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German parliament votes to put the brakes on transparency

May 19th, 2017


Amid a growing worldwide movement for beneficial ownership transparency, Germany’s lower house of parliament passed a severely weakened bill on company ownership on Thursday night. The bill, meant to transpose the European Union Anti-Money Laundering Directive into German law, would keep the country’s register closed, only offering data to investigative authorities and organizations deemed by the government to have a ‘legitimate interest’ in the information. The bill now goes to Germany’s upper house of parliament for a final vote. (more…)

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Every government that’s supported a UN tax body, in one table
April 28th, 2017
At the UN ECOSOC special meeting on international cooperation in tax matters held on 7 April 2017,  G77 and China (group of 134 developing countries) reiterated their long-standing demand for an intergovernmental tax body at the UN. Additional statements in support of the issue were made by Egypt, Brazil, India and CARICOM (14 member states
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