Panama Papers: opening of investigation is just the beginning

Daniel Köster
28.9.2016 - 19:15
Mossack Fonseca

Discussions with investigative journalists "important basis for futUrE work" of Panama Papers Inquiry Committee

The EPP Group welcomed the debate with the journalists who revealed the Panama Papers, but is reluctant to jump to conclusions too quickly. "The discussion with the investigative journalists has been very interesting and will serve as an important basis for our future work", said Dariusz Rosati MEP, EPP Group Spokesman in the European Parliament's Inquiry Committee on Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion.

"Nevertheless, the opening of the Panama investigation is just the beginning. The details concerning some cases certainly shed new light on the Panama Papers revelations, but I have to underline that this is only the beginning of our work in the Inquiry Committee with various meetings and hearings still ahead of us", Rosati stressed.

"The discussion with the journalists has made it very clear that what we need is to further strengthen cooperation on tax and money laundering, not only between the EU Member States, but also with third countries. And this is something the EPP Group has been emphasising over and over again", Rosati recalled.

"We should not jump to conclusions right away. Over the coming months, after listening to various experts, organisations and politicians, the Committee will come forward with suggestions on how to combat practices such as those uncovered by the Panama Papers and Bahamas Leaks", Rosati emphasised.

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