It is, however, a long way from initial statements made by Cecilia Malmstrom, who as the home affairs commissioner in 2013, said that the executive had no intention to float a bill.
Then in 2014, media outlets throughout Europe uncovered how Luxembourg became the go-to country for corporate tax evasion.
The scandal was leaked to the media by Antoine Deltour, a former employee turned whistleblower at PriceWaterHouseCoopers, who later faced lengthy jail time and massive fines.
“What I can tell is that so far the costs of my defence have been approximately €60,000,” Deltour told this website early last year, also noting a heavy “human toll”.
The affair was an embarrassment to the commission given the secret tax deals had run rampant under the leadership of Jean-Claude Juncker, who was the Grand Duchy’s prime minister and finance minister until taking top post as president of the EU executive.
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