Sven Giegold
Spitzenkandidat von Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen für die Europawahl

Sprecher der Europagruppe Grüne
„Kommt, wir bauen das neue Europa!“

LuxLeaks Inquiry on hold until 5th February 2015 in Conference of Presidents

This morning the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament (i.e. the President of Parliament and the political group chairmen and -women, CoP) shortly discussed and then postponed our Green proposal for a full inquiry committee into tax evasion and dumping in Europe following the Luxemburg Leaks revelations.

 

Prior to the CoP meeting, the heads of Christian Democrats/Conservatives, Social Democrats and Liberals announced that they would not block an inquiry committee. Earlier, the leadership of those three groups had opposed an inquiry committee. The Conference of Presidents followed the President of the European Parliament Schulz´s proposal to first conduct a purely legal examination in the following order:

 

1.) European Parliament´s (EP) services check the signatures.

 

2.) EP’s legal service checks the legal basis and compatibility with internal rules and the treaties.

 

3.) On 5th February, the Conference of Presidents will debate the draft mandate. On the same day, the adoption of the mandate for an inquiry committee is foreseen. As a final step the plenary of the Parliament has to approve the proposal.

 

Statistics on supporters of the inquiry committee

https://sven-giegold.de/2015/aus-welchen-laendern-kommt-unterstuetzung-fuer-luxleaks-untersuchungsausschuss/

 

Country     Signatures     Members     Percentage

BE    6     21     29%

BG    0     17     0%

CZ    5     21     24%

DK    4     13     31%

DE    45     96     47%

EE    2     6     33%

EI    6     11     55%

EL    7     21     33%

ES    22     54     41%

FR    25     74     34%

HR    2     11     18%

IT    22     73     30%

CY    2     6     33%

LV    2     8     25%

LT    1     11     9%

LU    1     6     17%

HU    2     21     10%

MT    0     6     0%

NL    3     26     12%

AT    4     18     22%

PL    1     51     2%

PT    8     21     38%

RO    0     32     0%

SI    2     8     25%

SK    1     13     8%

SU    2     13     15%

SE    7     20     35%

GB    7     73     10%

 

Lux Leaks signatures/ Analysis by political group

EPP                        20/219                  9,1%

S&D                       31/191                  16,2%

ECR                        11/71                     15,5%

ALDE                      14/68                     20,6%

GUE/NGL            50/52                     96,2%

V/ALE                    50/50                     100%

EFDD                     17/48                     35,4%

NI                   1/1                         100%

 

For further background:

https://sven-giegold.de/2015/luxleaks-inquiry-committee-wins-cross-political-support/