‘Disloyal: EU criticises Vienna over banking secrecy’

Published on 11 December 2013 at 11:12

Cover

At a meeting of European finance ministers on December 10, Austria and Luxembourg once again blocked an agreement on the automatic exchange of banking data, reports Der Standard. The daily explains that —

Austria and Luxembourg moved to block the amended version of the European Savings Directive, which aims to ensure that EU countries will be able to effectively tax their citizens, even those with bank accounts abroad. This is also the reason for the exchange of banking data between tax authorities throughout the EU.

Other EU member states, which were outspoken in their criticism of Luxembourg and Vienna, deplored a veto that will be of benefit to tax evaders. Worse still, explains Der Standard, Vienna has struck a deal with Washington on an exchange of data between the two countries that is almost fully automatic: a development that has angered the European Commission, which “is demanding equal treatment from Austria.”

Receive the best of European journalism straight to your inbox every Thursday

We hope you enjoyed this article.

Would you consider supporting our work? Voxeurop depends entirely on subscriptions and donations from its readers.

Discover our offers from €6/month including subscribers-only benefits.
Subscribe

Or make a donation to bolster our independence.
Donate

Are you a news organisation, a business, an association or a foundation? Check out our bespoke editorial and translation services.

Support border-free European journalism

See our subscription offers, or donate to bolster our independence

On the same topic