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

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VIRTEU benefits from the participation of a group of internationally renowned Impact Partners. Such a partnership of organisations will provide the Core Research Team with valuable advice on how to enhance the impact of the research focusing on how to mitigate the adverse effects of tax crimes and tax corruption.

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The Tax Justice Network (TJN) is an independent international network launched in 2003. Its core mission is to "change the weather" on a wide range of issues related to tax, tax havens and financial globalisation, and push for systemic change. TJN has developed the Financial Secrecy Index, which ranks jurisdictions according to their secrecy and the scale of their offshore financial activities, as well as the Corporate Tax Haven Index, which ranks the world’s most important tax havens for multinational corporations, according to how aggressively and how extensively each jurisdiction contributes to helping the world’s multinational enterprises escape paying tax.



John Christensen headed the government economic service of the British Channel Island of Jersey from 1987 to 1998. Since 1978 he has been researching the role of tax havens in the global economy, and his researches include a period of working in offshore finance for Big 4 accounting firm Deloitte. He is a Founder and Chair of the Board of the global Tax Justice Network, a specialised network which provides expert legal, accounting and economic advice on offshore finance. John originally trained as a forensic investigator, and subsequently studied economics. His most recent film - The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire - was released in 2017 and has been viewed by over two million people.


Naomi Fowler is the Tax Justice Network's creative strategist. She also produces and presents the Taxcast, the Tax Justice Network's monthly podcast/radio show. She also directs the Tax Justice Network's monthly podcast/radio shows in Spanish - Justicia ImPositiva, Arabic - الجباية ببساطة French - Impôts et Justice Sociale and Portuguese - É da sua conta. She produced programming for broadcasters around the world for 15 years, was Programme Director at a radio station in Latin America and has lived and worked in various countries. She's currently based between London, Sicily and Spain.


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