Brussels, Nov 7 (EFE) .- The head of the Spanish economy, Luis de Guindos, pleaded today that the black list of tax havens developed by the European Union is adding a "gray list" with those jurisdictions that are improving in compliance with international rules on tax evasion.
The minister said that this repertoire would be an "intermediate list" that It would include "those jurisdictions that are leaving the non-cooperative of any kind, from the blacklist, but which are in the process of adapting to a compliance situation of the standards. "
De Guindos spoke at a press conference during the meeting of EU Economy and Finance Ministers at which the Twenty-eight discussed progress in its list of third countries that do not cooperate in the matter of tax evasion, a debate that comes at a propitious moment after the revelations of the "Papers of Paradise".
The Minister Spanish also urged to complete this blacklist before the end of the year and highlighted the relevance of the proposal of the European Commission to oblige fiscal intermediaries, such as banks, consultants or lawyers, to inform the tax authorities when they give advice that can help evade taxes.
"The scandal we are seeing in these last days It highlights the importance of the collaboration of those intermediaries that through direct structures directly or indirectly help tax evasion, "said De Guindos.
The minister, however, did not clarify if he will support the proposal of his French colleague, Bruno Le Maire, who today announced that he will propose to the EU to impose sanctions on the paradises and, in particular, to exclude them from access to funding from international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund or the World Bank.
De Guindos limited himself to pointing out that "we are always in favor" when it comes to measures to fight against jurisdictions where taxes are evaded.
Asked if Gibraltar could enter the blacklist of tax havens, the minister recalled that the rock "is still a community territory", but when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union "will be subject" to the rules of this repertoire, which is limited to third countries, not members of the EU.
On Andorra, said that "is in the process of improvement."