New platform created by the Commission for fighting tax evasion

The European Commission sets up a Platform for Tax Good Governance that has as main aim to monitor member states' progress in tackling aggressive tax planning and clamping down on tax havens.

The European Commission presented a new Platform for Tax Good Governance whose aim is to ensure that real and effective action is taken by member states in fighting tax evasion, within a coordinated EU framework. As part of its concerted drive against tax evasion and avoidance, the Platform will be comprised of a wide cross-section of interested parties - national tax authorities, European Parliament, businesses, academics, NGOs and other stakeholders. In December 2012, the Commission presented a new Action Plan to fight tax evasion.

The call for applications has also been launched, with a view to selecting the organisations to participate. Organisations will be selected for a three year mandate, which can be renewed through a further successful application after that period. The Platform for Tax Good Governance will be made up of around 45 members: a high level delegate from each Member State's tax authority and up to 15 non-governmental representatives. The latter will be appointed by the Commission, on the basis of an open application process.

The first meeting of the Platform is provisionally planned for 10 June 2013. The Platform will follow in particular the progress being made on two Recommendations linked to this Action Plan.