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Presseschau: Berufungsurteil im LuxLeaks-Prozess

Fabio De Masi war am 15.03.2017 in Luxemburg zur Urteilsverkündung gegen die LuxLeaks Whistleblower Antoine Deltour, Raphaël Halet und den Journalisten Edouard Perrin, die schmutzige Steuerdeals für Konzerne offen legten. Über das Urteil berichtet die Presse und zitiert Fabio De Masi.

 

03/26/2017

THE WIRE

Secret Tax Deals Increased Substantially After Luxleaks, by Ida Karlsson

"The LuxLeaks scandal erupted in 2014 and sparked a major global push against generous deals handed to multinationals, which grew even stronger with new revelations such as the Panama Papers.

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“This is obviously deeply concerning and shows that reforms in Luxembourg and elsewhere are a bit of a mirage, in particular since there is still no public scrutiny of these rulings yet,” Fabio De Masi, a politician from Die Linke in Germany and a Member of the European parliament, told IPS.

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“It is scandalous that those who did an invaluable service to society, risking their careers, have again been found guilty while the rich and powerful rob hundreds of billions of euros from citizens,” Fabio de Masi said..."

The full-text article is available on The Wire's website.

 

17. März 2017

TAX JUSTICE

#LuxLeaks appeal verdict: tax justice heroes convicted again

"[...] Antoine Deltour said today:
“This disappointing judgment constitutes an additional argument for going ahead with recent European initiatives towards whistleblowers’ protection”
And on that subject we quote here MEP Fabio De Masi:
“It is scandalous that those who did an invaluable service to society, risking their careers, have again been found guilty while the rich and powerful that rob hundreds of billions of euros from citizens in the EU through tax avoidance and tax evasion face no consequences.”
“The European Commission has failed to propose a framework for the protection of whistleblowers despite repeated calls by the European Parliament and concrete suggestions on the table. This is also a personal responsibility of Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker who promised at the LuxLeaks committee hearing in 2015 to address the question at European level – without result so far.“
“Our parliamentary group will request the topic again to be put on the next plenary agenda and maximise pressure on the Commission. We will support Deltour and Halet in any further legal steps – also at the level of European courts.” [...]"

The article is available at taxjustice.net

 

16. März 2017

TAGEBLATT (Luxemburg)

Viel Unterstützung

"[...] Auch zur Urteilsverkündung hatten sich zahlreiche Personen und Organisationen solidarisch gezeigt. Sie hatten sich kurz vor der Gerichtssitzung vor dem Gebäude versammelt. Es wurden Reden gehalten, es wurde gesungen. Zu den Unterstützern zählten unter anderem die „Jonk Lénk“, „support-antoine.org“, „Parti communiste“ aus Frankreich, der französische Gewerkschaftsbund CGT und „attac“ Frankreich.  [...] 

Auch Fabio de Masi, Linken-Europaabgeordneter, betonte, dass egal, was passiere, man bis zum Schluss hinter den Whistleblowern stehen werde und sie sogar bis zum Europäischen Gerichtshof begleite, falls es so weit komme. Denn es reiche nicht, diesen Menschen auf die Schulter zu klopfen, sondern man brauche Aktionen, um sie zu schützen. "

Der Artikel "Viel Unterstützung" erschien im Tageblatt auf Seite 3.

 

EU OBSERVER

LuxLeaks whistleblowers sentenced again

"[...] "It is scandalous that those who did an invaluable service to society, risking their careers, have again been found guilty while the rich and powerful rob hundreds of billions of euros from citizens," said radical-left MEP Fabio De Masi, who is vice-chair of the European Parliament’s inquiry committee for Panama Papers, another raft of revelations on tax evasion practices.

The LuxLeaks revelations also triggered a special committee in the parliament, to shed light on tax rulings in Europe. [...]"

The article is available at euobserver.com

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