COFFERS – Combating Fiscal Fraud and Empowering Regulators

Period: October 2016 – October 2020


The European Union confronts expanded inequalities across a range of areas from gender, to generational, wealth, mobility and opportunity. One underlying factor common to these expanded inequalities is deficiencies in fiscal systems. The ‘Combating Fiscal Fraud and Empowering Regulators’ (COFFERS) project addressed these deficiencies as policy innovation at national, regional and international levels undergoes a period of accelerated development. The consortium identified deficiencies and opportunities for upgrading in tax law, tax policy development, tax administration and enforcement at the EU level and across Member States. The project is now concluded and has produced five tools to assist in the fight against tax evasion, avoidance and fiscal fraud. A brief overview of the results are accessible through the European Commission’s Community Research and Development Information Service (CORDIS). More information on the five tools or other project related publications can be accessed via the COFFERS Homepage.

The COFFERS project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement no. 727145.

FIRMBACKBONE: Data-Infrastructure on Dutch Companies for Academic Research

Period: October 2020 – present

FIRMBACKBONE is an organically growing longitudinal data-infrastructure with information on Dutch companies for academic research. Once it is ready, it will become available for researchers affiliated with universities in the Netherlands through ODISSEI, the Open Data Infrastructure for Social Science and Economic Innovations.

FIRMBACKBONE is an initiative of and collaboration between Utrecht University and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam that is funded by PDI-SSH, the Platform Digital Infrastructure-Social Sciences and Humanities, for the period 2020-2025.