1. The Committee on Political
Affairs and Democracy considers the report “Lessons from the ‘Panama Papers’
to ensure fiscal and social justice”, presented by the Committee
on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development, as being
very timely and relevant and it congratulates Mr Stefan Schennach,
2. This report results from the grouping of three motions: Doc. 14034 “The ‘Panama Papers’ – an opportunity to expose corruption
and organised crime”, Doc.
14045 “The ‘Panama papers’ and the concern about fiscal, social
justice and public trust in our democratic system”, and Doc. 14047 “Panama Papers: what lessons for the state of democracy
in Council of Europe member States?”, regrouped, by the Bureau,
under Reference 4210 of 27 May 2016. In addition, the Committee
on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development decided to
merge into this report the motion on “Effectively combating the
adverse consequences of dirty money” (Doc. 13150, Reference 3952 of 26 April 2013).
3. Welcoming the general findings of this report, the committee
proposes to further clarify and refine the draft resolution contained
in the main report through a number of amendments.