Question for written answer E-015156/2015
to the Commission
Dimitrios Papadimoulis (GUE/NGL)
Subject:Utilising the lists of Greeks holding large deposits abroad
The Greek government recently received from Germany’s central tax authority and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia information about 10 588 bank accounts held by Greek citizens in Swiss banks containing a total of 6.8 billion Swiss francs.
However, unlike the governments of other Member States, successive Greek governments have failed to take full advantage of a series of lists containing tax data on Greek citizens which could generate significant tax revenue for Greece’s public finances.
In the light of Article 9 of Regulation 472/2013 which provides that a country undergoing a fiscal adjustment programme may, in close cooperation with the Commission, take measures to combat tax evasion and tax fraud, will the Commission say:
1. How will it contribute to the utilisation of the various tax lists that the Greek authorities have in their possession?
2. Will its new Structural Reform Support Service strengthen the Greek tax authorities on a technical level? If so, how?
3. Can it, within the limits of its powers and responsibilities, help coordinate matters to ensure that all the tax lists held by the tax authorities of Member States can be fully utilised?