Report: The inclusion of financial services in EU free trade and association agreements: Effects on money laundering, tax evasion and avoidance

Published August 29, 2016

In 2015 the Asser Institute and the University of Groningen were invited by the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) for the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA) to study the relation between the inclusion of ‘financial services provisions’ in the EU’s Free Trade and Association Agreements (EU FTAA) and money laundering, tax evasion and tax elusion, and set out whether the inclusion of these provisions has detrimental consequences to countering these phenomena. The report examines these questions in respect to the EU FTAA’s with Mexico, Peru and Columbia, Serbia, South Africa, and South Korea. It forms a part of the larger report of the EPRS which can be accessed through this link: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_STU(2016)579326


The part written by the researchers from the Asser Institute and the University of Groningen can be accessed here