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Drive for EU public registers of company owners falls short

EU governments have agreed to create centralised registers of company owners, but stopped short of making them public or applicable to all kinds of trusts, after ambassadors struck a compromise … Continue reading

January 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Google, Amazon and Apple less transparent than Gazprom, says report

Google, Amazon, and Apple are among the least transparent multinationals in the world, worse than Russian state-owned energy companies Gazprom, and Rosneft, according to a report published today (5 November) by … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Almunia counter-attacks in high-profile Spanish football tax case

Joaquín Almunia, the Spanish Commissioner in charge of policing the EU’s antitrust rules, has denied accusations of a conflict of interest in the handling of an investigation into unfair tax … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hybrid loans tax loophole worth billions of euros closed

EU finance ministers meeting today (20 June) have closed loophole exploited by multinationals to pay little or no tax worth billions of euros, after Malta dropped its objections to a compromise … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Malta keeping tax loophole open after Sweden drops opposition

Malta is the only member state stopping a tax loophole costing billions of euros being closed, after Sweden dropped its opposition to a EU finance ministers’ agreement to stop multinational … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sweden slammed for keeping EU tax loophole open

Sweden came under fire Wednesday (7 May) for blocking a political agreement among EU finance ministers that would allow the closing of a loophole costing European taxpayers millions ofeuros. Campaigners called for … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

UK legal challenge rebuffed as euro nations prepare FTT statement

The European Court of Justice Wednesday (30 April) threw out the United Kingdom’s controversial legal challenge against the bloc of euro area nations pressing ahead with a Financial Transaction Tax. … Continue reading

November 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

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