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Breakthrough for LuxLeaks investigation: EU commission releases secret documents


Jean-Claude Juncker announced in a lettter to the President of the EU Parliament, Martin Schulz, that the special committee on taxation (TAXE) will be granted access to secret documents. These documents are unpublished minutes and room documents of meetings of the responsible “EU Code of Conduct Group on Business Taxation”.

 

MEP Sven Giegold, financial and economic policy spokesperson of the Greens/EFA group commented:

 

“The release of the secret documents is good news in the fight against tax avoidance in Europe. The access to the documents means a breakthrough in the investigation of the LuxLeaks scandal. With these 5,500 secret documents, the EU Parliament will be able to clarify who is responsible for decade-long tax avoidance in several EU countries. Our stubborn persistence towards the EU Commission and national governments has finally paid off. Citizens have a right to know who bears the responsibility for the EU’s worst tax scandal.

 

The details of the access to documents has now to be agreed. Juncker has announced that some documents may only be read in an “in camera meeting”. Limited access to the documents may not sabotage the investigation.”

 

Link to the letter of Jean-Claude Juncker announcing the release of the documents: http://www.sven-giegold.de/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Juncker-to-Schulz_access-to-documents_CoCG_0802162.pdf.pdf

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