Barbados, Grenada removed from EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions
Eight jurisdictions have been removed from the EUâs list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes, following commitments made at a high political level to remedy EU concerns.
Barbados, Grenada, the Republic of Korea, Macao SAR, Mongolia, Panama, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates have been moved to a separate category of jurisdictions, subject to close monitoring, a release from the European Union (EU) said.
On January 23, 2018, the Council agreed that a delisting was justified in the light of an expert assessment of the commitments made by these jurisdictions to address deficiencies identified by the EU. In each case, the commitments were backed by letters signed at a high political level.
âOur listing process is already proving its worth,â said Vladislav Goranov, Minister of Finance of Bulgaria, which currently holds the Council presidency. âJurisdictions around the world have worked hard to make commitments to reform their tax policies.
Our aim is to promote good tax governance globally.â
The decision leaves nine jurisdictions on the list of non-cooperative jurisdictions, out of 17 announced initially on December 5, 2017. These are American Samoa, Bahrain, Guam, Marshall Islands, Namibia, Palau, Saint Lucia, Samoa and Trinidad and Tobago. The list also carries recommendations on steps to take to be de-listed.
âThe EUâs list is intended to promote good governance in taxation worldwide, maximising efforts to prevent tax avoidance, tax fraud and tax evasion. It was prepared during 2017 in parallel with the OECD global forum on transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes.
âWhereas the list is to be revised at least once a year, the working group responsible for preparing it (the âcode of conduct groupâ) can recommend an update at any time.
âJurisdictions that remain on the list are strongly encouraged to make the changes requested of them. Their tax legislation, policies and administrative practices result or may result in a loss of revenues for the EUâs member states. Pending such changes, the EU and the member states could apply defensive measures,â the release said.
Tuesdayâs decision was taken without discussion at a meeting of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council, by means of an amendment to its December conclusions. The eight jurisdictions are moved from Annex I of the conclusions (non-cooperative jurisdictions) to Annex II (cooperation with respect to commitments taken).