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Professor Cutajar to Eurofora on Paradise Papers scandal: Shaky Legal claims + No Transparency

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Четверг, 11 Январь 2018
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*Strasbourg/Press Club+International Kleber Library/Angelo Marcopolo/- At an event co-organized by Strasbourg's Press Club and International Kleber Library, University Professor Chantal Cutajar, (Experienced on Transborder Financial Crime, where she helped build a European Network funded by the EU: See http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eusciencefundsimpact.html), presented Today a Legal Experts' Analysis on the still contentious Issue of so-called "Paradise Papers" Scandal, where Controversies are still going on Worldwide, and she resumed later (*) to "Eurofora" the main substance of that Topical Debate, where she was associated also with French Expert on Corporate Criminal Law, Philippe Marchessou, (a long-time "Eurofora"s aquaintance from Strasbourg's Faculty of Law) :

 
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  Cutajar is also Director of the European College for Financial Investigations and Financial Analysis of Crimes (see: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/eucommissionerredingoneuprosecutorandtraining.html), as well as Head of GRASCO (the Group for Research and Action on Organized Crime), and her Research extends at a Wide area, including, f.ex., also "Cyber-Crime" via Internet, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/cyberattaksandeurules.html), etc.

 

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 -  Here, "the Problem is that some have Claimed that the <<Paradise Papers'>> Set up might be Legal", she told "Eurofora" from the outset.


 - "So, we organized a Discussion about that, with Experts on Corporate Law and Fiscal Law, where it was demonstrated that, in fact, all that, cannot be really legal"...


 - In particular, "since that is used in order to Avoid Fiscal Obligations, it canNot be Legal", she stressed.


 - "Such cases concern Both Individual Persons and Corporations".
 - Especially "when they use all possibilities of Corporate and Fiscal Law in order to Avoid Taxes", Cutajar pointed out.


 - F.ex., "it was demonstrated that this was used even by the Queen of England, or Hamilton who bought his Airplane withOut paying Added Value Tax, a Corporation which created a Subsidiary Company in order to Corrupt for obtaining Procurements, etc"...


 - A Key point in that is the "use of Off-Shore Companies" : F.ex., "in Organized Crime cases, Money Laundering is done via Off-Shore Companies, and in Tax Fraud, the Tool is Off-Shore Companies".

 

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 - That's why, "for me, My Struggle is for Transparency of Corporations. Because, as long as there is No Corporate Transparency, it will always be possible to do things in Secret", by abusing of procedures, "through a System of Intermediaries", etc., she Warned.


 - In Fact, all those who take Benefit from such shady moves, Bear at least a Responsibility for Faulty Negligence, if not for doing that on Purpose". Because "a Lawyer must Always Question the Aim of an Operation", Professor Cutajar underlined in Conclusion.

 

 

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[(*) NOTE : "Eurofora" had been, Earlier, at a CoE's Event, organized on the Same Day and even Hour, at the Other Side of Strasbourg  : See adjacent Publication]
 
 
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Sarkozy and Merkel want deals with Obama on European Security at Strasbourg's NATO 2009 Summit

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In parallel but concording moves, EU Chair, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angie Merkel both invited this week US-President elect, Barack Obama, to discuss important deals breaking new ground on European Security during the NATO's 60 Years Anniversary Summit of Heads of State in Strasbourg, where Obama is expected to make his 1st visit to Europe as a President on April 2009.

Merkel focused mainly on smoother NATO - EU Defence and Security policy cooperation, while Sarkozy spoke about PanEuropean Security, associating both Russia and the USA, proposing to freeze missile and shields' deployement until an agreement is reached.

But both tackled some hard nuts to crack : Turkey's VETO against the participation of EU Member Cyprus to EU-NATO cooperation, and Russia's anouncement on deployment of missiles up to Kaliningrad, at EU's belly, in reply to USA's wish to set up missile shields in EU States such as Poland or Czech Republic, etc.


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- "Certainly...one of the points that we'll dicuss with the New US President", Barak OBAMA, "who will come f'or the 1st time in Europe as president, at the NATO Summit", co-hosted by France and Germany in Strasbourg, ""concerns, above all, the European Security and Defence Policy" (ESDP), and "the relations between NATO and its partners", with whom it should "work together", anounced earlier this week Merkel.

We must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", because of a "series of practical issues, sometimes difficult to understand", but that "we must discuss".

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- "An example" of that is "the issue of Cyprus and Turkey", said Merkel, where Ankara raises problems "from Kosovo up to Afghanistan", as also CoE's chair, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt recently observed in Strasbourg replying to EuroFora's questions.

- "We must do something to smoothen this problem for good, and not only on a case-by-case basis, laboriously negotiated each time". Here, we must find "a reasonable and adequate concept to articulate NATO and European Security and Defense policy", Merkel stressed.

- "With good will from all sides, it could and should be posible. Germany wants also to help on that". Otherwise, "the coming generations will not understand why it took Decades to do so". But, if we "don't even achieve that for Decades, this would be an Historic Failure !", the German Chancellor warned

- "I think that our American partners are increasingly realizing that", Merkel said, pleading for "a stronger European Security and Defence policy, with which, I believe, the Atlantic Security Partnership can also strengthen and solidify".

Meanwhile, USA is also due to take in 2009 a special status inside EU-led EUROCORPS, the European Army HeadQuarters, based in Strasbourg.

Merkel said that after meeting in Berlin with NATO's Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, earlier this week, precisely in order to "prepare NATO's Summit", scheduled for the beginning of April 2009 in Strasbourg.

Scheffe, knows well Strasbourg, since he chaired the CoE, as Holland's Foreign Minister, when he brokered a controversial deal precisely on Turkey and Cyprus about the implementation of ECHR judgements on Greek Cypriot displaced persons' houses and properties in 2003. He returned later at least once, for a WEO meeting at the CoE, where he precisely had highlighted such EU - NATO issues.

EU Commission's 2008 Report on Turkey has just observed that, on European Defense - Security policy, "Turkey continues to object to EU-NATO Cooperation which would involve all EU Member States". "This created Problems for EU-NATO co-operation in the context of Civilian ESDP missions, in particular in Kosovo and Afghanistan".
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 French EU Chair, President Sarkozy and Merkel are visiting Washington on Friday and Saturday for a Global G-20 Summit with current US President George Bush, on the sidelines of which are expected preparatory contacts with US President-elect Obama's entourage, even if himself might stay in Chicago until he takes over on January 21.

Before going to Washington, Sarkozy concluded today an UE - Russia Summit with Dmitry Medvedev, where they "spoke in length on PanEuropean Security" :

- As EU President, I proposed that we meet on mid-2009 in a framework such as OSCE's in order to set the foundations of a Future Pan-European Security, which would associate Russia and USA, and that, meanwhile, nobody speaks about deploying missiles or shields, which complicate the situation".

- NATO's Summit in Strasbourg-Kehl, on April 2009 is a perfect occasion to discuss with our American friends and to prepare a possible OSCE Summit for these issues f.ex. for June or July", Sarkozy concluded.

- We must all abstain from Unilateral measures" dangerous for Europe's security. "Russia only reacted to decisions taken by some other countries. But if they are ready to cooperate, we are ready to discuss. EU could be an intermediary", added Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, before going himself too at the Washington G-20 Economic Summit.

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