On 12 September, the European Commission released a proposal called “Business in Europe: Framework for Income Taxation” (BEFIT) and two associated proposals on transfer pricing and a Head of Office tax system.
Cecilia Perez Weigel
Cecilia Perez Weigel is a European Policy and Outreach Associate at the Tax Foundation, where she focuses on international and European tax issues.
Prior to joining the Tax Foundation, Cecilia interned at the American Chamber of Commerce in France, the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, and the Public Finances Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal.
Cecilia holds a joint master’s degree in transatlantic affairs from the College of Europe in Bruges and the Fletcher School in Boston, a master’s degree in European regulation from Sciences Po Paris, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and international affairs from Sciences Po Paris.
Cecilia is French and Guatemalan. She is fluent in Spanish, French, and English, and has a good command of Russian and German. She enjoys learning new languages, playing chess, and gastronomy.
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