UGTT denounces Tunisia’s blacklisting as tax haven
06/12/2017 18:04, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) denounced, in a statement Wednesday, Tunisia’s blacklisting as tax haven after a meeting of European Union (EU) finance ministers on Tuesday in Brussels.

The workers' organisation calls on the government to give this issue the attention it deserves and to examine the objective reasons for this blacklisting in a spirit of partnership, while moving forward on the path of tax reform in order to break with tax discrimination and to uphold transparency in this field in line with international standards.

The UGTT regrets such move because of the economic sanctions that may result from it at a time when the country is preparing to start a new round of negotiations with the European Union under the free trade agreement and to raise external borrowing resources for the 2018 state budget.

It said Tunisia’s naming in a blacklist of 17 countries considered as tax havens is “unfair” despite the reforms to be introduced in its tax system, adding that such a move is a blow to the process of democratic transition in Tunisia.

The UGTT has warned against the poor performance of economic diplomacy and its inability to deal with this issue submitted since 2015 to the European Commission.

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