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The swipe at fiscally agile multinationals which gives this post its title comes from Richard Murphy at a recent event held in Brussels for NGOs, MEPs and other stakeholders to discuss the draft transparency directive issued by the European Commission. The new directive picks up the political momentum created by the US Dodd-Franks legislation passed in 2010 and would force all companies listed on European stock exchanges (plus large non-listed companies) to disclose payments for access to oil, gas, minerals and timber in each country where they operate, rather than on an aggregated basis as things stand now. With the above comment Murphy, a divisive and quasi-evangelical tax activist, was making an important distinction.