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Fiscalis programme: Deal reached for better cross-border cooperation between tax authorities

Today, the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission reached a conclusion in the Fiscalis programme negotiations for improving cross-border cooperation between tax authorities. The Fiscalis programme helps tax authorities in the exchange of information, development of IT tools and common tax audits. This is key to the fight against tax evasion and avoidance […]

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EU’s tax haven blacklist starting to have an impact

European Union Finance Ministers (ECOFIN) have just agreed to further expand the list of jurisdictions included on the EU’s tax haven blacklist and which countries will remain on the grey list for further scrutiny. The blacklist, which is designed to promote a responsible tax policy worldwide and to ensure that the European Union’s international partners […]

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Trialogue agreement: breakthrough for whistleblower protection

An agreement on European whistleblower protection has just been reached midnight in the trialogue between the European Parliament, Commission and Council. Many years of Green campaigning for the protection of whistleblowers end in success. The German and French governments had tried for a long time to block this agreement. It was intense public criticism that […]

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Whistleblower: Public pressure makes agreement likely tonight

At tonight’s trilogue meeting of the European Parliament, EU Commission and Council of Member States on whistleblower protection, a deal is considered likely. The crucial point is whether whistleblowers are forced to report internally in order to be guaranteed legal protection in the event of subsequent external reports to supervisors, or later to press or […]

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The pro-European party CDU says farewell to European democracy

CDU Chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK) has outlined guidelines for her European policy in a guest article in the newspaper Die Welt. She called for intergovernmentalism and the European community method to be regarded as equal. MEP Sven Giegold, financial and economic policy spokesperson of the Greens/EFA group commented: „This is a breach of tradition that […]

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Pro-European list rejected for European election: Romania must allow fair and free EU elections

In Romania, the „Central Electoral Office“ did not approve the joint list “Alliance 2020 USR PLUS” of the two political parties USR and PLUS for the European elections. MEP Sven Giegold, the European Parliament’s rapporteur for transparency, accountability and integrity in the EU institutions and spokesperson for Bündnis 90/Die Grünen in the European Parliament, commented: […]

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Strong sign against male dominance in EU top finance positions: European Parliament postpones appointments

The European Commission and the Council have again shortlisted only men for the most recent nominations for top positions in EU financial authorities, despite earlier appeals by the European Parliament for more gender balance. Following last week’s votes in the ECON Committee on the appointment of José Manuel Campa as Chairman of the European Banking […]

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EU top positions in finance: High time for equal rights rather than red roses

The European Commission and the Council have again shortlisted only men for the most recent three nominations for top positions in EU financial authorities, despite earlier appeals by the European Parliament for more gender balance. Following last week’s votes in the ECON Committee on the appointment of José Manuel Campa as Chairperson of the European […]

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Whistleblower: Blockade by German and French governments loses supporters

Last night a trilogue meeting of the European Parliament, the EU Commission and the Council failed to reach the hoped-for agreement on European minimum protection for whistleblowers. The Council continued to insist on the obligation for whistleblowers to report first to their own company or authority (first stage), before they can turn to an external […]