Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is reluctant to face MEPs next week to shed light on whether the secret tax deals between more than 300 international companies and Luxembourg are in accordance with EU law.
The group of the Socialists and Democrats and the Liberal ALDE group have called on Juncker to come to the Parliament next week and provide explanations over the scandal.
But it appears that Juncker has no plans to face the MEPs anytime soon. Asked over the issue at the Commission’s midday press briefing on Friday (7 November), the Commission’s chief spokesperson Margaritis Schinas said:
“Yesterday, there have been five or six statements [from political groups] with varied content. We will make no comment on each of those statements, but if the Parliament adopts a parliamentary decision expressing the [view of the] majority of the Parliament, the Commission would make available all the information and explanation at the necessary level, in accordance to the demands of relevant services of Parliament.”