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Blacklists - what do they achieve?

Given the implications which will inevitably arise from being included in a blacklist of any sort, you might expect a body with the stature of the European Commission to take a more measured approach

24 June 2015

No doubt many of you by now will have seen that Guernsey was included on a list of 30 so-called 'non-cooperative' non-EU jurisdictions, by the European Commission (EC).

It is fair to say that there has been much shock and surprise, not only locally, but internationally at our inclusion.

The Guernsey government has already written to Pierre Moscovici, the European commissioner with responsibility for tax, requesting for us to be removed from this list as soon as possible. It remains a fact that we lead a number of EU member states on tax transparency and cooperation, and will be partners of the EU in the automatic exchange of information under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS).

Misleading conclusions

However the wider point I wish to make in this blog is how lists such as the one issued by th...

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