EU's Juncker warned about Luxembourg tax deals in 1997: letter

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker was alerted in 1997 about the risks of tax breaks his then government in Luxembourg granted multinationals, according to a document obtained by AFPEuropean Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker was alerted in 1997 about the risks of tax breaks his then government in Luxembourg granted multinationals, according to a document obtained by AFP on Thursday. Juncker, who was Luxembourg prime minister for nearly 20 years, sent a letter to Fabio de Masi, a German leftist member of the European Parliament, containing a page from a secret 1997 report on the tiny duchy’s fiscal practices. In the report, Jeannot Krecke, then a member of the duchy’s parliament, asked Juncker, who was both premier and finance minister, to closely monitor the activities of “bureau 6,” which dealt with taxation of multinationals.

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