Jean-Claude Juncker, the E.U. Commission’s president, can breathe a little easier.
The former prime minister of Luxembourg may not have to face an embarrassing public inquiry by the European parliament into accusations that Luxembourg tried to attract multinational companies by offering illegal, super-low tax rates during his time as prime minister.
The censure motion proposed in the European Parliament in December put responsibility for Luxembourg’s tax policies on Mr. Juncker, its long-time prime minister and one of Europe’s craftiest politicans. A committee was supposed to begin an investigation into the legality of the Grand Duchy’s tax schemes.
But that parliamentary investigative committee may be thwarted before it begins its work following a statement from the legal services arm of the European Union’s parliament, which questioned the panel’s legality.