Clare Moody

MEP for the South West and Gibraltar

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Labour MEPs take President Junker to task over tax fiddling

In the European Parliament on Tuesday, Labour MEP for the South East, Anneliese Dodds pushed President Junker and Donald Tusk, the President of Poland and of the European Council, on the slow progress of the European Commission and Council on tackling aggressive tax planning and tax avoidance in the wake of the LuxLeaks scandal. 

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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