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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

Bulgaria - 29th of June 2021

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VIRTUE National Workshop

Bulgaria - Video Recording of Session 1

VIRTUE National Workshop

Bulgaria- 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:

• Diyana Bankova

Lecturer specialized in audit oversight at the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs - Police Faculty
• Vera Denizova 
Journalist at Capital Weekly 

• Bistra Nikolova
Chief Assistant Professor at University of Economics - Varna 
• Petya Staneva
Chief Revenue Expert at the National Revenue Agency
• Lubka Tzenova 
Associate Professor in Tax Law at VUZF vusefè University
• Petar Tsankov
State Revenue Expert at the National Revenue Agency

Project Experts:

• Daniela Mineva
Senior Analyst at the Center for the Study of Democracy

• Ruslan Stefanov 
VIRTEU National Expert for Bulgaria, and Director of the Economic Program at the Center for the Study of Democracy

• Kristina Tsabala
Intern at the Center for the Study of Democracy

• Sanni Tiusanes 
Intern at Director of the Economic Program at the Center for the Study of Democracy

• Donato Vozza 
Lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Roehampton
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VIRTEU National Workshop

Denmark - 28th of March 2022

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VIRTUE National Workshop

Denmark - Video Recording of Session 1

VIRTUE National Workshop

Denmark - 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:

•  Benjamin Carl Krag Egerod

Assistant Professor at the Department of International Economics, Government and Business Copenhagen Business School
• Jesper Olsen 
Chairman of Transparency International Denmark, External Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science of the University of Copenhagen 

Project Experts:

• Alex Cobham
Economist and Chief Executive of the Tax Justice Network, Founding Member of the Steering Group of the international Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation

• Pietro Maria Sabella 
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Criminal Law at Luiss University in Italy and Member of the European Research Center on Tax Crimes
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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 
Lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Roehamptoniv

VIRTUE National Workshop

Italy - Video Recording of Session 2

VIRTEU National Workshop

Italy - 29th of April 2021

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VIRTUE National Workshop

Italy - Video Recording of Session 1

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:

• Dr. Samuel Bolis
Lieutenant Colonel of Guardia di Finanza

• Marco di Siena
Partner at Chiomenti LLP

• Pietro Molino
Deputy General Prosecutor at the Italian Supreme Court

• Fabrizio Reggiani
Partner at Severino Penalisti Associati LLP

Project Experts:

• Prof. Antonio Gullo
Full Professor of Criminal Law at University LUISS Guido Carli 

• Dr. Pietro Maria Sabella
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Criminal Law at Luiss University in Italy and Member of the European Research Center on Tax Crimes

• Dr. Rossella Sabia 
Postdoctoral Researcher at University LUISS Guido Carli 
Postdoctoral Global Fellow at NYU School of Law

• Dr. Pietro Sorbello 
Colonel of Guardia di Finanza 
Adjunct Professor in Criminal Law at University of Teramo

• Donato Vozza 
Lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Roehampton

 

Please note that the video recordings are in Italian with subtitles in English (translation by Benedetta Zanolla and Kelsey Trotta).

VIRTEU National Workshop

The Netherlands - 19th of October 2021

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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

VIRTUE National Workshop

United Kingdom - Video Recording of Session 1

VIRTEU National Workshop

United Kingdom - 23rd of July 2021

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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 
Lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Roehampton