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Wind vane government on banking secrecy

The Luxembourg government cannot be taken with serious in the debate about banking secrecy. In a couple of days 3 contradictory messages were communicated.

On 3 February, Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker implied before Italian media he was open to discuss the abolition of banking secrecy with the European Commission.

On 20 February, Luxembourg minister for foreign affairs and immigration and Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister Jean Asselborn said in Switzerland that banking secrecy needs to be redefined, but abolishing it abruptly is not in Europe's interest

On 25 February, Luxembourg minister for justice and budget Luc Frieden said in Austria that Luxembourg and Austria were ready to take part constructively in a discussion in the EU and the OECD [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development] on how to improve international co-operation on cross-border tax evasion, but banking secrecy is not up for negotiation

Who is expressing the actual thought of the Luxembourg government on banking secrecy?

How the jurisdiction can it inspire confidence with the stakeholders all the more than some PSF are using professional secrecy in an abusive way in doing what will be called obstruction to justice in the USA?

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