Prime Minister of St Lucia, Allen Chastanet, has described as “bullying” the blacklisting and designation of some Caribbean countries as tax havens by the European Union (EU). In a recent Gleaner interview, the St Lucian prime minister indicated that the heads of government of the Caribbean Community should not be passive about this issue that could result in reputational damage to regional states. He says the heads of government will adopt a strategy and a way forward to be able to fight anybody or any institution or country that in any way tries to undermine the reputation of the region and its people. He reasoned that the same principle of democracy and rule of law that Europe defends is apparently being breached by their own actions. Late last year, European finance ministers had said that Barbados, Grenada, St Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago were among 17 countries on the blacklist of tax havens, after 10 months of investigations by EU officials. Caribbean countries have been very critical of being designated as tax havens, arguing that they have done everything required by various European organisations like the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.