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Parliamentary question - E-002785/2016(ASW)Parliamentary question

    Answer given by Mr Moscovici on behalf of the Commission

    The Commission does not have its own estimate on tax avoidance by wealthy individuals at EU level.

    The Commission already has a vigorous agenda for fairer and more effective taxation. The Commission has presented major initiatives to increase tax transparency and launch corporate tax reforms within the EU[1] and a new EU Strategy to promote tax good governance internationally. The Commission is now considering further measures that may need to be taken. In particular, focus will be given to reinforcing the transparency requirements for beneficial ownership and developing common EU list of third countries that do not respect international tax good governance standards. The Commission will also explore the possibility of introducing more effective disincentives for promoters and enablers who help clients conceal money offshore.

    The fight against tax evasion and avoidance is closely linked to the EU's wider economic objectives of fiscal sustainability. If Member States want sustainable revenues and fair taxation, they need a strong and coordinated stance against tax evasion and avoidance. This does not entail targeting a particular group (e.g. wealthy individuals) but rather ensuring that every company and individual pays their fair share of tax. The Commission has worked quickly to provide the framework to deliver this. Moreover, within the European Semester, the Commission has consistently recommended to strengthen tax administrations and ensure proper measures to combat evasion and fraud.