• SOURCE: S&D Group at European Parliament

MEPs approve a new agenda for tax justice



Shoot Date

27 Oct 2015

Shoot Location

Strasbourg, France

Edited package in English and French
FRANCE, STRASBOURG (OCTOBER 26, 2015) (SOCIALISTS AND DEMOCRATS, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - ACCESS ALL) 1. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT IN STRASBOURG (EXTERIOR) 2. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF VOTE IN THE TAXE COMMITTEE 3. CUTAWAY: ELISA FERREIRA TALKING DURING THE VOTES 4. VOICE-OVER SAYING (ENGLISH): “This week, MEPs are taking a strong position to argue for fair and transparent corporate taxation in Europe. The European Parliament's Special Committee on TAXE has set out practical recommendations targeted at member states and multinationals, in order to put an end to preferential tax deals, which – even where they are legal – are not necessarily fair.” 5. ELISA FERREIRA (CO-AUTHOR OF THE TAXE REPORT) SAYING (ENGLISH): “The European parliament is representing citizens, and citizens cannot understand why they pay so much taxes, and multinationals pay 1 or 2per cent.” 6. CUTAWAY: ELISA FERREIRA HUGUES BAYET DURING THE VOTES 7. ELISA FERREIRA (CO-AUTHOR OF THE TAXE REPORT) SAYING (ENGLISH): “Legislation that calls for a common base to calculate the profit; reporting publicly how much profit is made by each multinationals in every member states; issues such as European regime to protect whistle blowers, or a common definition of taxation.” USA (NOVEMBER 11, 2013) (TV COUNCIL NEWSROOM – ACCESS TO ALL) 8. CUTAWAY: HEADQUARTERS OF BIG CAR COMPANIES IN THE UNITED STATES GRABEN-LECHFELD, GERMANY (JUNE 10, 2013) (EUROPEAN COMMISSION AUDOVISUAL– ACCESS TO ALL) 9. CUTAWAY: AMAZON COMPANY IN GERMANY BELGIUM, BRUSSELS (JUNE 3, 2015) (SOCIALISTS AND DEMOCRATS, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - ACCESS ALL) 10. VOICE-OVER SAYING (ENGLISH): “One of the best ways to calculate the profits made by multinationals would be to oblige listed companies to publish details of their activities and the taxes they pay in each country they operate in. The economist Thomas Piketty welcomed the proposal on this from the Socialists & Democrats:” 11. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF THE PROGRESSIVE ECONOMY CONFERENCE ORGANISED BY THE SOCIALISTS AND DEMOCRATS IN BRUSSELS 12. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF THOMAS PIKETTY TALKING DURING THE CONFERENCE 13. THOMAS PIKETTY (Economist, specialized in wealth and income inequality) SAYING (FRENCH): “I think that the publication of big companies’ accounts, country-by-country, to see what they pay is a very important measure to get more transparency in Europe. At the same time, it can only be the first step because, on a longer term, we would need a common tax on the profit of the biggest companies in Europe if we want to get out of this situation of fiscal dumping.” FRANCE, STRASBOURG (OCTOBER 27, 2015) (SOCIALISTS AND DEMOCRATS, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT - ACCESS ALL) 14. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF THE PLENARY AND THE VOTE ON TAX RULINGS 15. VOICE-OVER SAYING (ENGLISH): “ In the meantime, MEPs voted today on a tax deals resolution to clamp down on corporate fiscal fraud.” 16. HUGUES BAYET (S&D SPOKEPERSON OF TAX RULINGS) SAYING (FRENCH): “This report is very important because since the SwissLeaks and LuxLeaks affairs, we have discovered that Starbucks and Fiat have received hidden state aid from Luxembourg and the Netherlands. So all these deals are not only immoral, they are illegal! » 17. CUTAWAY: ELISA FERREIRA HUGUES BAYET DURING THE VOTES 18. VOICE-OVER SAYING (ENGLISH): “Hence the urgency of tackling the issue. As a first step, all deals – national and international – will be analysed, with no time limits. What else? » 19. HUGUES BAYET (S&D SPOKEPERSON OF TAX RULINGS) SAYING (FRENCH): “We need more transparency of course – in a clear, precise and accessible way. We also need penalties. We all know that when there are no penalties, rules are not respected. The European Commission also has a more important role to play. One cannot be judge and jury, contrary to what the Council wants. We don’t want this. » 20. CUTAWAY: VARIOUS OF ELISA FERREIRA AND HUGUES BAYET DURING THE VOTES 21. CUTAWAY: GENERAL ATMOSPHERE IN THE TAXE COMMITTEE 22. VOICE-OVER SAYING (ENGLISH): “The TAXE Special Committee has now invited a number of companies to share their views on their tax policies and practices on the 16 November before the Parliament's final vote on corporate taxation. This will be a good way to identify who is willing to co-operate and who is not…” USA (NOVEMBER 11, 2013) (TV COUNCIL NEWSROOM – ACCESS TO ALL) 23. CUTAWAY: HEADQUARTERS OF SOCIETE GENERALE 24. CUTAWAY: HEADQUARTERS OF HSBC
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