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Opinion
Ongoing (updated on 22/09/2020)
Reference: 
ECO/510-EESC-2020-2020-00997
Plenary session: 
554 -
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 18, 2020

The EESC proposes launching a European pact to effectively combat tax fraud, evasion and avoidance and money laundering. The Committee calls on the European Commission to promote a political initiative involving national governments and the other European institutions in achieving this goal, fostering the consensus needed for this and involving civil society. Cooperation between Member States should be the main pillar of the pact. The Committee urges the European institutions and the Member States to provide the financial and human resources required for the effective implementation of existing European legislation and to agree on a commitment to adopt all necessary new legislative and administrative measures to effectively combat tax offences and bad practices, money laundering and the activities of tax havens. This requires permanent evaluation of the outcome of implementing each measure.

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Opinion
Adopted on 11/07/2018
Reference: 
SOC/595-EESC-2018-02736-00-00-AC-TRA

Le CESE estime que la directive devrait présenter un meilleur équilibre entre les droits fondamentaux des personnes et la nécessité de garantir une meilleure application de la législation touchant à la lutte contre la criminalité et à sa répression.

Le CESE formule un certain nombre de recommandations concrètes, portant notamment sur les points suivants:

EESC opinion: Rules facilitating the use of financial and other information in criminal cases

Opinion
Adopted on 18/01/2018
Reference: 
INT/831-EESC-2017-04514-00-01-AC-TRA

With this opinion the EESC welcomes the Commission's initiative to prioritise the fight against cybercrime, as it aims to protect Europeans and businesses from cybercrime networks, and includes measures to boost confidence in the use of electronic payment instruments. The EESC is of the view that the benefits of digitisation must be flanked by mechanisms able to meet the accompanying challenges, so that the European economy and Europeans can enjoy the information society to the full. For the EESC it is important to establish deterrents and mechanisms to inform the public about the modus operandi of offenders as well, through awareness-raising campaigns conducted by law enforcement authorities in the Member States.

EESC opinion: Fraud and counterfeiting of non-cash means of payment

Opinion
Adopted on 21/01/2014
Reference: 
SOC/480-EESC-2013-2138
Plenary session: 
495 -
Jan 21, 2014 Jan 22, 2014

Five years into the economic and financial crisis which spread from the United States to engulf Europe, it is all the more necessary to carry out a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the shadow economy and undeclared work in the European Union. The EESC calls for the fight against the shadow economy also to look beyond EU borders and for corporate social responsibility to be applied where minimum decent working standards are lacking in third countries subcontracting for EU companies.

EESC opinion: A strategy against the shadow economy and undeclared work

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