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Programme

Friday 28 April 2017, 09.00-13.00
European Economic and Social Committee - Rue Van Maerlant 2, Brussels - meeting room VMA3 (Van Maerlant building)

DRAFT PROGRAMME

09.00–09.15     Opening – Mr Krister Andersson, President of the EESC's study group on EU development partnerships and the challenge posed by international tax agreements

 

09.15-09.35      Short introduction by Mr Alfred Gajdosik, rapporteur, and Mr Thomas Wagnsonner, co-rapporteur

 

09.35-10.50      SESSION I – Setting the scene – the current approach to addressing international tax agreements in relation to development financing

Speakers:

  • Mr Martin Hearson, Fellow in International Political Economy, London School of Economics
  • Mr Richard Bolwijn, Head of the Business Facilitation Section, Investment and Enterprise Division, UNCTAD (tbc)
  • Dr Magatte Coulibaly, expert in development finance, ACP secretariat (tbc)
  • A video message from Ms Elly Schlein, MEP, rapporteur on tax avoidance and tax evasion as challenges for governance, social protection and development in developing countries, European Parliament
  • Mr Bert Zuijdendorp, Head of unit D1, Company Taxation Initiatives, DG TAXUD, European Commission

 

10.50–11.20    Debate

 

11.20–11.30    Coffee break

 

11.30–12.15     SESSION II – Perspectives from civil society on the way forward

Speakers:

  • Mr William Morris, Chair of the Tax Committee, Business Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC-OECD) (tbc)
  • Ms Tove Ryding, Policy and Advocacy Manager for Tax Justice, EURODAD
  • Ms Najda Salson, Policy Advisor for Tax, European Public Services Union (EPSU) (tbc)

12.15–12.45    Debate

 

12.45–13.00    Closing - Mr Krister Andersson, President of the EESC's study group on EU development partnerships and the challenge posed by international tax agreements