Procedure : 2015/0285(NLE)
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Document selected : A8-0047/2016

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A8-0047/2016

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PV 09/03/2016 - 11.3
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P8_TA(2016)0077

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29.2.2016
PE 575.281v02-00 A8-0047/2016

on the proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Amending Protocol to the Agreement between the European Community and the Principality of Andorra providing for measures equivalent to those laid down in Council Directive 2003/48/EC on taxation of savings income in the form of interest payments

(COM(2015)0631 – C8‑0028/2016 – 2015/0285(NLE))

Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

Rapporteur: Miguel Viegas

(Simplified procedure – Rule 50(1) of the Rules of Procedure)

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

DRAFT EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION

on the proposal for a Council decision on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Union, of the Amending Protocol to the Agreement between the European Community and the Principality of Andorra providing for measures equivalent to those laid down in Council Directive 2003/48/EC on taxation of savings income in the form of interest payments

(COM(2015)0631 – C8‑0028/2016 – 2015/0285(NLE))

(Consultation)

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to the proposal for a Council decision (COM(2015)0631),

–  having regard to the draft Amending Protocol to the Agreement between the European Community and the Principality of Andorra providing for measures equivalent to those laid down in Council Directive 2003/48/EC on taxation of savings income in the form of interest payments (15510/2015),

–  having regard to Article 115 and Article 218(6), second subparagraph, point (b), and paragraph (8), second subparagraph, of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, pursuant to which the Council consulted Parliament (C8‑0028/2016),

–  having regard to Rules 59, 108(7) and 50(1) of its Rules of Procedure,

–  having regard to the report of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (A8-0047/2016),

1.  Approves conclusion of the Amending Protocol to the Agreement;

2.  Instructs its President to forward its position to the Council, the Commission and the governments and parliaments of the Member States and of the Principality of Andorra.

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

The European Union and Andorra signed an agreement on 12 February 2016 on the automatic exchange of financial account information, aimed at improving international tax cooperation and compliance.

The agreement represents an important step in ongoing efforts to clamp down on tax fraud and tax evasion and upgrades the 2004 agreement that ensured that Andorra applied measures equivalent to those in an EU directive on the taxation of savings income.

Under the new agreement, the EU Member States and Andorra will automatically exchange information on the financial accounts held on their territories by each other's residents, starting in 2018 for information collected since 1 January 2017. The aim is to address situations where a taxpayer seeks to hide capital representing income or assets for which taxes have not been paid.

The agreement aims at ensuring that Andorra applies strengthened measures that are equivalent to the EU legal framework, as upgraded in December 2014 (amending the Directive on Administrative Cooperation, "DAC2") and that comply with the procedures for automatic exchange of financial account information promoted by the 2014 OECD Global standard. It will also benefit Andorra which has recently reformed its domestic tax system with the introduction of personal income taxation for its residents.

In line with that OECD standard, further provisions in the agreement aim at securing that exchanged information concerns not only income such as interest and dividends, but also account balances and proceeds from the sale of financial assets. Unconditional exchange of information upon request must also be provided under the new agreement, in accordance with the latest developments of the OECD and EU work in this area.

As a result of the new agreement, tax administrations in the Member States and in Andorra will be able to:

- identify correctly and unequivocally the taxpayers concerned;

- administer and enforce their tax laws in cross-border situations;

- assess the likelihood of tax evasion being perpetrated;

- avoid unnecessary further investigations.

Your rapporteur fully welcomes and supports the agreement.

The EU and Andorra have agreed for the agreement to have an entry into force on 1 January 2017, subject to the completion of their respective internal procedures, and your rapporteur strongly urges that the agreement is concluded and ratified as soon as possible in order to ensure a timely entry into force.

RESULT OF FINAL VOTE IN COMMITTEE RESPONSIBLE

Simplified procedure - date of decision

10.9.2015

Date adopted

25.2.2016

 

 

 

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