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Towards a Level Playing Field,
second edition.


Report undertaken by Stikeman Elliott on behalf of the ITIO and STEP.

 


MEETING OF THE GLOBAL FORUM
TO DISCUSS
THE LEVEL PLAYING FIELD


DRAFT AGENDA

To be held at the Ottawa Government Conference Center,
2 Rideau Street, Ottawa

14-15 October 2003
Starting at 14:00 on 14th October 2003
and continuing until 13:00 on 15th October 2003*

TUESDAY, 14th OCTOBER

14:00 – 14:30 WELCOME
   
14:30 – 15:00 UPDATE ON CURRENT WORK
   
15:00 – 18:00 DISCUSSION OF LEVEL PLAYING FIELD ISSUE
   
  I. STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

 
a) Fair Competition

b) Equity in Standards and Timelines for OECD and non-OECD

c) Incorporating Minimum Standards in Bilateral and Multilateral Arrangements

d) Inclusive Forum for achieving Level Playing Field

e) Uniform Consequences for those that do not adopt the standard

f) Verification Process

g) Progress with third countries
   

II. DEFINING THE STANDARD

   
a) OECD Standard

b) EU Savings Directive and how it relates to OECD Standard

   
III. IDENTIFYING AND COMPARING CURRENTLY APPLIED STANDARDS
 
(Discussion to be continued if necessary)
 


COCKTAIL RECEPTION to take place at the end of the meeting on the first day.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15th

09:30-12:00 DISCUSSION OF THE WAY FORWARD
   
12:00-13:00 CLOSING REMARKS/NEXT STEPS
   
13:00 LUNCH

*The INFORMAL CONTACT GROUP (Bahamas, Belize, Cayman Islands, France, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Ireland, Japan, Mauritius, Netherlands, Panama, Samoa and the United States) will meet on Tuesday 14-October 11 :00-12 :30 and, if necessary, on Wednesday afternoon 15-October 14 :30-15 :30)


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IT’S OFFICIAL: OECD TAX PROJECT DEPENDS ON LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

In a groundbreaking decision, the OECD has committed itself to working with members of the ITIO and other countries that provide international financial services to achieve a level playing field for the exchange of tax information.





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