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Tackling offshore tax evasion and avoidance


Place du Congrès 1, Brussels, Belgium

This in-person event is free and open to the public but registration is mandatory.

In-person event

Tackling offshore tax evasion and avoidance

Centre for European Policy Studies and the UK Mission to the EU


Over the past decade, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has led the development of pivotal tax transparency agreements in an effort to put an end to bank secrecy and tackle offshore tax evasion and avoidance.

One of them, the Common Reporting Standard (CRS), agreed in 2014, revolutionised tax transparency by requiring financial institutions to report information on taxpayers’ offshore income and financial assets, which jurisdictions across the world then automatically exchange to help identify non-compliance. The digitalisation of the economy and the rapid development of crypto and other intangible assets resulted in the OECD revising the CRS and approving a new Crypto Asset Reporting Framework in August 2022.

The EU is also increasingly interested in this area. Over the last 10 years, there have been efforts to strengthen the cooperation among Member States through the Directive on Administrative Cooperation (DAC), as well as proposals to tackle the misuse of shell companies for tax purposes and the role of tax intermediaries in facilitating tax abuse.

More broadly, in the anti-money laundering and illicit finance space, countries globally have been moving towards the use of beneficial ownership registers as a key transparency tool to combat economic crime. This has already positively benefitted the tax transparency system but there are still unresolved questions about how such tools can be made truly global and bespoke to tax to combat offshore non-compliance.

Join this half-day conference organised by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the UK Mission to the EU to discuss the effectiveness of existing transparency frameworks in tackling offshore tax evasion and tax avoidance, and the future holds in terms of challenges to overcome and opportunities to exploit.

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Apostolos Thomadakis

Research Fellow

Speakers list
Philip Kerfs

Head, International Cooperation Unit, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD

Jon Sherman

Director, Business, Assets and International, HMRC

Elisa Casi-Eberhard

Professor, Norwegian School of Economics

Karel Lannoo (Moderator)

CEO, CEPS and General Manger, ECMI

Dr. Achim Pross

Deputy Director, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD

Kira Marie Peter Hansen


Benjamin Angel

Director, DGTAX, European Commission

Rahul Sahgal

Deputy Head, Tax Department, Swiss State Secretariat for International Finance

Aikaterini Pantazatou

Professor in Tax Law, University of Luxembourg

Elodie Lamer (Moderator)

Journalist, Tax Notes

Andrew Wood

Economic Counsellor, UK Mission to the European Union

María José Garde

Director General of Taxation, Spanish Ministry of Finance