Papanatsiou, Trochowski discuss Greece’s tax policy and actions to fight tax evasion

Deputy Finance Minister Katerina Papanatsiou discussed the government’s tax policy and its actions to fight tax evasion with the State secretary for the German state of Brandenburg’s finance ministry, Daniela Trochowski, in meeting in Athens on Tuesday.

According to a ministry statement, Trochowski was briefed by the head of the Independent Public Revenue Authority, Giorgos Pitsilis on the new framework and the way the Authority works with emphasis on issues such as digitization and the Taxation and Customs Academy.

Papanatsiou and Trochowski also visited the offices of the Financial Crime Squad (SDOE) where they were informed about the body’s reconstruction and new way of operation.

“In the current international environment, cooperation between governments is needed to combat tax evasion. The revelations of the Paradise Papers following the Panama Papers, LuxLeaks, etc., confirm the urgency of the fight we are giving for a decisive blow to tax evasion,” Papanatsiou said after the meetings.

“Our government is constantly trying in all international organizations, as well as with bilateral co-operations, to enforce rules of transparency and fairness to finally stop the transfer of economic burdens from world elites to the most economically disadvantaged. The cooperation with the Government of the Federal State of Brandenburg forms part of this effort,” she added.

On her side, Trochowski said “the exchange of experience between our Finance Ministries is essential for both sides. We learned a lot from the Greek side and we return to Brandenburg with many new objectives.”

“At the next stage of our contacts, we will jointly identify specific areas of cooperation, such as the training of tax officials, digitization or combating tax evasion and financial crime,” she added.