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PRESS CONFERENCE: Bahamas / Panama Leaks AND Greens/EFA MEPs launch whistleblowing platform


PRESS CONFERENCE: Bahamas / Panama Leaks AND Greens/EFA MEPs launch whistleblowing platform

 

Dear correspondents,

The first meeting of the Committee of Inquiry into Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion (PANA) will be held tomorrow (Tuesday, September 27). The Committee will hear from the investigative journalists of the ICIJ who originally uncovered the Panama Papers.

The session will be live-streamed at: europarl.europa.eu/committees/de/pana/home.html

Following the Panama Committee session, I invite you to attend the launch of our project „EU Leaks“. Whistleblowers, such as Antoine Deltour, already contributed a lot in uncovering wrong doing. The Luxembourg Leaks contributed enormously to the fight for tax justice and revealed institutional failure in tax dumping.

However, a European law for the protection of whistleblowers is still missing. To give whistleblowers a secure platform to uncover maladministration in the EU or shortcomings in the implementation of EU law in the member states, me along with other members of the Group of the Greens / EFA set up the online platform www.euleaks.eu. On the platform, whistleblowers can upload documents securely and anonymously: Technically and legally, we have pulled all strings possible so that employees of banks, national administration and the European Commission can forward any deficits with as little risk as possible.

 

Therefore, I invite warmly to tomorrows press conference, where I, together with Philippe Lamberts, and the other participating MEPs in the project, will be there to answer your questions regarding the platform.

 

When: September 27 (Tuesday) at midday

Where: Press conference room Anna Politkovskaya in the European Parliament (PHS 0A50)

Livestream of the press conference: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/en/other-events/video?event=20160927-1200-SPECIAL-UNKN

 

Other MEPs in attendance: Pascal Durand, Bas Eickhout, Sven Giegold, Benedek Jávor, Eva Joly, Ernest Maragall, Michel Reimon, Molly Scott Cato, Bart Staes, and Ernest Urtasun.

Following the press conference, from 12:30 there will be the opportunity to ask questions on the platform to all attending members in the press bar.