ActionAid Head of Advocacy, Ms Charlie Matthews, commenting at the start of the LuxLeaks appeal case, said:
“This trial is an indictment of tax secrecy. The world should not be reliant on whistleblowers to reveal corporate tax dodging.
“Secretive tax laws, sweetheart deals and tax havens make it possible for big companies to dodge tax on a massive scale. The poorest countries, the most reliant on corporate taxes, are the biggest losers in this global game of smoke and mirrors. Schools and hospitals, vital in the fight against poverty, are left starved of funding.
“The EU and UK should act to boost tax transparency by compelling companies to reveal how much tax they pay in every country where they do business, including tax havens.”