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News article15 January 2016Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union5 min read

Platform for Tax Good Governance

The Platform for Tax Good Governance assists the Commission in developing initiatives to promote good governance in tax matters in third countries, to tackle aggressive tax planning and to identify and address double taxation. It brings together expert representatives from business, tax professional and civil society organisations and enables a structured dialogue and exchange of expertise which can feed into a more coordinated and effective EU approach against tax evasion and avoidance.

What's new?


  • On 28 January the Commission presented a Communication on an External Strategy for Effective Taxation as part of its Anti Tax Avoidance Package: Next steps towards delivering effective taxation and greater tax transparency in the EU. The External Strategy outlines measures to promote tax good governance internationally and formally updates the overview of third country jurisdictions listed by Member States for tax purposes.
  • On 15 January the Commission published a Call for applications for the selection of non-government members of the Platform for Tax Good Governance.


The Platform meets several times a year. It is chaired by the Director-General of DG Taxations and Customs Union, Mr. Stephen Quest.


Members of the Platform are the tax authorities of all Member States and 15 organisations representing business, civil society and tax practitioners. Representatives from accession countries and from the OECD may be invited to the Platform as observers.

Organisations selected as members of the Platform


AmCham EU

BEPS Monitoring Group


European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CESI)


Christian Aid

European Association of Tax Law Professors (EATLP)

European Public Service Union (EPSU)

European Tax Adviser Federation ETAF AISBL

Federations of European Accountants (FEE)

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)


Oxfam International

Tax Executives Institute

Key documents:

Meetings & Documents



12 September 2018
23 March 2018
14 December 2017
18 October 2017
15 June 2017
7 December 2016
16 September 2016
  • 14 June 2016
  • 15 March 2016
  • 30 Nov 2015
  • 24 September 2015
  • 10 July 2015
  • 2 March 2015
  • 19 December 2014
  • 10 June 2014
  • 06 February 2014
  • 16 October 2013
  • 10 June 2013




  • On 10 June 2013, the Platform held its opening meeting in Brussels.
  • On 8 May the due date for the Call for Applications ended. The members of the newly established Platform were appointed from the respondents to the Call for Applications. In total 15 organisations were informed of their selection and accepted their nomination.
  • On 23 April 2013 the Commission adopted a Decision setting up the Platform for Tax Good Governance . On that same date, the Call for Applications to select the members of the Platform was launched.



Publication date
15 January 2016
Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union