"Contact ban for multinationals is proving effective", say S&D Euro MPs
The contact ban of the 191 Members of the S&D Group in the European Parliament against a number of multinational companies is a success story.
Practically all big companies which had declined the invitation of the European Parliament's special tax committee are now ready to cooperate.
Eleven of the thirteen uncooperative companies, such as Amazon, Facebook, Google and Ikea, will answer questions of Euro MPs during a Committee meeting on Monday, November 16 in Brussels.
S&D Group spokesperson in the tax committee, Peter Simon said:
"It was right and it was important to show these companies that a refusal to cooperate can have very inconvenient consequences.
"Our contact ban has surely helped them to realize that a democratically legitimized committee should not be disrespected. This is an important achievement not only for the S&D Group, but for the European Parliament as a whole.
"We will definitely probe the companies. The recent decision by the EU Commission to classify certain tax avoidance models by multinational companies as illegal state aid has added a new dimension to the discussion. We are keen to hear the companies explain their tax policies to us."
The companies, which have already confirmed their participation are: Amazon, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Barclays Bank Group, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Google, HSBC Bank, IKEA, McDonald's, Philip Morris and Walt Disney.
Walmart declined and the committee has so far not received an answer from FIAT-Chrysler Automobiles.