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(November 30) EU Tax Observatory - Tax Competition in the EU - A Major Issue?

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The EU Tax Observatory* is pleased to invite you on November 30th to an online conference: “Tax Competition in the European Union: A Major Issue?”.

Tax Competition in the EU - A Major Issue?


12:00pm – 12:05pm: Welcome Remarks

12:05pm – 12:25pm: Presentation of the results of the EU Tax Obseravtory’s last report : “New Forms of Tax Competition in the European Union – An Empirical Investigation“ report

12.25pm- 12:30pm: Panel Introduction

12:30pm – 1:10pm: Panel Discussion: “Tax Competition in the European Union: What Can and Should be Done?”

1:10pm – 1:25pm: Exchange with the audience

1:25pm – 1:30pm: Conclusion


  • Markus Ferber, MEP, Vice-President of the Tax Subcommittee (FISC)

Markus Ferber is a member of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria and of the Bureau of the European People’s Party, Ferber is currently a Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs on which he has been serving since 2009. He is also a full member of the Special Committee on Tax Rulings and Other Measures Similar in Nature or Effect and a substitute member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism. In addition, he serves as a member of the European Parliament’s Sky and Space Intergroup (SSI).

Eloi Flamant is working on a key mission of the Observatory: tracking the special tax schemes that exist in EU member states and that fuel tax competition (such as reduced rates for wealthy individuals, athletes, retirees, etc) as well as corporate tax competition.

Sarah Godar is a researcher at the EU Tax Observatory. She is developing a public research and data repository for the EU Tax Observatory website — a public good for the community of researchers, journalists, policymakers, etc. active on these issues, and a key mission of the EU Tax Observatory. She is a PhD student in Economics at Charles University in Prague working on corporate tax avoidance.

  • Paul Tang, MEP, Chair of the Tax Subcommittee (FISC)

Paul Tang is a Member of the European Parliament for the Partij van de Arbeid (PvdA) since July 2014, as part of the Group of Socialists and Democrats. He received a PhD in Economics from the University of Amsterdam and worked for the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs and the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis before entering the Dutch parliament in 2007.

In 2014, Paul Tang led the list of the PvdA for the European elections. In 2019 he was re-elected. Paul Tang mainly works on economic and financial affairs (ECON), with a focus on fair taxation and sustainable finance, and the role of data in our society (LIBE). Since September 2020, Tang is chair of the subcommittee on taxation (FISC).

The online conference will be moderated by Jan Strupczewski (Reuters).

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* The EU Tax Observatory was created in 2021 at the Paris School of Economics, thanks to funding from the European Union. Under the direction of Gabriel Zucman, the EU Tax Observatory is hosted at PSE and aims to conduct and disseminate innovative and high quality scientific research on EU taxation, as well as to stimulate exchanges between the scientific community, civil society and policy makers.

To know everything about the European Tax Observatory
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