Addressing the European Parliament on 4 May 2017, European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici, in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, reaffirmed the commitment of the Commission to advance corporate tax reforms.
In his comments, Pierre Moscovici outlined three priorities for tax reforms in 2017. First, he mentioned that the Commission will continue to advocate for progress on the proposals to establish a common corporate tax base (CCTB) and to then evolve towards a common consolidated corporate tax base (CCCTB). Second, Moscovici indicated that the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes should be completed by the Council by the end of 2017, providing the EU with a powerful common tool towards third countries. Third, Moscovici announced a legislative proposal on the role of intermediaries in tax evasion and money laundering. To be published in June 2017, the proposal will set criteria which, when they are met, will require intermediaries to disclose tax schemes to relevant authorities.
Moscovici called on the European Parliament to join the Commission in maintaining a political pressure to ensure that tax files progress in the Council of the EU. He underlined that fight tax fraud would contribute to both raising tax revenue across the EU and addressing the financing of crime and terrorism.