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Moscovici asks the Council to "step on the accelerator" against tax evasion

The European Commissioner for Economic Affairs, Pierre Moscovici, called today in the plenary of the European Parliament that the Council of the European Union (the countries) "step on the accelerator" to take measures against tax evasion, at the meeting of finance ministers next December 5.

Strasbourg (France), Nov 14 (EFE) .- The European Commissioner for Economic Affairs, Pierre Moscovici, called today in the plenary of the European Parliament for the Council of the European Union (the countries) "step on the accelerator" to take measures against tax evasion, at the meeting of finance ministers next December 5.

Thus, in the framework of the debate on the "Papers of Paradise", Moscovici reiterated the importance of transparency and the convergence of tax rules, as he assured that "the fraud system thrives due to divergences" between the norms of the different member states.

For this reason, it committed itself that before 2018 the Council adopts "a blacklist of tax havens", he pointed out that "there is no time to lose" and He encouraged the member states to promote measures, since "the ball is in their hands", he added.

In the debate in the European Parliament, the MEP representative of the European People's Party, Ludek Niedermayer, recalled that "tax regimes increase inequality", so he called for "clearer rules" for the member states, and specifically called for the ministers of Economy "do not opt ​​for cheap excuses and modernize tax legislation".

The president of the European Socialists and Democrats, Gianni Pittella, accused the EU Council of "doing very little or almost nothing "and urged countries to develop a" credible list "of tax havens, a definition of them and to provide sanctions for evaders.

In the debate Spanish MEP Miguel Urbán (Podemos) also spoke on behalf of the GUE / NGL group, who highlighted that it is "a structural issue", after which he recalled the involvement of politicians in these cases of tax evasion, so he asked "take letters to end the revolving doors."

Likewise, the liberal Spanish MEP Maite Pagazaurtundúa (UPyD) He mentioned the involvement in the "paradise papers" of former Barcelona Mayor Xavier Trias and regretted that this is a problem that "Member States can not cope with in a system globalized ", reason why he assured that" they can not act alone ".

For its part, the Portuguese socialist Maria Joao Rodrigues proposed the creation of a special temporary commission on the tax evasion, following the "paradise papers", the tenth case of tax evasion that has been uncovered in the European Union since 2008.

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