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Tunisia removed from EU tax haven blacklist

Image of a tax calculator [Dave Dugdale/Flickr]
Tax calculator [Dave Dugdale/Flickr]

The Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that the Ministers' Economic and Financial Affairs Council of the European Union has removed Tunisia from the list of non-cooperative countries on taxes.

In a statement issued yesterday the ministry expressed its satisfaction with the decision, "which culminated its efforts at the political and diplomatic levels, to urge the institutions of the European Union to review their decision to put its name on the blacklist of non-cooperative countries".

On 5 December the EU issued a decision to include Tunisia on the list of countries that are considered tax havens and non-cooperative.

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The Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' statement stressed the importance of "permanent and continuous coordination between the European Union's services and the Tunisian specialised services in order to avoid future inconveniences".

Tunisia had previously expressed its "surprise and dismay at being 'unfairly' classified in the blacklist of non-cooperative countries on taxes, as it does not at all reflect its efforts to comply with the international requirements of fiscal transparency".

The UAE's Ministry of Finance also announced that the European Union had removed its name from the blacklist of non-cooperative countries.

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