Last week the ADZ Green Youth (Alternattiva Demokratika Żgħażagħ) staged a silent protest in front of parliament as investigations by the European Parliament’s PANA Committee where underway. The European Parliament’s PANA Committee is investigating the practice of tax theft and tax avoidance and the practice of hiding away money in secretive jurisdictions such as Panama. The PANA committee is visiting various EU countries in its investigation.
Multinationals and millionaires not paying their fair share of taxes means that essential public services are paid for by all other taxpayers: workers, employees, small businesses and families, Those who make the most profits manage to avoid taxes and in doing so fail to support public services in the same countries in which they do business.
During the protest the youths wore masks with Minister Konrad Mizzi’s face with the Panamanian flag printed over it. They held slogans such as ‘Workers pay, millionaires steal’. Green MEP Sven Giegold joined AD Chairperson Prof. Arnold Cassola and greeted the protesters before proceeding to Parliament for the PANA committee meeting with Konrad Mizzi.
Later that evening MEP Sven Giegold joined AD and ADZ officials for a press dinner in which he gave an extensive account of the PANA committee’s meetings in Malta.