Greens / Efa Priority

Tax Justice

Tax avoidance is a threat to our democracy. Since the Luxleaks scandal, the Greens pushed hard for change and got the European Parliament to support tax transparency. But the fight continues.

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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 16-19 January 2017

Greens/EFA priorities for the Strasbourg Plenary included: EP Presidency; Greens/EFA candidate for EP Presidency; EP Vice-Presidency; New MEPs joins Greens/EFA Group; Brexit; European Pillar of Social Rights; International Science and Technology Centre; Union Customs Code implementation; Money-laundering blacklist.


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Money laundering

European Parliament sends Commission back to the drawing board on money-laundering blacklist

The European Parliament today rejected a delegated act on third countries at high-risk of money laundering, and has urged the Commission to make a new assessment on which countries should be included on the blacklist.


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Maltese EU Presidency and tax practices

New report shows island state is a tax haven

At the start of the Maltese EU Presidency, the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament has today presented a study on the country’s tax practices. The study, written by the Italian-British academic, Tommaso Faccio, shows that Malta would be included in the list of tax havens if the crit...


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Implications of Maltese presidency for EU tax reforms

Is Malta a Tax Haven?

The Greens publish a new report on Malta’s tax system, which offers a number of advantages for foreign multinationals and wealthy individuals.


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The trial of a “Faucheur de Chaise”

Do you know the difference between Antoine Deltour, whistleblower in the Luxleaks scandal, and Jon Palais, French citizen seizing chairs? When it comes to justice: none. They are both prosecuted for denouncing something morally wrong and costly to our societies, while the real culprits walk free.


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Appeals procedure against whistleblowers Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet as well as journalist Edouard Perrin

Joint statement by whistleblowers Ana Garrido, Brigitte Heinisch, Jonathan Sugarman and András Horváth together with Greens/EFA Members of the European Parliament

We, whistleblowers and Members of the European Parliament, express our solidarity with the LuxLeaks whistleblowers Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet, as well as the journalist, Edouard Perrin, who all served the public interest by shedding light on illegal tax avoidance schemes in Europe. Retalia...


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Tax shopping

Exploring Zara's tax business

 The countdown to Christmas is well underway and for most of us, December is the month of shopping fever. While you are wondering what to get Grandma for this special day (and praying you won’t get that ugly pullover again this year), others have been tax shopping. And this is a much less...


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Corporate Tax Avoidance

Zara caught tax shopping

The Greens/EFA group has today presented a report on the tax avoidance strategies of Inditex, the Spanish based owner behind clothes retailer Zara (1). Research commissioned by the group shows that Inditex avoided at least €585 million in taxes for the period 2011-2014, by using aggressive avoidan...


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After the Panama Papers: towards fair corporate taxation in Europe

After the Panama Papers the Green Group in the European Parliament pushed hard for political action and played a leading role in obtaining an inquiry committee, which started working in July 2016. There are also several national and regional inquiry committees to examine current tax practices of mem...


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Finance Ministers agree on criteria to define tax havens

Will US be screened accordingly, after Trump’s victory?

This post was supposed to be about yesterday’s European Finance Ministers meeting and their decision on criteria to screen non-European countries who are deemed to be tax havens. These criteria will ultimately lead to some countries appearing on the first European common backlist of tax havens at the end of 2017.


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Corporate tax avoidance

New research shows chemical giant BASF uses toxic tax tricks to avoid €923 million in tax

A chemical giant abusing their powers... It might sound like the plot to a trashy old movie, found in the bargain bin on an old VHS. But sadly, it is merely the latest episode in a long-running real life horror saga. After Google, Amazon, Starbucks, McDonalds, IKEA, and Apple, you can now add BASF to the ever growing list of major companies caught not paying their fair share of taxes.


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Corporate Tax Avoidance

Greens uncover new tax scandal involving chemicals giant BASF

  The Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament has uncovered that chemical giant BASF used aggressive tax strategies and a series of ‘tax tricks’ to avoid paying almost a billion euros in tax over a five year period between 2010 and 2014.  The new revelations come ahea...


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