Panama Papers: report by Parliamentary Inquiry Committee expected for July 12th
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    Panama Papers: report by Parliamentary Inquiry Committee expected for July 12th

    The report by the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee, devoted to the Belgian element of the Panama Papers, is expected on July 12th. This has been indicated by its President Ahmed Laaouej (PS). He stated that the report will be read during an “in-camera” session. Ahmed Laaouej added this session will be followed by a meeting of the Special Committee, the conclusions of which are still yet “to be subject to discussion on political grounds.” He further indicated, “The objective is still to complete our work before the summer recess,” thus July 12th or the following week.

    Instigated in Spring 2016, in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal – a vast leak of documents on large-scale tax evasion concerning amongst others 732 Belgians – the Parliamentary Special Committee was extended to include the Inquiry Committee last February. This was done to be able to remove the professional secrecy requirement, which a certain proportion of professionals heard by the deputies were subject to. Initially announced for the end of May, then for June, the Parliamentary Inquiry Committee’s report will finally be presented on July 12th.

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times