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Opinion
Adottati on 19/10/2016
Referenza: 
ECO/408-EESC-2016-04274-00-01-ac-tra

The EESC believes that the fight against terrorism and its financing and efforts to combat money laundering and other related forms of economic crime should be permanent EU policy priorities. These efforts should be linked more closely with the efforts needed to combat tax fraud and tax avoidance. Therefore, the EESC considers creating public national registers of the beneficial owners of bank accounts, businesses, trusts and transactions, and access to them by obliged entities, to be a priority. Furthermore, all obligations laid down in the Anti Money Laundering Directive should be extended to all territories or jurisdictions whose sovereignty resides with the Member States. And free trade and economic partnership agreements should include a chapter on measures to tackle money laundering and terrorist financing, tax fraud and tax avoidance.

Opinjoni tal-KESE: Revision of anti- money-laundering directive

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Presentation Commission "Proposal for a Directive amending Directive 2015/849"

Opinion
Adottati on 21/09/2016
Referenza: 
ECO/407-EESC-2016-02391-00-00-ac-tra

Fighting against tax avoidance and aggressive tax planning, both at the EU and at a global level, is an important political priority for the European Union. The EESC welcomes and endorses the Commission proposal, which aims to make the taxation system more transparent as this measure will boost public confidence. The EESC suggests that the Commission should aim for a more ambitious package. It proposes the disclosure of a wider range of data, the gradual reduction of the turnover threshold of EUR 750 Million and that the disclosed data is made publicly available in one of the official languages of the EU in order to achieve the objective of giving the public genuine access to data for the whole single market.

Opinjoni tal-KESE: Proposal on public tax transparency (country-by-country reporting)

Opinion
Adottati on 13/07/2016
Referenza: 
ECO/406-EESC-2016-02343-00-01-ac-tra

The EESC welcomes the "Action Plan on VAT", and calls for a  definitive VAT system that is clear, consistent, robust and comprehensive, as well as proportionate and future-proof. The Committee  welcomes the strong focus on closing the VAT gap and tackling the susceptibility of VAT to fraud. There should be results delivered without delay, including by improving cooperation between tax administrations. “Bona fide” enterprises should be protected and no new excessive measures should be imposed on them. The future system of reduced rates must combine flexibility and legal certainty, be transparent, and for the sake of simplicity the number of reduced rates and exemptions must be limited.

Opinjoni tal-KESE: Action Plan on VAT

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VAT Action Plan - Measures to modernise VAT in the EU - Bertrand LAPALUS - DG TAXUD

Opinion
Adottati on 09/12/2015
Referenza: 
ECO/383-EESC-2015-02961-00-01-ac-tra
Sessjoni plenarja: 
512 -
Dec 09, 2015 Dec 10, 2015

The EESC expresses its support for the Commission in combating the erosion of Member States' tax bases and unfair tax competition. The Committee in this context endorses the introduction of a CCCTB and is also pleased that the Commission has published a list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions. The EESC goes even further and proposes that EU rules should include sanctions for companies that continue to run their business through tax havens.

Opinjoni tal-KESE: Action Plan on Fairer Corporate Taxation

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Slideshow DG TAXUD – A Fair and Efficient Corporate Taxation

Opinion
Adottati on 02/07/2015
Referenza: 
REX/433-EESC-0000
Sessjoni plenarja: 
509 -
Jul 01, 2015 Jul 02, 2015

The own-initiative opinion will focus on the impact of the TTIP on SMEs and reflect on the provisions that would need to be included in the TTIP in order to take account of the specific character of SMEs in the negotiations and implementation of an eventual EU-US agreement. The opinion will also look at how to increase the awareness of SMEs as to existing support services and programmes, and particularly about the new business opportunities that may arise with this agreement.

TTIP and its impact on SMEs

Opinion
Adottati on 19/03/2015
Referenza: 
ECO/374-EESC-2014-07287-00-03-ac-tra
Sessjoni plenarja: 
506 -
Mar 18, 2015 Mar 19, 2015

The EESC welcomes the Investment Plan for Europe as a step in the right direction, which however faces serious questions about the Plan's size and timescale, the high degree of leverage expected and the potential flow of suitable projects. The Plan proposes that contributions to the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) from Member States will not be included in budget deficit calculations and this is to be welcomed, but it begs the question as to why ongoing strategic public infrastructure expenditures are not treated in the same way. Strategic public investment which underpins present and future economic development should be incentivised by a more benign European fiscal framework.

Opinjoni tal-KESE: An Investment Plan for Europe

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Achim Truger - Implementing the Golden Rule for Public Investment in Europe

Opinion
Adottati on 18/02/2015
Referenza: 
ECO/371-EESC-2014-04516-00-01-AC-TRA
Sessjoni plenarja: 
505 -
Feb 18, 2015 Feb 19, 2015

The EESC considers it vital to preserve the "biodiversity" of the financial system, without this meaning the arbitrary application of rules. In this context the Committee applauds the consideration the European Commission has given to the introduction of calibrated financial regulation frameworks to consider the specificities of cooperative and savings banks that avoid the undesirable effects of uniform application of prudential rules and possibly an overload of administrative burdens.

Opinjoni tal-KESE: Role of cooperative and savings banks in territorial cohesion

Opinion
Adottati on 09/07/2014
Referenza: 
INT/741-EESC-2014-02102-00-00-AC-TRA
Sessjoni plenarja: 
500 -
Jul 09, 2014 Jul 10, 2014

The EESC welcomes the Commission communication and emphasises the growth potential of crowdfunding in the EU as an alternative source of funding. It also emphasises the dependence of SMEs on bank loans, a situation that will persist despite the existence of alternative sources which are not always easy to access. Therefore Crowdfunding should be explicitly recognised in the laws of the Member States as a new form of patronage.

Opinjoni tal-KESE: Crowdfunding in the European Union

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