Grenada Asks European Union to Take it Off Tax Haven Blacklist

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Thursday December 7, 2017 – Grenada is asking the European Union (EU) to remove it from the global tax haven blacklist released earlier this week.

Grenada was one of four Caribbean countries on the list of 17 non-cooperative jurisdictions in taxation matters, prepared by the European Council’s Code of Conduct Group after months of investigation. The other Caribbean nations were St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados.

A statement from the Ministry of Finance said the minister has requested that the Eastern Caribbean nation “be de-listed soonest considering that we adequately and formally indicated our commitment to comply with all the stipulations of the Code of Conduct Group going forward, and therefore should not have been included on the published blacklist”.

The reason put forward for Grenada being included in the list was that it has not signed  and  ratified  the  Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Multilateral  Convention  on  Mutual  Administrative Assistance  as amended, and did not clearly commit to addressing these issues by December 31, 2018.

However, the Finance Ministry said it is important to note that Grenada made high level commitments, complete with timelines, to the EU Code of Conduct group by way of letters on November 17 and 28, 2017, “to action concerns raised by the group regarding meeting all the criteria set up by the EU Council for Transparency and Fairness in Taxation”.

“And we are well on track to doing so,” it said.

“Grenada has enacted and signed into force both the primary and secondary legislation which are required for implementing the OECD Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance. In addition, Grenada has expended a significant amount of resources to put in place structures and processes to facilitate exchange of information on taxation with countries in the European Union.”

The Finance Ministry said Grenada had inadvertently not provided a timeline for signing the OECD Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance, given that no timeline was in the Code of Conduct Group request.

“It must be noted though, that Grenada fully stated its commitment to sign in aforementioned correspondences. Now that the blacklisting for that reason has been brought to our attention, the Minister of Finance has written to the code of conduct group, specifying our commitment to sign the OECD Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance by 31st December, 2018,” the statement added.

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