Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

Taking Juncker to task over tax fiddling


Anneliese has pushed the European Commission and Council on the slow progress on tackling aggressive tax planning and tax avoidance.

Anneliese, speaking in a session discussing the conclusions of the European Council (heads of member state) meeting, pressed Presidents Juncker and Tusk to take action to confront those blocking reforms which would end the immoral practice of aggressive tax avoidance and tax evasion.

Anneliese praised the European Council for acknowledging the harm of aggressive tax planning and tax avoidance but argued that far stronger measures need to be taken to address an issue of this magnitude, saying "We need country by country reporting of profits by all multinationals; a common definition of tax havens; and the blacklisting of firms engaged in tax fiddling and the advisers who help them do it".

Anneliese has recently been appointed as the lead for tackling tax avoidance and evasion for the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, and will be working hard to create a fairer system, where small and medium-sized businesses can compete on a level playing field rather than having their costs undercut by multinationals who can shift profits to countries with super-low tax rates.

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