Sven Giegold

Invitation – Tax evasion and tax competition in football – Hearing in the Panama Inquiry Committee next week

Dear correspondents,

Even the splendid game of football is not free from tax scandals. As you will be aware, there are a number of ongoing investigations into the tax practices of stars like Ronaldo and Messi. There is also unfair tax competition between football clubs across Europe. The Panama Inquiry Committee in the European Parliament has therefore invited representatives of FIFA, UEFA and others, to discuss the issue and possible solutions to the problem of tax dodging in football.

The first panel on football leaks will be followed by a panel on the tax practices of German company BASF. The Greens/EFA Group has prepared a study on corporate tax avoidance.

You can find the details here:


The hearing will take place on:

Tuesday 26 September, 2017

From 9am to 12.30 pm

In room (ASP)5G2, European Parliament


Greens/EFA will also be represented by Sven Giegold. I will also be available for comments after the hearing.

You can also follow the hearing live:



9.05 – 9.45am        First panel: Football leaks – Presentations by speakers

  • Kimberly Morris, Head of TMS Global Transfers & Compliance – FIFA
  • Julien Zylberstein,  legal counsel at UEFA
  • Gregor Reiter, Deutsche Fußballspieler-Vermittler Vereinigung E.V. – European Football Agents Association (EFAA)
  • Merijn Rengers, investigative journalist NRC Handelsblad – European Investigative Collaborations (EIC)

9.45 – 10.40         Discussion with PANA Members

10.40 – 11.10       Second panel: Caterpillar and BASF – Presentations by speakers

  • Exchange of views on Caterpillar (refused to come)
  • Dr. Wolfgang Haas, President Legal, Taxes, Insurance & Intellectual Property – BASF
  • Bastian Brinkmann, Journalist from Süddeutsche Zeitung

11.10 – 12.05          Discussion with PANA Members

12:05 – 12:10         Conclusions by the PANA Chair

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