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Wednesday, 22 May 2013 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Fight against tax fraud, tax evasion and tax havens (A7-0162/2013 - Mojca Kleva Kekuš)
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  Marta Andreasen (ECR). - Madam President, no one denies that well-funded companies and wealthy investors may be trying to avoid tax. The tax avoiders are mostly in Europe, America or other developed countries. However, when we talk about tax havens, they are mostly in small jurisdictions outside of those countries. This report is really a request for the EU to start controlling tax policy over which it has no competence.

Tax is the competence of national governments in the EU and elsewhere. The truth is that clamping down on tax havens requires agreement between all the governments involved; otherwise, it is a pointless exercise. In any case we already have the OECD’s Financial Action Task Force working on this. Europe just wants to get its hands on what is at present a sovereign matter for the nations of Europe. One cannot help thinking that this is exactly what they wanted in the first place.

 
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