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One year after the Panama Papers, the EU’s drive for increased financial transparency risks falling short

Jasper De Meyer

06 Apr 2017 14:41:31

On the morning of 4 April 2016, exactly one year ago, citizens around the world woke up to yet another shocking tax scandal. The leaking of 11.5 million confidential documents from Mossack Fonseca showed how the Panamanian law firm helped its clients through the use of offshore anonymous company and trust structures to launder money, dodge sanctions and evade taxation. In the weeks which followed, the Panama Papers put the issue of anonymous company ownership high on the international agenda. The European Commissioner responsible for taxation, Pierre Moscovici, said that the use of offshore companies in order to hide financial assets from tax authorities was “immoral, unethical and, in one word, unacceptable”. He said that the EU had “a duty” to act and put an end to the kind of tax ...
by Koen Roovers, EU Lead Advocate at the Financial Transparency Coalition. This post was originally published on the Financial Transparency Coalition's website. Earlier this week, the Dutch Finance Minister, Mr Dijsselbloem, announced that the government ...
This week’s European Union (EU) meeting of finance ministers in Brussels for the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) produced strong rhetoric about the importance of tackling tax evasion and tax fraud, but offered little in the way of concrete ...