A meeting was held on Thursday at the Maximos Mansion between the Minister of State Nikos Pappas, the responsible for combating corruption Panagiotis Nikoloudis and the Swiss State Secretary for International Financial and Tax Matters in the FDF Jacques De Watteville, in order to discuss ways to raise money from the amounts fled abroad and especially in Swiss banks.
Although the issue of Greek deposits fled in Swiss banks is old news, the Greek government believes that in the past not all possibilities offered by international law were used either recklessly or intentionally.
The newly elected government of SYRIZA believes that substantial amounts of Greek citizens have been deposited in Switzerland.
The attempt to identify cases of tax evasion and illegal financial transactions are included in the effort to prevent always the same people being the ones paying.
Of course no one has the illusion about the intentions of the Swiss authorities to protect deposits.
According to governmental sources, the Swiss State Secretary for International Financial and Tax Matters in the FDF Jacques De Watteville, wondered about the lack of interest by Greek authorities during the past period for lawsuits on Greek citizens and businesses in Switzerland.
More specifically, according to Jacques De Watteville, only 15 requests of collection and transfer tax interest data made by the former government.
In today’s meeting, the need of a much tighter cooperation between the Greek and Swiss Banks was raised on tax issues as well as control of bank deposits and assets of Greek citizens in Switzerland.
Among others, during the meeting the implementation of an agreement was also agreed as was the need to strengthen the transmission mechanisms and data exchange between the relevant tax authorities of the two countries.