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Reform of the Eurozone: Commission supports Macron instead of Merkel

Today, the Commission presented its so-called „St. Nicholas package“ on the reform of the Economic and Monetary Union. The proposal includes the creation of a European Monetary Fund (EMF), integrated into the legal framework of the EU. The EMF shall emanate from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and help out Member States and banks facing […]

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Tax Havens: EU Finance Ministers agree on whitewashed Blacklist

Today, the EU Finance Ministers approved two EU lists of jurisdictions that are non-cooperative in taxation matters. The first list (blacklist) names 17 countries which have not responded to information requests from the Council or which have not committed themselves to make their tax policy compliant with EU criteria. The second list (grey list) contains […]

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Whistleblower Jonathan Ferris needs full police protection

After the visit of the delegation of the European Parliament Sven Giegold, co-initiator of the mission and participant of the Greens/EFA group declares: „Jonathan Ferris has made an important contribution to our fact finding mission. We were concerned to learn that he fears for the safety of himself and his family. The leader of our […]

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Delegation to Malta on the rule of law

During the last two days a delegation of the European Parliament has visited Malta in a fact finding mission on the rule of law in Malta. The delegation followed the brutal murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the implication of members of the government in the Panama Papers without any consequences or prosecutions. The European […]

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Rule of Law in Malta: Advisory Firm Nexia BT refuses to meet MEPs

Just before the start of the mission of a delegation of the European Parliament to investigate the rule of law in Malta, the audit, tax and advisory firm Nexia BT has transmitted its rejection to meet with Members of the European Parliament.   MEP Sven Giegold, financial and economic policy spokesperson of the Greens/EFA group […]

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European Parliament to visit Malta on the rule of law

This Thursday and Friday a special mission will head to Malta in order to inquire over recent revelations concerning the rule of law and money laundering in Malta following the murder of the journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia. This is the second mission to Malta following a first visit by the European Parliament’s inquiry […]

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European Parliament calls on Commission to foster competition and consumer protection in financial markets

On Tuesday, the European Parliament adopted the own-initiative report on Retail Financial Services by a broad majority. With this report, the European Parliament is responding to the EU Commission’s Action Plan to facilitate cross-border financial services on European financial markets. The report that stands in the broader context of the Capital Market Union legislation and […]

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Paradise Papers – No excuse for lack of action

The European Parliament, this morning debated the most recent revelations of the Paradise Papers and possible consequences. The recent scandal shows that the recommendations of the European Parliament’s Committee of Inquiry into the Panama Papers must be adopted and implemented as a matter of urgency. This also includes the establishment of a permanent committee of […]

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Malta: European Parliament seriously concerned about the rule of law

Today, the political groups in the European Parliament have tabled their draft motions for resolution on the rule of law in Malta. One motion has been negotiated between a rare coalition of Christian democrats (EPP), liberals (ALDE), Greens, ECR and GUE (left). An alternative motion is sponsored by the socialist & democrat (S&D) group which […]