U.S./European group claims EU discriminates by barring 'U.S. Persons' from Covid bonds

A recently-formed alliance of "accidental Americans" in the Netherlands and a group calling itself Bi-National European Investment Bankers (BiNEIB) is urging the European Parliament to end what they call the "discriminatory, fundamental rights-violating" practice of prohibiting U.S. citizens resident in the EU, as well as EU/U.S. dual citizens, from being able to purchase so-called EU SURE and Next Generation EU (NGEU) bonds.

No hoped-for breakthroughs seen to emerge from Tuesday's landmark ECOFIN discussion of FATCA

Last Tuesday's eagerly-anticipated (online) discussion of the controversial American tax law known as FATCA by the EU's Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) – which had been flagged up in advance by campaigners who argue that it causes a raft of problems for "accidental Americans" as well as ordinary American expats and dual U.S./EU citizens – failed to deliver any significant breakthroughs to the law's oponents, beyond ECOFIN's assurance that it stands ready to assist those member states that seek to challenge it. 

MEPs, European 'accidental' petitioner slam lack of response by EU Commission to U.S. 'extraterritoriality'

A series of speakers, including four members of the European Parliament, on Tuesday slammed what they said was the European Commission's continued failure to take serious action aimed at addressing the banking and tax problems that thousands of American/EU dual nationals have been struggling with for years – problems that they said are expected to get worse if nothing is done.

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U.S. Treasury belatedly reveals 'regulatory reform' talks with EU

The U.S. Treasury this week revealed that it had met last Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington with representatives from a number of EU organizations, including the European Commission, European Banking Authority and the European Securities and Markets Authority, "to exchange views on financial regulatory developments". It said the meetings had taken place as part of ongoing regulatory discussions between the Treasury and the EU entities.

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Accidental Americans' latest: Dutch EU parliamentarian writes to Moscovici

European Parliamentarian Sophie in 't Veld has called on French politician Pierre Moscovici to ensure that the European Commission for Economic and Financial Affairs – which he heads up – “starts taking [the problems that Accidental Americans are facing in Europe because of FATCA] seriously,” and “stops hiding behind excuses."

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You really know you're an American expat when...

You really know you're an American expat when...

Like folks everywhere, Americans are often surprised to discover how different things can be when they live abroad. Sometimes the differences are small; sometimes they're hilarious. In recent years, as...

Nov-25-2021