BRUSSELS, March 03, 2017 – The Panama Papers scandal has highlighted how certain financial intermediaries and other providers of financial and tax advice appear to have actively helped their clients to conceal money offshore. It is against this backdrop that ALDE MEPs Petr Ježek (PANA Co-Rapporteur) and Michael Theurer (ALDE PANA Coordinator) hosted a high-level seminar Thursday, bringing together experts on this field, both at the technical and political level.
Petr Ježek (ANO, Czech Republic) said after the seminar:
“The exchange of views we had today with experts proved once again the central role that intermediaries like tax advisers, lawyers, accountants or bankers play in the world of tax evasion and money laundering. They blur the lines between what is legal tax planning and what is clearly tax avoidance or even tax evasion. Targeting these professions is what can make a real difference.”
“The recently adopted revised anti money laundering directive is a first step towards more transparency. The European Parliament should not dilute its position when negotiating with Member States. “
Michael Theurer (FDP, Germany) added: