EU ministers propose ‘urgent’ measures after Panama scandal | Pakistan Today

EU ministers propose ‘urgent’ measures after Panama scandal

EU finance ministers endorsed a series of measures on Saturday to fight tax evading methods used by Europeans exposed by the Panama Papers scandal.

“The sense of urgency is definitely much bigger,” said Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the finance minister from the Netherlands that holds the EU’s rotating presidency, on the second day of talks in Amsterdam.

“We’ve been (so) very busy competing with each other … that big companies tend not to pay taxes,” said Dijsselbloem who is also head of the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers.

The EU’s 28 member governments at “very committed to close the gaps”, he added.

Among the measures, the EU will propose a joint list of tax havens to expose jurisdictions used by European individuals and companies to evade or minimise taxes.

“There is unanimous support that Europe create its own list of tax havens by this summer,” said European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici.

This could prove difficult however, with EU countries already having individual lists based on highly different criteria.

The ministers also backed a proposal by the EU’s top powers to automatically exchange data in order to expose the real owners of shell companies.

Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain unveiled the measure at G20 talks in Washington last week.

“There is an assumed and converging willingness to fight any anonymous mechanisms” that aid tax evasion and money laundering, said French Finance Minister Michel Sapin.

The EU member countries will also launch talks next week on new rules requiring big companies operating in Europe to make public what they earn in each member state of the 28-nation bloc, Dijsselbloem said.

Country-by-country reporting has for years been a major demand of tax activists who accuse big corporations of secretly shifting profits to low-tax jurisdictions, often through the use of shell companies.

EU governments are divided on the proposal, with some arguing that sensitive corporate data should remain exclusive to tax authorities and not made public.

“I think we should not overshoot in tackling these things out of the hysteria on Panama,” said Austrian Finance Minister Hans Joerg Schelling.

Related posts

One Comment;

  1. Disgusting said:

    And our ministers are working out how to delay or deny. What have we become over the years of Nawaz/ Shahbaz/Zardari syndrome! We have to shed this load of corruption off sooner than we thought earlier. They have virtually damaged our moral and social values. They must be weeded out of our political life for good. We call them leaders! What a shame person like R Malik a leader? Then Fazlul another! We need to wake up before they destroy us Pakistanis.

Comments are closed.