Finance

VAT/sales tax

EU Commission proposing to continue patchwork framework

The European Commission today presented proposals to reform the rules governing value added tax in the EU. Commenting on the proposals, UK Green MEP and tax policy spokesperson Molly Scott Cato said: "Reform of the EU's complicated VAT system is overdue and we welcome that the Commission is wil...


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Tax avoidance/Panama Leaks

EU Parliament must set up inquiry committee

In response to the Panama Leaks revelations, which showed wealthy individuals and firms channel funds through offshore firms to avoid paying taxes, the Greens have called for an immediate response at EU level. The Greens/EFA group is leading the push for the creation of a European Parliament inquiry...


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Tax avoidance/money laundering

Panama leaks revelations underlines how EU still failing to tackle tax avoidance

In response to the Panama Leaks revelations, which showed wealthy individuals and firms channel funds through offshore firms to avoid paying taxes, the Greens have called for an immediate response at EU level. Commenting on the findings and their implications, Green tax spokesperson Sven Giegold sai...


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Tax transparency

Big companies will have to disclose more tax details, but limited to Europe

This may look like a bad April Fools' Day joke, but it's not. According to a leaked document obtained by Politico on 21st of March, the European Commission plans to (finally) launch an initiative for greater corporate tax transparency... except it contains many loopholes that risk undermining the whole project.


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Time to change the record on corporate tax-dodging

A blog by MEP Molly Scott-Cato

"We follow the rules"..."We follow the rules"..."We follow the rules". Anyone listening to a recording of yesterday's hearings on tax havens in the European Parliament could be forgiven for thinking that somehow the soundtrack was stuck on repeat, so often was this phr...


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IKEA Tax Avoidance

Philippe Lamberts


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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 7-11 March 2016

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg plenary included EU summit on the refugee crisis and Schengen, the possible re-approval of glyphosate, the report on tackling fraud with EU funds, women refugees and asylum seekers in focus on Women's Day, the controversial EU deal with tobacco industry, the report on children's rights in criminal proceedings


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Tax transparency

we are getting tired of waiting!

Several tax matters have been discussed this week in the Brussels bubble and ‘spoiler alert’, you haven’t missed much of the last episode. Last Tuesday (08.03.2016), Finance Ministers from all over Europe gathered in Brussels to agree on a new tax reform. Soon, very large companies (a bit mor...


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The Greens/EFA Co-Presidents' briefing

08.03.2016

LIVE press conference 8 March 2016 10:30-10:50

Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts present the key issues of the plenary session and of the European agenda for the Greens/EFA group


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Corporate tax transparency

Half-measures must be followed by fully public provisions

EU finance ministers today agreed to make the largest corporations operating in the EU report their activities to tax administrations. The new measures fall far short of the full country-by-country reporting obligations demanded by the European Parliament for ensuring full transparency of corporatio...


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Anti-corruption report led by Greens gains overwhelming majority in the European Parliament

Greens/EFA Member Benedek Javor has achieved a broad coalition within the European Parliament on a report to safeguard the EU’s financial interests (the PIF report) and increase the confidence of citizens by ensuring that their money is used properly, efficiently and effectively. The greatest br...


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