Lawmakers’ Seek EU Tax Scrutiny of French Dairy Giant

By Linda A. Thompson

EU state-aid officials are likely to investigate the tax practices of the French dairy
group Lactalis following an informal call from European lawmakers.

Nine Green Party lawmakers urged EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to
examine the tax practices of the French multinational
Groupe Lactalis S.A. in a
Jan. 30 letter, flagging the average tax rates of Belgian and Luxembourg Lactalis subsidiaries in
recent years—2.5 and 2.8 percent respectively—as deserving “particular attention.”

“It’s hard to say definitively and it would probably be contested by the commission
itself, but I think that when members of parliament team up to file a complaint, that
will probably more quickly draw scrutiny than when two or three private individuals... read more at: