The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission (G7 leaders) met in Brussels on 4-5 June 2014. Originally a G8 summit was scheduled to take place in Sochi (Russia) in early June under Russian presidency; however, at a meeting 24 March in The Hague (Netherlands) the G7 leaders decided to meet in Brussels in the [G7 format](http://www.european-council.europa.eu/g7brussels) instead.
The event was co-hosted by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. The agenda included discussions on global economic, energy and climate development challenges. The summit was also the occasion for G7 leaders to address a number of bilateral questions and hold their own national briefings.
The communiqué issued at the conclusion of the Summit includes a reference to the commitment by G7 nations to curtail tax evasion. It states, *“We will continue to work to tackle tax evasion and illicit flows of finance, including by supporting developing countries to strengthen their tax base and help create stable and sustainable states.”*
[The Brussels G7 Summit Declaration](http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/en/ec/143078.pdf)
[Closing remarks by President Van Rompuy](http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/en/ec/143115.pdf)
[Closing remarks by President Barroso](http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-14-432_en.htm)