Federal deputy Henrique Fontana (PT-RS) filed, on Wednesday (6), the Bill 3455-2021, which provides for the control and prohibition of the participation of public agents in activities with accounts offshore within the world financial system.
According to the text of the proposal, the list of public agents includes the president and vice president of the republic, the ministers of state, the presidents of the Central Bank, Banco do Brasil and Caixa Econômica Federal, high-ranking officials of governments and managers of Brazilian public companies.
The project also prohibits the opening, maintenance and equity participation in accounts offshore abroad by candidates for elective positions – at the federal, state and municipal levels -, from the ratification of candidacies and extending for a period of two years after the end of the legislature.
In Fontana’s assessment, Economy Minister Paulo Guedes committed an act of financial corruption by keeping R$51 million in account offshore in the British Virgin Islands tax haven “to make a lot of money with speculation against the Brazilian currency and with the absurd increase in the value of the dollar, as a result of the economic policy that it conducts, which is immoral and criminal”.
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As the congressman explains, the objective of the project is to prevent state managers from interfering, with their actions within the scope of public companies and in the adoption of executive economic measures, in the profits and financial movements of companies offshore, acting in this way for your own benefit or that of another person.
Fontana also emphasizes the importance of creating and improving instruments that can curb possible illegalities that use indiscriminate legislation, as in the cases of offshore, which make often suspicious operations legal.
“From an ethical point of view, it is possible to question the validity of this type of operation which, although legal, as long as declared to the competent inspection bodies, can often disguise actions related to the evasion of foreign currency, money laundering, corruption and concealment of assets”, warned the deputy.
Source: BdF Rio Grande do Sul
Edition: Marcelo Ferreira