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‘Banking secrecy’s days numbered’
VIENNA: Europe is heading towards the automatic transfer of banking data to fight tax evasion, Prince Hans-Adam of Liechtenstein said Tuesday, amid growing pressure to abandon banking secrecy.
“I think that we are moving in the direction of automatic data transfer. The pressure is growing ever greater,” the tiny principality’s former head of state said in a visit to Austria.
Consensus is building in the European Union to abolish banking secrecy and for countries to automatically pass information on bank depositors to the countries where they pay tax.
Still holding out however is Austria, although the government has said that it is willing to discuss lifting banking secrecy for foreign depositors, but not for Austrians.
At present Austria, which was sharply criticised this week by Brussels, levies a withholding tax on interest earned held by foreign investors and only informs their home countries if requested to do so.
Euro, yen head higher in quiet trade
NEW YORK: The yen bounced back before crossing the 100 level against the dollar and the euro pushed higher as a slow-news day spread relative calm in the foreign exchange market.
The euro pushed to $1.3081 at 2200 GMT from $1.3005 late Monday, its best level in two weeks.
The dollar slipped back to 99.18 yen from 99.36 yen, while the euro gained slight...