[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

quarta-feira, 31 de maio de 2017

MEPs grill Juncker over LuxLeaks: ‘You turned from Saul to Paul’

PANA Committee meeting - Public Hearing, with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission.
[European Parliament]

Juncker was thrust into the world spotlight in late 2014 when his native EU duchy was singled out in the LuxLeaks scandal as a tax haven for dozens of multinationals, including Ikea and Pepsi.

Juncker admits he is 'weaker' after fresh batch of Luxleaks revelations

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker admitted that he has been weakened by the revelations of controversial corporate tax avoidance schemes during his long tenure as prime minister of Luxembourg, his confirmation coinciding with a new batch of publications exposing the schemes.

Juncker made his comments while addressing a European Parliament hearing on the Panama Papers, in which he also argued EU member states could still use tax policy to compete for investment.

Greens slam Commission for blocking Panama Papers probe

MEPs from the Greens/EFA group voiced frustration today (2 February) with being blocked in their investigation of the Panama Papers and on the ways in which money laundering and tax evasion are made possible in the European Union.
“I am in favour of tax competition but it has to be fair and it was not always fair,” Juncker told MEPs in Brussels.

“(As prime minister) I was with a few others neglecting that dimension … on fair competition,” he added, referring to the practice of EU neighbours using low taxes to outgun each other for foreign investment.

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