The Panama Papers, one year on @ European Parliament, Brussels [du 26 au 27 avril]

The Panama Papers, one year on


17
26 - 27
avril
00:00 - 18:00

 La page de l’événement
European Parliament
Brussels, 1047 Brussels, Belgium
The Panama Papers, one year on: Fighting money-laundering and tax dumping

Registration mandatory, we recommend early registration since we expect a high number of participants ans places are limited!

To register follow the link: bit.ly/2n2JsKU

PART 1: Lunch on transparency: whistleblowers collaboration and government enforcement agencies
April 26, 12.00-13.30 — European Parliament Building, Room WIB 02M003 (tbc)
Different whistleblowers have had different experiences, but few have had the chance of actively working with a government on tackling tax avoidance, tax evasion and money laundering. In addition, government anti-corruption agencies are confronted with specific difficulties that require solutions that are not always discussed when working on anti-money laundering directives.
Opening: Stelios Kouloglou, Member of the Panama Papers Committee of Inquiry (5 min)
Panel input (20 min):
Herbé Falciani (whistleblower disclosing the secret accounts at HSBC Switzerland and collaborating with the French government): the risks of electronic financing and the collaboration with governments and enforcement authorities.
Konstantinos Christou (General Secretary against corruption of the Greek Government): the experience of the Greek government on tackling corruption.
Discussion (60 min)
Closing: Patrick Le Hyaric (tbc), GUE/NGL coordinator for the Panama Papers Committee of Inquiry (5 min)

PART 2: The struggle against corporate tax dumping: Policy and campaign challenges in the EU
April 26, 14.00-16.00 — European Parliament Building, Room PHS 1A51
GUE/NGL considers the Panama Papers to be only the tip of the iceberg of a tax evasion, tax avoidance and money laundering problem that is a structural part of the current global economic system. NGOs, trade unions, and academics have played a key role in developing policy proposals, and in mobilising and campaigning for change.
Opening: Fabio De Masi, vice-Chair of the Panama Papers Committee of Inquiry (5 min)
Panel input (30 min):
Patrick Orr (EPSU): The role of unions in the fight for a fairer tax system
Tove Ryding (EURODAD): Building a European movement for tax justice
Liz Nelson (TJN): Mobilising academia and media in the fight for tax justice
Discussion (60 min)
Closing: Matt Carthy, Member of the Panama Papers Committee of Inquiry (5 min)

PART 3: International Cooperation and alternative policies for tackling tax evasion, tax avoidance and money laundering
April 26, 16.30-18.45 — European Parliament Building, Room ASP 1G2
Alternative policies have been developed in several Southern countries in response to the global problem of tax havens, often collectively by social movements. The experience of Latin American governments in implementing these proposals demonstrate that statements such as «There is no alternative» (TINA) are false. This debate will outline such international experiences and discuss how we can demand a better political response in Europe to the problem of tax havens.
Opening: Miguel Urban, Shadow Rapporteur for the Panama Papers Committee of Inquiry (5 min)
Panel input (30 min):
Richard Murphy (City University/TJN): Initial results of the GUE/NGL study ‘The Big 4 and their role in tax evasion, tax avoidance and money laundering’
Diego Borja (former Minister of Economic Policies of Ecuador): Increasing accountability and transparency in the public sector: Ecuador’s referendum against the use of tax havens
Manuel Canelas (President of Inquiry Committee of the Parliament of Bolivia on Panama Papers): Bolivia’s response to the Panama Papers
Discussion (25 min)
Coffee Break (10 min)
Panel input (30 min):
Manuel Montes (South Centre): South-South cooperation on tax policies
María Fernánda Espinosa (Ecuador’s Ambassador to the UN): Ecuador’s proposal for an international taxation body at the UN
Susana Ruiz (Oxfam): Developing country responses to global tax competition
Discussion (25 min)
Closing: Marina Albiol (tbc), Member of the Panama Papers Committee of Inquiry (5 min)

Part 4 will be an evening event outside the Parliament, more information will follow.

PART 5: Tackling money laundering, tax evasion and tax avoidance from a left perspective
April 27, 08.30-11.00 — European Parliament Building, Room ASP 1G2
Left-wing parties and movements agree that base erosion and profit shifting schemes have been triggered by capitalistic globalisation and by the free movement of capital within the EU. These phenomena have contributed to the growth of inequality by depriving countries of revenue needed to provide universal, free, public and quality education and health care services, social services, affordable housing and transportation and build infrastructure essential to achieve social development and economic growth. The tax evasion and avoidance scandals highlight the failure of the current economic system and its inability to solve the problem.
Opening: Rina Ronja Kari (tbc), Shadow Rapporteur on the 5th anti-money laundering directive (5 min)
Panel input (45 min):
Eric Bocquet and Alain Bocquet, Communist Party of France (PCF)
Ricardo Oliveira, Portuguese Communist Party (PCP)
Marco Van Hees, Workers Party of Belgium (PTB)
Miguel Ongil, MP for the municipality of Madrid (Podemos)
Discussion (30 min)
Coffee Break (15 min)
Workshop: Network of left parties for tax justice (50 min): some parties from the left have coordinated actions in the past for the purpose of tackling money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion; their experience can serve as a starting point for a bigger discussion to be made between all guests on how to coordinate actions in the future.
Input by Fabio De Masi (Die Linke), Arnold Merkies (SP), Justin Turpel (Déi Lenk)
Discussion and/or smaller working groups
Closing: Miguel Viegas, Member of the Panama Papers Committee of Inquiry (5 min)
Discussion
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