Probe Stumbles

Juncker Out of the Woods

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E.U. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The E.U. parliamentary committee set up to investigate Luxembourg’s questionable tax incentives seems to have hit some legal snags, which could lead to Jean-Claude Juncker escaping further scrutiny.

  • Facts


    • Mr. Juncker was prime minister of Luxembourg from 1995 to 2013 before becoming president of the E.U. commission in 2014.
    • The revelation of low tax rates intended to lure international firms to Luxembourg was dubbed Luxleaks.
    • About 190 of the 751 members of the E.U. Parliament had demanded an investigative committee be set up.
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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.

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