Following our tax justice panel at the EGP Council in Utrecht - "What role for the Greens in Europe to fight tax evasion and tax avoidance?" - we will discuss the latest developments and assess our role as the strong Green voice in the fight for tax justice and social justice. After the Panama Papers, the Green Group in the European Parliament pushed hard for political action and played a leading role in obtaining an inquiry committee, which began work in July 2016. There are also several national and regional inquiry committees to examine current tax practice of Member States, international banks as well as transnational companies.
- How can we strengthen the role of national Green parties pushing for more tax justice? How can we use the current dynamic to position us as the leading political voice for social justice in Europe?
- How can national parties and the Greens in the European Parliament deepen their cooperation in the case of the Panama Papers Inquiry committee? How is cooperation between, and interconnection of, European tax experts possible within this framework?
- What will be the impact of Brexit on EU tax policies? Is the UK going to be the next tax haven? Since half of the tax havens revealed in the Panama Papers are in British territories, how will we deal with those after Brexit and how can the committee have an impact on this issue?
Janine Alm Ericson
Member of Parliament, Swedish Greens
Janine Alm Ericson is member of the parliament for the Green Party in Sweden since 2014. In the parliament she is the spokesperson on economic affairs.
Die Grünen, MEP
Michel Reimon is a Member of the European Parliament for the Austrian Green Party since 2014. Before that he was a member of the state parliament of the Austrian province Burgenland and worked as a communications consultant, journalist, activist and author of numerous books. His working areas include TTIP, CETA , digital single market, asylum and refugees, as well as competition and tax in Europe.
Party Leader, Irish Green Party
Eamon Ryan is an Irish politician and leader of the Irish Green Party. He was a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin South constituency from 2002 to 2011, and served as Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources from 2007 to 2011.He was subsequently re-elected to the Dáil in the 2016 General Election.
Member of Scottish Parliament for the Scottish Green Party
Andy Wightman was elected as an MSP in May 2016. He is a member of the Economy, Jobs & Fair Work Committee and the Local Government & Communities Committee in Parliament. He is a respected writer and campaigner on land rights, democracy and the economy. Andy is the author of publications including Who Owns Scotland (1996), Scotland: Land and Power (1999), Community Land Rights: A Citizen’s Guide (2009) and The Poor Had No Lawyers (2010). He has served as a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee and represented the Scottish Green Party on the Commission on Local Tax Reform.
Tax Justice Campaigner, Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament
Catherine Olier joined the Greens / EFA group in the European Parliament in July 2015 as Tax Justice Campaigner. She coordinates the Tax Justice Working Group and follows the Panama Papers inquiry committee in the European Parliament. She works with Greens Members of European Parliament on tax evasion, tax avoidance and money laundering issues. Before joining the Greens, Catherine worked with Oxfam and the Red Cross in Brussels.