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Tag: Luxembourg

#Defence: European Commission welcomes steps towards #PermanentStructuredCooperation

#Defence: European Commission welcomes steps towards #PermanentStructuredCooperation

| November 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

President Juncker has been calling for a stronger Europe on security and defence since his election campaign, saying in April 2014: “I believe that we need to take more seriously the provisions of the existing Treaty that allow those European countries who want to do this to progressively build up a common European defence. I […]

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#StateAid: Commission finds Luxembourg gave illegal tax benefits to #Amazon worth around €250 million

#StateAid: Commission finds Luxembourg gave illegal tax benefits to #Amazon worth around €250 million

The European Commission has concluded that Luxembourg granted undue tax benefits to Amazon of around €250 million. This is illegal under EU State aid rules because it allowed Amazon to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Luxembourg must now recover the illegal aid. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said “Luxembourg gave […]

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MEPs from across Europe pledge renewed support for #Holocaust survivors over restitution

MEPs from across Europe pledge renewed support for #Holocaust survivors over restitution

On 26 June, MEPs from more than 20 EU member states and five European political groups have backed a pledge to increase support for Holocaust survivors and their families seeking the return of stolen and looted WW2 property. Seventy-one MEPs, representing a wide range of groups from across the political spectrum, issued a joint declaration promising […]

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How #Luxembourg resisted European tax co-operation and made money with its circumvention

How #Luxembourg resisted European tax co-operation and made money with its circumvention

Tax scandals like Offshore Leaks (2013), Lux Leaks (2014), Swiss Leaks (2015), Panama Papers (2016), Bahamas Leaks (2016) and the Malta Files (2017) revealed how worldwide a new business sector of systematic tax evasion and tax avoidance as well as money laundering has emerged over time. Although the complicity of some European member states in […]

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#Whistleblower Antoine Deltour of #LuxLeaks will continue his fight for justice

#Whistleblower Antoine Deltour of #LuxLeaks will continue his fight for justice

Antoine Deltour announced today (5 April) that he will appeal the decision of the Luxembourg Court of Appeal from 15 March, before the Court of Cassation. Deltour was acquitted for disclosing ‘professional secrets’ and was recognised as a whistleblower; nevertheless, the court upheld the criminal conviction. Deltour regards the arguments used against him as questionable. […]

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#ProjectDiamond begins where #PinkPanther left off

#ProjectDiamond begins where #PinkPanther left off

| January 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

This week Europol organized, together with Austria and Switzerland, the first international conference on jewellery robbery and burglary under a new umbrella project entitled ‘Diamond’. Hosted at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, the event brought together more than 70 experts from almost all EU Member States, as well as third parties from Europe, Asia, the […]

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Juncker faces renewed pressure over #Luxembourg tax policy

Juncker faces renewed pressure over #Luxembourg tax policy

| January 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker faces renewed claims that he impeded EU moves against corporate tax avoidance when Luxembourg’s prime minister, casting a shadow over his political future as a tussle over the bloc’s top jobs looms, writes Francesco Guarascio. Juncker has faced criticism from lawmakers and advocacy groups in past months over tax deals […]

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