Tra pochissimo intervengo ad un’audizione congiunta della commissione Sviluppo e della commissione TAXE (Commissione speciale sui Tax rulings) per discutere con esperti su come ridurre l’impatto delle pratiche fiscali aggressive sui paesi in via di sviluppo. Tra i relatori il nuovo direttore generale di DG DEVCO Stefano Manservisi, cui faccio i migliori auguri per l’incarico, e poi Saviour Mwambwa, di ActionAid Zambia, Tove Ryding di Eurodad e Sol Picciotto, professore della Lancaster University.
“In a world in which we can easily move huge amount of money from one point of the world to another with a simple click, we must understand that we need to scale up our instruments to tackle tax evasion and avoidance to a global level. l consider the actions taken at OECD with that BEPS process and by the Commission good steps in the right direction, but they are not enough, especially in the development perspective. These instruments need to be shaped taking into consideration the particular situation and needs of developing countries. Transparency has very little costs, and is a game-changer in the fight to tax avoidance and evasion. We need full transparency on the beneficial ownership of firms and trusts, even in developing countries. We need automatic exchange of information with fiscal authorities of these countries, but taking into account that they need a transition period in order to develop the capacity to collect and manage the same data, during which they should not be excluded. And only a full Country by Country Reporting (CBCR) could be of fuse outside Europe and would stop multinationals exploiting the secrecy afforded to them in other parts of the world, since with the current proposal they still won’t need to disclose data on countries across the African continent, Asia or America.”