The European Parliament (EP) on Thursday voted in favor of a resolution calling for more measures to be taken against tax evasion and money laundering.

It came about as a result of the Pandora Papers.

The EP emphasizes that politicians mentioned in the Pandora Papers, including outgoing minister Wopke Hoekstra (Finance), should be held accountable for their actions.

In addition to Hoekstra, who had an interest in a letterbox company in the British Virgin Islands between 2009 and 2017, the resolution also mentions Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, President Nicos Anastasiasdes of Cyprus and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

In the resolution, the EP asks the authorities in the countries concerned to "open appropriate investigations into illegal acts".

"These politicians must be held accountable and Parliament is outraged that top European politicians were involved in shady matters such as tax avoidance," the EP wrote in a press release.

Apart from that, the EP wants EU countries to thoroughly investigate every resident mentioned in the tax evasion reports and for the European Commission and member states to better search for people who benefit from letterbox companies.

The current blacklist of tax havens also needs to be expanded.

"For example, the British Virgin Islands are not on it, while two-thirds of the shell companies in the Pandora Papers are located there," it sounds.

At the beginning of this month, the so-called Pandora Papers were leaked.

Those leaked documents exposed the hidden wealth of many world leaders, politicians and billionaires.

The list included some 35 current and former world leaders.

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