New publication on the impacts of the schemes revealed by the Panama Papers, April 2017

On 27 April 2017, Blomeyer & Sanz and the Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services presented a new study to the European Parliament committee on Money Laundering, Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion titled: ‘The Impact of Schemes revealed by the Panama Papers on the Economy and Finances of a Sample of Member States’. 

The study assesses the impacts of the schemes revealed by the Panama Papers, a set of documents leaked from the law firm Mossack Fonseca detailing tax evasion and avoidance practices, and published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in April 2016. The study explores the concepts and roles of tax havens and offshore financial centres, their budgetary, and the economic and financial impacts in a sample of EU Member States. The research combined previous estimates of tax revenue loss with a microeconomic assessment based on data on companies that are thought to be linked to the Panama Papers schemes. The most significant impacts identified are the negative effects on Member States’ budgets, with wider knock-on effects on economic growth and financial markets. It is recommended that further steps are taken at the national, EU and international levels to increase transparency of corporate and individual taxation and to limit the scope for tax evasion and tax avoidance.

The full report can be found here. the presentation slides can be found here


TACOD mid-term meeting in Brussels, June 2014

Screenshot 2014-07-21 13.10.41On June 25th Blomeyer & Sanz hosted at the Veneto Regional Office in Brussels the mid-term meeting for the TACOD project. The aim of the meeting was to present preliminary findings of our research on the legal framework concerning open data and anti-corruption in Spain, Italy, Austria and the United Kingdom. In addition, Professor Richard Rose presented his paper on public opinion about corruption in the four EU Member States. Based on data from the 2013 Special Eurobarometer survey 397, his paper highlighted that TACOD citizens see corruption as high at all levels of government. Political parties are in all four countries most likely to be judged corrupt. The mid-term meeting ended with the official launch of the new TACOD project website:

TACOD national stakeholders meeting in Madrid, May 2014

logosOn May 14th, Blomeyer & Sanz hosted at the European Commission Representation in Madrid a national stakeholders meeting in light of the TACOD project. The meeting was organised in collaboration with the University Institute Ortega y Gasset and incorporated in their XXV Permanent Seminar on Public Administration and Economy. The seminar was titled: ‘Open Government, Limits and Possibilities’. 18 speakers were invited representing business and public sector, academia and civil society. Three panel debates respectively focused on: the theoretical framework of open government: practitioners views on the use of open data against corruption; and best practices from public authorities. During the first panel, Antoni Gutiérrez-Rubi (specialist in political communication) presented three ingredients for open government: 1) dedication to transparency; 2) institutional reforms; and 3) civil participation. Helen Darbishire (Director Access Info Europe) as practitioner commented that the latter (civil participation) needs to be underlined in a national strategy on open data and that the challenge is to achieve greater participation in the ICT-side of open data, primarily to increase quality of data. During the final panel, Manuel Arenilla (Director of the National Institute for Public Administration – INAP) concluded that in search of openness, the State needs to promote good practices by, for example, providing training to civil servants on how transparency can increase quality and integrity of the public administration.
Find here the agenda of the meeting.
Find here the full seminar report.

Kick-off meeting TACOD in Venice, January 2014

Screenshot 2014-05-28 16.01.18Blomeyer & Sanz launched a new project titled: ‘Towards an European Strategy to Reduce Corruption by Enhancing the Use of Open Data’. The work will take place from January 2014 to April 2015 and will explore the potential use of open data as an anti-corruption tool.

TACOD is funded by the European Commission (DG HOME) and aims to advance the understanding of the necessary preconditions for transparency and reduce corruption by enhancing the capacity of target groups to prevent corruption by using open data. In order to do so, we will:

  • develop strategic tools and assessment techniques to monitor the potential impact and actual use of open data and open government data for the prevention and detection of corruption in four EU Member States (Austria, Italy, Spain, UK)
  • produce a policy paper for the European Commission to support the use of open data for anti-corruption activities
  • raise awareness and enhance capacities among civil society and the media about the potential use of open data to prevent corruption.

Our partners in the project are:

  • Research Centre on Security and Crime (RISSC) – leader
  • Transparency International Italy
  • Transparency International UK
  • Centre for the Study of Governance and Transparency, Kellogg College, Oxford University
  • Nottingham University
  • Institut für Konfliktforschung

More information will follow.