European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Pierre Moscovici, will receive on Wednesday May 25 at his office in the Berlaymont Palace, Brussels Ambassador of Panama in Belgium, Dario Ernesto Chirú to address issues of tax cooperation to ensure financial transparency and combat tax fraud.
According to agency sources they have reported the appointment has been requested by the Panamanian diplomat, but has been welcomed by the Commission of the European Union (EU).
In June 2015, the European Commission published a list of 30 tax havens which included Panama elaborated on the basis of blacklisting of member countries. It was a list widely criticized for being considered incomplete or insufficiently based on updated data.
European Commission sources have told reporters that “Panama is still on the blacklist of eight member countries of the Union qualified as a country that does not meet the political standards of taxation”.
“Recent events have shown that we were correct in identifying the country as a subject has much work to do to meet the standards expected of international partners”, added the same sources.
However, they are rated as very positive the country’s decision to implement the model tax information exchange required by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
“We are pleased to see the recent announcement that-unlike his hesitation Panama adhere initially demanded by the OECD’s Common Reporting Standard (CRS) standard”, explained.
“We believe that transparency is the best tool to combat tax evasion and tax fraud and strongly encourage Panama in this regard,” finally they have referred.
Earlier this week, Moscovici, which stood at 1 billion a year the money it costs European taxpayers fiscal evasion expressed his desire that “in six months a European list of tax havens set” and device “common penalties” following a meeting with members of the OECD.
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