Media Advisory: 7th Meeting of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, 28-29 October, in Berlin, Germany


Boosting international cooperation in tax matters will be at the top of the agenda of the 7th meeting of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, to be held in Berlin, Germany on 28-29 October.


The Global Forum is the world’s largest network for international cooperation in the field of taxation and financial information exchange, bringing together  122 countries and jurisdictions plus the European Union. The Berlin meeting will see attendance of more that 200 delegates from more than 95 member jurisdictions and 12 International organisationswhich will discuss new steps to accelerate international cooperation against tax evasion.


Global Forum members will discuss planned improvements to the existing standard on exchange of information on request, including introduction of a new requirement that information be available on beneficial owners of legal entities.


Global Forum members are also expected to announce their commitments to implement the new international standard on automatic exchange of information.


Finance Ministers from a number of countries and jursidictions will sign an Multilateral Competent Authority agreement on implementation of the automatic exchange of information standard, signaling a new step towards greater transparency. The standard, developed by the OECD in cooperation with G20 countries,  will facilitate tax authorities’ access to financial information and boost worldwide efforts to crack down on tax evasion.


There are two events open to the press:


Signing ceremony on the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement

Photo opportunity (photographers and tv-crews only!)

When: Wednesday, 29 October 2014 from 2.30 to 3.30 pm

Who: More than 50 countries and jurisdictions

Where: Federal Ministry of Finance, Wilhelmstraße 97, 10117 Berlin (Room Eurosaal)

Please note: There is a camera pool for television journalists. International tv crews should contact Reuters-TV:


Global Forum Closing Press Conference

When: Wednesday, 29 October 2014 from 3.30 to 4.30 pm

Who: Finance Ministers from G5 countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom), Chair of the Global Forum, Mr. Kosie Louw and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.

Where: Federal Ministry of Finance, Wilhelmstraße 97, 10117 Berlin (Room Matthias-Erzberger-Saal)

Journalists wishing to attend should register at:


A webcast of the press conference will be available on this link:


  • Please register by 27 October on
  • Press centre: Journalists can work in the ministry’s press centre from 12 noon to 6 pm.
  • Admission: Because of the necessary security checks we recommend that you arrive well ahead of time. Admission to the ministry starts at 12 noon.


For further information on the press events please contact: Frank Paul Weber, Spokesperson / Press Officer at Germany’s Federal Ministry of Finance (+49 30 18682 4291)  or Jeremy Maddison, Global Forum press officer (+33 6 13 77 35 10).


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