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Tax evasion/Luxembourg leaks

EU Parliament inquiry committee gains cross-political support and must be swiftly put in place


A proposal from the Greens/EFA group for a full European Parliament inquiry committee into tax evasion and dumping following the Luxembourg Leaks revelations today received the required support of 25% of the European Parliament (1). The Greens/EFA group welcomed the cross-political support from all parliamentary groups and called on the Parliament and its president to move to set up the committee without delay. Announcing the development, Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts said:

"We welcome the cross-political support for an inquiry committee into tax avoidance and dumping in Europe. This broad support confirms that such a committee is indeed the most appropriate and significant tool available to the European Parliament to investigate the Luxembourg Leaks revelations and ensure a comprehensive response at EU level. The European Parliament and its president must now move swiftly and take the relevant steps to ensure the committee is set up, so no more time is lost."

Greens/EFA economic and finance spokesperson Sven Giegold added:

"Ensuring a comprehensive EU response to this scandal is crucial for the credibility of the European institutions and the breadth of political support for the inquiry committee demonstrates this. The fact that it is the pro-European forces in the Parliament that have supported the inquiry committee, and not the far right or UKIP, underlines that this is not an exercise in Europe- or Juncker-bashing but an attempt to ensure a credible EU response.

"With EU governments refusing to take serious steps to tackle the problem of tax evasion in Europe, it is all the more important that the European Parliament fills this vacuum. An inquiry committee is the most powerful tool available to the EP and can investigate breaches of EU law by member states and if the Commission acted in accordance with its duties under the EU treaties. It will ensure MEPs have sufficient resources for such an investigation, as well as access to the necessary documents. As such, it is far more effective than merely drafting initiative reports, as had originally been proposed.

"We are also continuing to work to improve EU taxation legislation and last week tabled an amendment on the introduction of tax transparency obligations for big corporations. We call on the other political groups, EU governments in Council and the Commission to support this important measure."

(1) The European Parliament can set up committees of inquiry to investigate cases of breaches or poor application of EU law. To be created, the proposed committee must have the support of 25% of MEPs (188 MEPs), with the terms of reference to be confirmed by the conference of presidents of the political groups, before the European Parliament plenary votes to approve the committee: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/aboutparliament/en/00aab6aedf/Committees.html

The full draft mandate for the proposed committee can be found at: /legacy/fileadmin/dam/Documents/2014-11-18_luxleaks_inquiry_committee_mandate.pdf  

Los Verdes/ALE consiguen las firmas para que el Parlamento Europeo investigue el caso Lux Leaks

Se han alcanzado las 188 firmas para investigar el escándalo del fraude fiscal en Luxemburgo sin ningún firmante del PSOE ni del PP


Hoy el Grupo Verdes/ALE ha conseguido las firmas de 188 miembros del Parlamento Europeo para impulsar una Comisión de Investigación sobre el fraude fiscal en Luxemburgo. Este requisito era imprescindible para elevar la petición a la Conferencia de Presidentes, el equivalente a la junta de portavoces, que es el último obstáculo. Ningún representante del PP y PSOE han querido firmar la posición, aunque otros miembros de sus grupos europeos si lo han hecho. La iniciativa de los Verdes necesitaba como mínimo las firmas del 25% de los miembros de la cámara, cosa que se ha conseguido durante el día de hoy. 

El eurodiputado Ernest Urtasun ha asegurado: 

"Con tantos apoyos de todos los grupos, la gran coalición no podrá detener su creación, que se debe hacer lo antes posible. Esta iniciativa de los verdes es mucho más ambiciosa que otras que se habían impulsado desde la gran coalición para aguar la investigación.

Necesitamos una respuesta contundente de la UE ante un escándalo que afecta al propio presidente de la Comisión Europea. Junker debe dar la cara, esta comisión es la herramienta más apropiada para que se investigue todo lo que hizo cuando era presidente de Luxemburgo. Y la Comisión de Investigación tiene competencias, recursos e independencia, cuando se apruebe tendrá 12 meses para investigar en profundidad.

Es una lástima que ni PP ni PSOE hayan querido apoyar la iniciativa, insistimos a sus eurodiputados y eurodiputadas sin obtener ninguna respuesta, lamentamos que no quieran perseguir hasta el final delitos fiscales."

El texto con la iniciativa registrada por los verdes que ha conseguido las firmas se puede consultar aquí (en inglés):

/legacy/fileadmin/dam/Documents/2014-11-18_luxleaks_inquiry_committee_mandate.pdf