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Green light for a permanent tax committee

Tax


Tonight, coordinators in the Economic and Monetary Affairs committee of the European Parliament agreed to create a permanent sub-committee on tax and financial crime.

The Conference of Presidents of the Parliament will now need to approve the sub-committee and the precise mandate has yet to be agreed.

The sub-committee follows on from three special committees and an inquiry committee and is a long standing demand of the Greens/EFA group.

Sven Giegold MEP, Greens/EFA Coordinator in the Economic and Monetary Affairs committee and spokesperson on economic affairs, comments:

"Tonight's decision is a victory for all of us who want to see an end to the dodgy tax practices and illicit activities that undermine the global financial system and divide our societies.

"Now, finally the Parliament will have the tools to be proactive and stronger in in the fight against tax avoidance, evasion and related financial crimes.

"With important reforms coming up like improving EU anti-money laundering standards and updating tax rules for the digital economy, there will be plenty of work for the Parliament to ensure Member States deliver for EU citizens.

"Now it's up to the new European Commission to show the same kind of ambition in the fight against tax avoidance and evasion."

Molly Scott Cato MEP, Greens/EFA shadow rapporteur on the previous Tax 3 committee and spokesperson on tax comments:

"Every couple of years, we've had scandals from Lux Leaks to the Panama Papers and the Parliament has only been reactive through various ad hoc committees. Now, the Parliament is sending a strong message that it is on the side of European citizens and we can only fix our broken tax system if we work together at the European level.

"We will never achieve social justice without tax justice, which is why this is victory for citizens for European parliament to finally create a permanent subcommittee on tax.

"Now is the time for all EU Member States to finally take the issue of tax evasion and avoidance seriously."