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NATIONAL WORKSHOPS

VIRTEU

Vat fraud: Interdisciplinary Research on Tax crimes in the European Union
(Grant Agreement no: 878619)

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DIRECT LINKS TO SELECT JURISDICTIONS

EVENT OVERVIEW

The VIRTUE National Workshops bring together high-level experts in the area of anti-tax crime and anti-corruption to explore and discuss burning issues affecting the select jurisdictions: Bulgaria, Denmark, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.


During the workshop, and through a series of questions, several experts were called upon to provide critical evaluations based on their professional experience about the relation between tax crimes and corruption. The discussion aimed at shedding light on systemic weaknesses within the context of contrasting such criminal phenomena from a legal and practical perspective.


In particular, each workshop is divided into two main sessions. The firts session is devoted to the exploration of the following topics:

•  The phenomenon of tax crimes;

•  The complexity of the legal system and adequacy of the legal definitions;

•  The potential deficiencies of the legal system;

•  The sectoral vulnerabilities to fraud and corruption in the area of taxation.

The second session offers a special focus on these additional topics:

 

• The role of professionals as enablers of economic crime;

• Institutional corruption and undue influence on the political decision-making process;

• Effectiveness and limits of investigative powers and anti-tax crime/corruption strategies;

• Attribution of corporate criminal liability and settlement procedures;

• The relevance of whistleblowing and whistleblowers protection.

VIRTEU National Workshop

Greece - 16th of July 2021

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VIRTUE National Workshop

Greece -Video Recording of Session 1

VIRTUE National Workshop

Greece -Video Recording of Session 2

Welcome and Introduction:

• Costantino Grasso 

Associate Professor in Business and Law at Manchester Law School, and VIRTEU Principal Investigator

Moderators:

• Lorenzo Pasculli (Session 1)

Associate Head for Research at Coventry Law School, and VIRTEU Co-lnvestigator

• Costantino Grasso (Session 2)

Associate Professor in Business and Law at Manchester Law School, and VIRTEU Principal Investigator

National Experts:

• Ioannis Blatsos

Financial Crime Unit (S.D.O.E.) of Northern Greece

Ioannis Morozinis

Lawyer and Adjunct Lecturer at the Law School of the Democritus University Thrace

Antonis Baltas

Lawyer and Member of the NGO Transparency Greece, Former Assistant at the Special Ministerial Agency against Corruption

Christos Naintos

Financial Prosecutor of Thessaloniki

Dimitrios Voulgaris

Lawyer and Adjunct Lecturer at Athens Law School

Project Experts:
Nikos Passas
Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University, and VIRTEU Area Leading Expert for Criminology

Vasileios Petropoulos
Criminal Lawyer at Ovvadias S. Namias; Law Firm, and VIRTEU National Leading Expert for Greece

Donato Vozza 
PROTAX Research Associate in Economic Crime at the Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity of Coventry University

VIRTEU National Workshop

United Kingdom - 23rd of July 2021

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VIRTUE National Workshop

United Kingdom -Video Recording of Session 1

VIRTUE National Workshop

United Kingdom -Video Recording of Session 2

Welcome and Introduction:

• Dr. Costantino Grasso 

Associate Professor in Business and Law at Manchester Law School
VIRTEU Principal Investigator

Moderators:

• Dr. Lorenzo Pasculli (Session 1)

Associate Head for Research at Coventry Law School
VIRTEU Co-lnvestigator

• Dr. Costantino Grasso (Session 2)

Associate Professor in Business and Law at Manchester Law School
VIRTEU Principal Investigator

National Experts:

• Lloydette Bai-Marrow

Founding Partner Parametric Global Consulting, Former Principal Investigative Lawyer at the Serious Fraud Office

Mike Betts

Head of Learning and Counter Fraud Studies, CIFAS

Rachel Cook

Senior Associate, Peters and Peters LLP

Dilpreet K. Dhanoa

Barrister at Field Court Tax Chambers

Adam Luck

Freelance Investigative Journalist

Osita Mba

Solicitor in England and Wales, Chartered Tax Adviser, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Former Lawyer for Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

Project Experts:
John Christensen
Founder and Chair of the Board of Tax Justice Network

Branislav Hock
Senior Lecturer in Economic Crime at the University of Portsmouth

Mary Inman 
Lawyer and Partner, Constantine Cannon London Office

Michael J. Ronickher
Lawyer and Partner, Constantine Cannon Washington Office

Donato Vozza 
PROTAX Research Associate at Coventry University

VIRTEU National Workshop

The Netherlands - 19th of October 2021

VIRTUE National Workshop

The Netherlands -Video Recording of Session 1

VIRTUE National Workshop

The Netherlands -Video Recording of Session 2

Welcome and Introduction:

• Dr. Costantino Grasso 

Associate Professor in Business and Law at Manchester Law School
VIRTEU Principal Investigator

Moderators:

• Dr. Lorenzo Pasculli (Session 1)

Associate Head for Research at Coventry Law School
VIRTEU Co-lnvestigator

• Dr. Costantino Grasso (Session 2)

Associate Professor in Business and Law at Manchester Law School
VIRTEU Principal Investigator

National Experts:

• Pascal Bonnet

Project Manager in the Area of Anti-Money Laundering at the Dutch Fiscal Information and Investigation Service Department (FIOD)

• Martin Lambregts

Public Prosecutor at the Netherlands Public Prosecution Department

• Josien Pauwelussen

Public Prosecutor at the Netherlands Public Prosecution Department, and National Expert at the European Anti-Fraud Office
Project Experts:
• Prof. Joseph A. McCahery
Full Professor in Commercial and Business Law at Tilburg University, and VIRTEU National Leading Expert for the Netherlands

• Dr. Branislav Hock
Senior Lecturer in Economic Crime at the University of Portsmouth

• Paul Pudschedl 
Lecturer in Finance and Researcher at Tilburg University.

Donato Vozza 
Lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Roehampton

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