Monday, November 15, 2010

Conference: “Fighting illicit flows from developing countries. What next for the EU agenda?”

Eurodad and the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development invite you to the conference “Fighting illicit flows from developing countries – what next for the EU agenda?” in Brussels on December 7th and 8th 2010.

In the past few months, G20 leaders have expressed concern about the financial integrity of secrecy jurisdictions and the need to regulate them. In November 2009, they committed to ensuring that developing countries fully benefit from international measures to establish a more transparent and cooperative framework. In June 2010, EU Heads of State and Government went beyond international agreements and committed to “pushing for a more development-friendly international framework” in order to address tax evasion and harmful tax practices, and to increase cooperation and transparency.

As this agenda moves swiftly forward, time has come to consolidate progress made in the last few months and take reforms to the next level. This event will debate official European Union initiatives, as well as civil society proposals to effectively address cross-border tax evasion and illicit financial flows and their harmful impact on developing countries. It will also discuss official and civil society proposals to make the most of the opportunities opening up in the G20 agenda for 2011.

The conference will gather high level experts from both the North and South, as well as academics, decision-makers and representatives from civil society organisations.

The event will open with a cocktail evening on the 7th December, which will provide an excellent networking opportunity for conference participants. On the 8th December, the conference will take place from 9.00 to 17.00. Both events will take place at Biblioteque Royale de Belgique on Boulevard de L’Empereur 4, Brussels.

Registration is open until November 26th . To confirm your participation, please send an email indicating your name, organisation and country, to Miguel Carapeto at mcarapeto (at) eurodad.org

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