Answer given by Mr Šemeta on behalf of the Commission
The Honourable Member is informed as follows:
In their examination of the matter, the Commission's services found no sufficient evidence to substantiate claims that the scheme was, during its lifetime, an obstacle to the smooth operation of anti-money laundering reporting mechanisms. On the contrary, the Commission possesses evidence suggesting that a significant number of money laundering suspicious transactions were reported by financial intermediaries during the scheme's lifetime.
The Commission will continue monitoring this matter in order to ensure the correct application of EC law in this area.
Tax amnesties are a political choice and the responsibility of the Member States. In this respect they are permitted a certain discretion within the constraints of EC law.