New proof of corporate tax evasion on Juncker’s watch emerges
GUE/NGL questions credibility of new Commission chief
In light of new evidence that further confirms Luxembourg knowingly complies with tax avoidance on an industrial scale, GUE/NGL President Gabi Zimmer has commented on the urgent need for real action on EU corporate tax evasion.
"While these latest revelations from the international consortium of investigative journalists (ICIJ) are certainly no surprise, they provide invaluable new evidence that the Luxembourg state is knowingly complicit in tax evasion on a massive scale," said the German MEP.
The findings show that 340 major companies set up specially-designed corporate structures with the Luxembourg authorities in order to cut their tax - and all this was going on under the watchful gaze of new Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who was Luxembourg's Finance Minister at the time.
"Juncker has serious questions to answer," added Zimmer. "How much longer can these types of cosy relationships between elected governments and corporations continue? EU Finance Ministers meeting in Brussels tomorrow must address the details of these latest revelations and tackle corporate tax avoidance once and for all. "
Read the ICIJ findings
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