firms in corruption probe

The offices of four of France’s largest electrical goods’ companies were raided by police on Thursday on suspicion of cartel pricing and corruption, a judicial source said.
EU-China 24-04-2018

OLAF suspects VAT fraud at China’s new gateway to Europe

European Union and Italian authorities are investigating suspected wide-scale tax fraud by Chinese criminal gangs importing goods via Greece’s largest port of Piraeus, a trade gateway between China and Europe, officials said.
Economy & Jobs 06-04-2018

EU now better prepared to tackle tax evasion

Two years after the Panama Papers scandal revealed the scope of tax haven activities, the EU has adopted new legislation and is now better prepared to tackle tax evasion and fraud. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.

Twenty EU countries sign off on new anti-fraud prosecutor

The European Commission welcomed on Thursday (June 8) a decision by 20 member states, including heavyweights Germany and France, to set up an independent EU public prosecutor's office which will combat cross-border tax evasion and fraud in the bloc.
Brexit 03-03-2017

Brexit could slam door on star footballers

European football’s top official fears superstar footballers with ongoing court cases, like Messi and Neymar, could be refused access to the UK after Brexit. He even indicated that European matches could be held elsewhere in a worst case scenario.
Euro & Finance 13-01-2017

ECB takes flak from Berlusconi and Schäuble

The European Central Bank faced a multi-pronged assault today (13 January) as former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berluscon was revealed to have filed a case against the bank and Germany’s finance minister told it how to do its job.
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Euro & Finance 20-09-2016

Apple ruling indicates EU, US must solve tax jungle

The EU and US administrations have to work, with others, to find an equitable, effective and mutually acceptable solution for taxing the corporate profits of multinational companies, writes Philippe de Schoutheete.
Euro & Finance 13-09-2016

A cashless society is a fairer society

Greater transparency is key to combatting VAT fraud and the shadow economy, writes Jason Lane.
Euro & Finance 13-07-2016

Panama Papers parliament committee keen to avoid LuxLeaks mistakes

The initial outrage provoked by the Panama Papers is over. Now that the dust has settled, a European Parliament committee will examine the case in detail. EURACTIV Germany reports.

MEP Tomáš Zdechovský: EU needs ‘Taxparency’ solution to fight tax evasion

The LuxLeaks case reminded Europe that it needs to deal with tax evasion which costs the EU budget billions of euros. A group of lawyers and economists put forward the so-called ‘Taxparency’ solution and believe they can gather political support.  “We have already presented it to Mr. Juncker, and he liked it,” Czech MEP Tomáš Zdechovský told EURACTIV Czech Republic in an exclusive interview.
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Economy & Jobs 07-11-2014

Juncker will not face MEPs over Luxembourg tax deals

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is reluctant to face MEPs next week to shed light on whether the secret tax deals between more than 300 international companies and Luxembourg are in accordance with EU law.
EU Elections 2014 07-11-2014

Juncker resists calls to face MEPs over ‘Luxembourg leaks’

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is reluctant to face MEPs next week, and shed light on whether the secret tax deals between more than 300 international companies and Luxembourg are in accordance with EU law.
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Economy & Jobs 01-10-2014

Banks as tax collectors? EBF-FBF Tax conference reviews FTT, CRS

The 2014 international tax conference of the European Banking Federation, held on Monday in Paris, has reviewed Sunday’s endorsement by G20 Finance Ministers of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) that the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) proposed as a model for a global Automatic Exchange of Information. http://www.ebf-fbe.eu/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/EBF_010514-EBF-Tax-Conference-reviews-progress-on-Common-Reporting-Standards.pdf The conference was an opportunity for the EBF to express its concerns about the CRS: its lack of proportionality, the crucial need for consistency across jurisdictions and for full EU-OECD alignment, the need for a proper examination of all legal and constitutional implications, notably in the field of data protection, and the need for the immediate creation of a review process. The CRS model will require financial institutions to automatically exchange detailed account information with tax authorities in their country. In addition the conference discussed the impact of a possible tax on financial transactions, known as FTT. This tax threatens to introduce regulatory and tax uncertainty in the 11 EU Member States that are currently considering it and risks damaging economic growth in Europe as whole.
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Schulz vows to tackle gender pay gap

Presenting his election programme in Brussels on Wednesday (7 May), socialist campaign frontman Martin Schulz said the gender pay gap was "dramatic" and would be a priority in the EU if he became the next President of the European Commission.

Switzerland to speed up measures against tax evasion

Switzerland must adopt a position on sharing bank client data with foreign tax authorities more quickly than originally thought and cannot hold back until all other countries have introduced the practice, its finance minister told a Swiss newspaper.
Trade & Society 12-02-2014

Brussels wages new battle against VAT fraud

The European Commission wants to ease tax information exchange with countries such as Norway and Russia which provide e-commerce and telecom services, but some big member states are still reluctant to share.

Belgian Commissioner De Gucht to face trial for tax fraud

The Belgian tax authorities have asked Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht to pay the state some €900,000 for not having reported a €1.2 million gain he and his wife made from a transaction before he became commissioner in 2009.
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Economy & Jobs 08-11-2013

EU defends Trade Commissioner De Gucht amid tax fraud scandal

As EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht is facing charges for fiscal fraud in Belgium, the European Commission defended on Friday the Commissioner's 'presumption of innocence'. According to the Belgian press, the country's  tax authorities have reportedly asked the Commissioner's family to pay almost 1 million euros in unpaid taxes. But the EU executive said that De Gucht has already told President Jose Manuel Barroso that he did nothing wrong in the case.
Euro & Finance 28-10-2013

‘Luxembourg is a rogue state, Ireland a parasite state’, says French MP

In an interview with EURACTIV.fr, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, the former French presidential candidate and leader of a small anti-euro conservative party, calls on France to impose minimum conditions on fiscal policy at the EU level, denouncing the fiscal dumping of Luxembourg and Ireland.
Development Policy 20-06-2013

G8 still has a mountain to climb on tax avoidance, but it’s made a start

Will anything change for developing countries as a result of the G8's agreement to tackle global tax dodging? Melanie Ward provides an answer.
Development Policy 19-06-2013

G8 summit mulls action on tax evasion

The world's rich economies said they would take a tougher stance on fighting money laundering and tax evasion but promised little in the way of specific new action at the end of a two-day summit yesterday (18 June).
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EU Priorities 2020 23-05-2013

EU leaders commit to step up fight against tax evasion

After a snap EU Summit in Brussels on Wednesday, EU leaders committed to seeking EU-wide measures to tackle tax evasion and reduce bank secrecy. Europe's leaders also pushed for proposals on sharing bank information, which would make tax fraud easier to spot. Austria, which had been a strong opponent, agreed to support the proposal. EU Council president Herman van Rompuy insisted that tax harmonisation across the EU was not on the cards.
EU Priorities 2020 23-05-2013

EU leaders spearhead global clampdown on tax fraud

EU leaders committed to seek a broad global agreement to share data on foreign depositors to stymie tax-shirking companies and individuals at a summit in Brussels yesterday (22 May). Austria lifted its opposition in principle but support could fade should efforts to strike a similar deal with Switzerland fail.
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Economy & Jobs 21-05-2013

European parliament calls for a Europe-wide tax haven blacklist

MEPs on Tuesday urged member states to step up the fight against tax havens and improve tax collection. The call for a pan-European blacklist of tax havens came ahead of the EU Summit on Wednesday, when EU leaders are due to meet in Brussels to discuss ways to close the current 1 trillion euro tax gap in Europe.