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Bahrain/UAE: Regional centres named in EU tax haven blacklist

The European Union has included Bahrain and the UAE in a list of 17 countries that fail to meet good governance standards on tax, in a move which could open them up to a range of sanctions. The naming and shaming of ‘non-co-operative tax jurisdictions’ on 5 December, following a meeting of EU finance ministers, is the first time that Brussels has published such a blacklist. Previously, individual EU member states maintained their own lists, with Bahrain and the UAE being the most widely cited, featuring on six lists each.

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