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Pandora Papers show urgent need for more action on tax evasion and money laundering

New revelations, known as the Pandora Papers, were released by the International Consortium for Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and partners which reveal apparent tax evasion and money laundering by the global elite. The investigations show that tax evasion and financial crime continue on a vast scale through letterbox companies and trus…
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Parliament report shows Member States must raise the bar on tax cooperation in Europe

Members of the European Parliament voted on a report from Greens/EFA MEP Sven Giegold that assesses the implementation of EU rules regarding the exchange of tax information between Member States. It is the first implementation report the European Parliament has ever put forward in the area of economic and monetary policy. The European “Di…
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LuxLetters show Luxembourg tried to bypass exchange of information implemented after LuxLeaks - quote from Sven Giegold MEP

New revelations from an international investigation reveals secret tax practices in Luxembourg that could be in breach of EU tax transparency rules. The "LuxLetters" show the existence of a system of 'information letters' between the authorities in Luxembourg and multinational companies designed to gather information on permissible tax pr…
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EU Budget: Lack of transparency around agricultural spending & conflicts of interest damage confidence in EU decision making

This week, MEPs are voting on 52 separate 'discharge reports' on the various EU institutions and agencies for 2019. The Discharge procedure is a chance to examine EU spending and verify whether the EU budget has been used efficiently and legally. The votes on the Discharge reports come days after the Commission released its long awaited a…
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Parliament votes set out steps for EIB to become EU Climate Bank

The European Parliament has made clear its demands on the level of ambition that the Bank would have to reach to become the European Climate Bank. The European Investment Bank has set climate ambitious targets for itself, but it’s time for words to be followed by actions.
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Plenary session debriefing

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included the programme of the German Presidency, prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing, EU Hydrogen Strategy, chemicals strategy for sustainability, boosting Roma inclusion process in Europe, state of play Rule of Law in Member States,...
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Plenary Flash - July session

This week, the Parliament will debate on the programme of the German Presidency of the EU with Chancellor Merkel, on prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing, EU hydrogen strategy, Roma inclusion,... Discover all the other major topics on the agenda and the Greens/EFA priority issues
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A Greens/EFA take on the plenary week

Greens/EFA priorities for the plenary week included anti-racism protests following the death of George Floyd, Hong Kong, sustainable investment/taxonomy, tax sub-committee, the Disability Strategy, the animal transport inquiry committee, investigation against the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic on the misuse of EU funds and potential…
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A wake-up call for common fiscal policy in the eurozone

The German Constitutional Court declared the decisions of the European Central Bank on the Public Sector Purchase Programme to be contrary to its powers. The lesson to be learnt from this judgment must be that the governments of the eurozone must come back to terms with reality. A common fiscal policy will ease the burden on monetary poli…
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Majority of EU leaders keep kicking the can down the road

We need a big effort to tackle the economic and financial crisis with solidarity and a recovery package, including increasing the European budget, setting up a vast recovery fund and sharing responsibility within the European Union. As a package, all measures can achieve European financial and economic recovery.