GUE/NGL conference: The Panama Papers, one year on: Fighting money-laundering and tax dumping

This page gives you an overview of the conference and provides you with supplementary information. You will find:

 

  • the agenda
  • videos and photos taken at the conference as well as links to the live streams
  • PowerPoint presentations and other documents provided by speakers

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Agenda

GUE/NGL conference: The Panama Papers, one year on: Fighting money-laundering and tax dumping

April 26-27, 2017, Brussels, Belgium

 

PART 1: The struggle against tax dumping: Policy and campaign challenges in the EU

April 26, 14.00-16.00 – European Parliament Building, Room PHS 1C51

The Panama Papers are only the tip of the iceberg of a tax evasion, tax avoidance and money laundering problem that is a structural part of the current global economic system. NGOs, trade unions, and academics have played a key role in developing policy proposals, and in mobilising and campaigning for change.

  • Opening:  Fabio De Masi, vice-Chair of the Panama Papers’ Inquiry Committee (5 min)
  • Panel input (40 min):
    • Patrick Orr (EPSU): The role of unions in the fight for a fairer tax system
    • Tove Ryding (EURODAD): Building a European movement for tax justice
    • Liz Nelson (TJN): Mobilising academia and media in the fight for tax justice
  • Discussion (55 min)
  • Closing: Matt Carthy, Member of the Panama Papers Committee of Inquiry (5 min)

Interpretation to: EN, ES, FR

 

PART 2: International Cooperation and alternative policies for tackling tax evasion, tax avoidance and money laundering

April 26, 16.30-18.45 – European Parliament Building, Rue Wiertz 60, Room ASP 1G2

Alternative policies have been developed in several Southern countries in response to the global problem of tax havens, often collectively by social movements. The experience of Latin American governments in implementing these proposals demonstrate that statements such as “There is no alternative” (TINA) are false. This debate will outline such international experiences and discuss how we can demand a better political response in Europe to the problem of tax havens.

  • Opening: Miguel Urban, Shadow Rapporteur for the Panama Papers Committee of Inquiry (5 min)
  • Panel input (30 min):
    • Diego Borja (former Minister of Economic Policies of Ecuador): Increasing accountability and transparency in the public sector: Ecuador’s referendum against the use of tax havens
    • Manuel Canelas (President of Inquiry Committee of the Parliament of Bolivia on Panama Papers): Bolivia’s response to the Panama Papers
    • Susana Ruiz (Oxfam-Intermon): Alternative policies to tackling tax evasion, tax avoidance and money laundering
  • Discussion (25 min)
  • Coffee Break (10 min)
  • Panel input (30 min):
    • Manuel Montes (South Centre): South-South cooperation on tax policies
    • Richard Murphy (City University/TJN): International cooperation for Country-by-Country Reportin
  • Discussion (25 min)
  • Closing: Patrick Le Hyaric, Member of the Panama Papers Committee of Inquiry (5 min)

Interpretation available to: FR,DE,EN,DA,EL,ES,PT,FI,SV

 

PART 3: Public Forum: The Rip Off: From Tax Havens & Dirty Money

April 26, 19:30-21:30 – CGSP Union – Rue du Congrès 17-19, 1000 Brussels

The evening event brings the debate about tax havens to a broader public by asking questions on who in society pays their fair share and how the problem of tax havens is linked to increasing inequality, here in Europe and around the globe.

  • Arrival/reception with coffee, drinks and snacks (20 min)
  • Tax dumping in Belgium, France and beyond. How to fight tax havens globally?
    • Opening: Stelios Kouloglou, Member of the Panama Papers Committee of Inquiry (5 min)
    • Panel input (30 minutes):
    • Marco Van Hees, Workers Party of Belgium (PTB)
    • Diego Borja (former Minister of Economic Policies of Ecuador)
    • Nadja Salson (European Federation of Public Service Unions)
    • Panel and audience – general discussion (50 min)
    • Closing/summarising remarks: Fabio de Masi: vice-Chair of the Panama Papers Committee of Inquiry (10 min)

Interpretation to: EN, FR

 

PART 4: Tackling money laundering, tax evasion and tax avoidance from a left perspective

April 27, 08.30-11.00 – European Parliament Building, Rue Wiertz 60 (1047), Room ASP 1G2

Left-wing parties and movements agree that base erosion and profit shifting schemes have been triggered by capitalistic globalisation and by the free movement of capital within the EU. These phenomena have contributed to the growth of inequality by depriving countries of revenue needed to provide universal, free, public and quality education and health care services, social services, affordable housing and transportation and to build infrastructure essential to achieve social development and economic growth. The tax evasion and avoidance scandals highlight the failure of the current economic system and its inability to solve the problem.

  • Opening: Rina Ronja Kari, Shadow Rapporteur on the 5th anti-money laundering directive (5 min)
  • Panel input (45 min):
    • Eric Bocquet and Alain Bocquet, Communist Party of France (PCF)
    • Ricardo Oliveira, Portuguese Communist Party (PCP)
    • Marco Van Hees, Workers Party of Belgium (PTB)
    • Miguel Ongil, MP for the Region of Madrid (Podemos)
  • Discussion (30 min)
  • Coffee break (15 min)
  • Workshop: Network of left parties for tax justice (50 min): some parties from the left have coordinated actions in the past for the purpose of tackling money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion; their experience can serve as a starting point for a bigger discussion to be made between all guests on how to coordinate actions in the future.
    • Input by Fabio De Masi (Die Linke), Arnold Merkies (SP), Justin Turpel (Déi Lenk)
    • Discussion and/or smaller working groups
  • Closing: Miguel Viegas, Member of the Panama Papers Committee of Inquiry (5 min)

Interpretation available to FR,DE,EN,DA,EL,ES,PT,FI,SV

Videos, photos & streaming

Click on the following links to re-watch the respective parts of the conference:

 

Part 1 (26/04 14:00-16:00): The struggle against tax dumping: policy and campaign challenges in the EU

Part 2 (26/04 16:30-18:45): International cooperation and alternative policies for tackling tax evasion, tax avoidance and money laundering

Part 3 (26/04 19:30-21:30): The Rip Off: From Tax Havens & Dirty Money

Part 4 (27/04 08:30-11:00): Tackling money laundering, tax evasion and tax avoidance from a left perspective

 

Video message from Guillaume Long, Foreign Affairs Minister of Ecuador.

Documents & Powerpoints

Part 1: The struggle against tax dumping

Trusts: Weapons of Mass Injustice? A paper by the tax justice network on the harmful potential for societies of trusts.

Click here for an interesting study by EPSU on the negative effects of austerity on tax administrations.

The Unhappy Meal. A study commissioned by EPSU, EFFAT, War on Want, SEIU and Change to Win on the tax dodging activities of McDonald’s.

PowerPoint presentation by Liz Nelson on how to mobilise academia and the media in the fight for tax justice.

PART 2: International Cooperation and alternative policies for tackling tax evasion, tax avoidance and money laundering

Click here for a video (in Spanish) by the Comisión Especial Mixta de la Asamblea Legislativa Plurinacional (Bolivia) giving an overview of the Panama Papers.

Click here for an episode of “Sabor A Tierra” on the Panama Papers (in Spanish).

PowerPoint presentation by Richard Murphy on country-by-country reporting.

PowerPoint presentation by Susana Ruiz (Oxfam) on tax havens.

Concluding remarks by Patrick Le Hyaric, Member of the PANA Committee.

PART 4: Tackling money laundering, tax evasion and tax avoidance from a left perspective

Intervention (in Portuguese) by Ricardo Oliveira (Partido Comunista Português)