EU fails to reach game changing agreement on transparency in wake of Paradise Papers
The ONE Campaign today reiterated its demand for robust new transparency rules in the wake of the Paradise Papers after negotiations on the EU’s Anti-Money Laundering Directive failed to reach a successful conclusion. The ONE Campaign is calling on EU governments to adopt new rules that would shine a light on the secretive companies and trusts used to siphon billions out of the poorest countries.
The European Commissioner, Pierre Moscovici lamented the standstill on the negotiations in a speech today at the Plenary session of the European Parliament.
The ONE Campaign reacted to today’s failed round of negotiations, saying: “The Paradise Papers highlight once again the need for urgent action to counter anonymous ownership of companies and trusts. The EU’s Anti-Money Laundering Directive gives European governments a crucial opportunity to close these secrecy loopholes, but with today’s failed negotiation they’ve missed yet another opportunity to do so. The European Parliament has backed strong transparency measures on two separate occasions but Member States have blocked progress.In order to show they’re serious about tackling these scandals, Member States must now quickly agree full public disclosure of company and trust ownership.”
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