Big companies paying their fair share of taxes

one step closer towards real transparency?

This week, the European Commission published the outcome of its online public consultation on fiscal transparency. Following the Luxleaks scandal, the European Commission promised some concrete actions in 2015 to promote greater tax transparency, in order to ensure that companies pay their fair sha...


President Jean-Claude Juncker is making a farce of the fight against tax avoidance

Exchange of views with Mr Juncker in TAXE - 17 September 2015

It was a long-awaited and well-attended hearing of the European Parliament Special Committee on tax rulings (TAXE) which took place last week. It is indeed not every day that the President of the European Commission himself, Jean-Claude Juncker and two Commissioners visit our committee to discuss t...

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EP tax investigation

Lobbyists from non-compliant firms to lose access to EU Parliament

Lobbyists from corporations which refused to cooperate with the European Parliament's special committee investigating tax issues should lose access to the European Parliament according to MEPs on the committee. The proposal, which was made by Greens/EFA MEP Sven Giegold, has secured the support of t...

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Beware what lies beneath

The European Greens do not believe that TTIP represents the kind of transatlantic relationship we need. As it currently stands, TTIP threatens our democracy and risks undermining our hard-won regulation and standards in a host of sectors.

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Greens/EFA Round up

Debriefing of the Strasbourg plenary week 7-11 September 2015

Greens/EFA priorities for the Brussels plenary included, seal products ban reinforced; keeping water as a basic right and public service; animal cloning and EU rules; the refugee crisis and Europe's chaotic response; the State of the Union debate.


Greens call for stronger recommendations to fight corporate tax avoidance in Europe

Meeting of the Special Committee on Tax rulings and other measures similar in nature or effect (TAXE)

On September 7th, the European Parliament's Special Committee on Tax rulings and other measures similar in nature or effect (TAXE) met for a first discussion on its draft report. After the Luxleaks scandal in November 2014, the Greens called for the creation of an inquiry committee in order to inve...


State of the Union 2015

Plenary debate on 9 September

Statement by Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts ahead of the debate on the State of the European Union 2015.


Greek bailout

Democratic control is essential

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has written to European Parliament president Martin Schulz, calling for a stronger involvement of the Parliament in the supervision of the latest Greek aid programme. While the Greens have been critical of the terms of the latest programme, they expressed their fu...


Greek bailout

Eurogroup needs to finally get real on Greek debt

Ahead of the meeting of Eurozone finance ministers on the agreement between the Greek government and its EU and IMF creditors on a new 3 year rescue programme, Greens/EFA president Philippe Lamberts said: “It is difficult to be enthusiastic about this agreement on Greece's latest rescue programme....

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