Last week, the Council of Ministers removed eight countries from the EU’s list of non-cooperative states for tax purposes – only one month after the list was set up. The removal of these countries from the ‘black’ list was done following political commitments, but not on effective and concrete actions. The countries include Barbados, Grenada, Korea, Macao SAR, Mongolia, Tunisia and the U.A.E. Even Panama -just a few years after the ‘Panama Papers’ scandal- was removed from the list. According to CESI this is a sign that the governments of the Member States of the European Union are deliberately undermining the actual fight against tax avoidance.