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Els eurodiputats donen suport delator d'impostos fallada Edouard Perrin

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b3a4042653a223aed5aeaeb8eb5dcaa81e37c1a3Els eurodiputats han expressat un suport especial al periodista francès Edouard Perrin (A la foto), who is being prosecuted in Luxembourg for his part in revealing secret tax rulings in the Grand Duchy. In a hearing with Parliament’s Special Tax Rulings Committee the words MEPs used to describe the prosecution  ranged from “foolish” to “scandalous”.    

Van dir que els denunciants haurien de rebre protecció quan revelessin un comportament contrari a l'interès públic i no només quan revelessin activitats il·legals. Richard Brooks, del Consorci Internacional de Periodistes d'Investigació, va dir que també hi hauria d'haver una major obertura sobre les resolucions fiscals i disposicions similars i que els països que defraudin altres països haurien de ser sancionats.

The Luxleaks journalists were invited to Parliament to share their views and experiences and were warmly welcomed by MEPs, who complimented them on “their courageous work”.

Van incloure Perrin, que va revelar "trossos" relacionats amb els impostos el 2011 i el 2012, però va dir que no va veure cap reacció política fins a les revelacions de Luxleaks del novembre del 2014.

In his own case, Perrin said that it was a pity that “legal charges are brought against people who reveal certain practices, not against those who are involved in these dealings”.  Another problem is that protection is weak, because the rulings are considered “legal”, he added.  “Your contribution is essential for our work,” Rapporteur and Portuguese Socialist deputy Elisa Ferreira told journalists.

El relator d'ALDE, Michael Theurer, membre alemany, va acordar que es tractava d'un "periodisme valent". El president del comitè, Alain Lamassoure, diputat del PPE francès, va citar un exemple de França, on França 2 recently revealed secret tax agreements reached with “partially publicly funded companies like EDF and Renault”.

International Consortium member Lars Bové said that the main question that needed to be answered was “whether a multinational company had ‘substantial activities’.”  Bove added: “If that were not the case, they were just fiscal constructions. What we witnessed is that the tax rulings were used on an enormous scale, whereas they were in fact far-reaching fiscal constructions with gateways to fiscal havens worldwide, like Gibraltar”, he said, adding that “tax rulings commissions should have some form of scrutiny.”

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Brooks, un altre membre del consorci, va dir que les autoritats fiscals haurien de comprovar si una empresa té substància, tot i que, segons va reconèixer, això podria ser difícil atesa la manca de personal dels departaments tributaris dels estats membres. Kristof Clerix, també del consorci, va dir que el treball dels seus membres atraia cada vegada més denunciants, després de les seves revelacions sobre fuites offshore, Luxleaks i Swissleaks.

He nonetheless warned that whistleblowing is “not a good career move” as most end up in financial difficulties.  “Maybe you should think of financial awards, as they have in the US,” he suggested, referring to awards granted by the US Internal Revenue Service for revelations of illegal tax planning.  A committee delegation recently visited Luxembourg to investigate its tax-ruling practices.

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