EU drops Aruba, Barbados and Bermuda from tax-haven blacklist
European Finance Ministers meeting in Brussels dropped Aruba, Barbados and Bermuda from its tax-haven blacklist.
The list, now down to 12 countries and territories, was established in December 2017 following a series of scandals, including Panama Papers and LuxLeaks, that prompted the EU to step up its action against tax fraud by multinationals and wealthy individuals.
The Finance Ministers noted that Barbados had committed to address the EU’s concerns by replacing its “harmful” preferential regimes with a measure of like effect, while Aruba and Bermuda had now fulfilled their commitments, the finance ministers noted.
Barbados and Bermuda have been shifted to the grey list of countries that have made enough commitments, while Aruba
has been completely removed from both black and grey lists.
The remaining 12 countries on the blacklist are: American Samoa, Belize, Dominica, Fiji, Guam, Marshall Islands, Oman, Samoa, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, U.S. Virgin Islands and Vanuatu.