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We must act now to clean up the mess we have seen in the Panama Papers and stand up for our citizens, say S&Ds

After 18 months of investigation, hearings and fact-finding missions on the Panama Papers, the European Parliament today has presented over 200 strong concrete recommendations to fight international...
Europe needs a strong and efficient strategic investment fund

EFSI 2.0: Smart investments to ensure a good future for all Europeans

Today, the European Parliament voted with an overwhelming majority in favour of extending the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) for two more years to 2020 and boosting its investment...
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The EU blacklist of tax havens is only a first step; jurisdictions must respect their commitments, say S&Ds

The Socialists and Democrats welcomed the blacklist of tax havens approved by EU finance ministers but warned the member states about the need to seriously follow-up on commitments and deplore the...
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Parliament backs new rules on cash entering and leaving the EU

Today large sums of cash are often used for criminal activities, such as money laundering or terrorism, because cash is easily transferable and very difficult to trace. This is why people carrying...
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Pittella: Centeno as Eurogroup president is a victory for Europe against blind austerity

S&D Group leader Gianni Pittella congratulates Portuguese minister of finance Màrio Centeno who has been elected as the new president of the Eurogroup. Màrio Centeno will replace Jeroen...
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S&Ds: We cannot back budget that is too weak to tackle many challenges EU faces

The S&D Group today abstained on a vote on the EU’s annual budget for 2018. This was the first time that the Group has ever not backed an annual EU budget. Eider Gardiazabal Rubial, S&D Group...
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The EU must step up efforts to be more efficient against VAT fraud say S&Ds

S&D Euro MPs today welcomed the European Commission’s new proposals to combat VAT fraud following the revelations of the Paradise Papers and called on EU governments to take action without any...

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