UK Green MEP, Molly Scott Cato, is to be part of a special committee that will investigate tax evasion and dumping in Europe following a vote today in the European Parliament [1]. MEPs overwhelmingly voted in favour of creating a special committee to investigate tax avoidance in the wake of the Lux Leaks scandal. Although the Greens/EFA group had been pushing for the creation of a stronger inquiry committee, the mandate is the same and Greens claim without their efforts, the European Parliament would have had no standing investigation. Dr Scott Cato said:

“I am relieved that after many months of obstruction, largely by the groups to which Tory and Labour MEPs belong, there will now be an investigation into the serious issues that have been brought into the spotlight by Lux Leaks and indeed other recent tax avoidance scandals. It is clear that without the pressure brought about by Greens and our petition calling for an inquiry which received the required support of 25% of MEPs, there would have been no serious investigation.”

The mandate of the committee is the same as the mandate proposed by the Greens/EFA group for the inquiry committee, with a view to investigating cases of breaches or poor application of EU law with regard to taxation. Dr Scott Cato concluded:

“We will work constructively within this special committee to ensure it properly investigates tax dumping and evasion in Europe, but if it cannot ensure that, we will renew our push for a full-blown inquiry.”

Note
[1] The special committee will be composed of 45 MEPs. The Greens/EFA group will have three full members – Sven Giegold, Eva Joly and Philippe Lamberts – and three substitute members – Ernest Maragall, Molly Scott Cato and Ernest Urtasun. The mandate of the committee is the same as the mandate proposed by the Greens/EFA group for the inquiry committee, with a view to investigating cases of breaches or poor application of EU law with regard to taxation. The initial time-frame of 6 months could be extended.

 

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