In a promotional email from Sven Giegold, Green MEP:
Today is truly a great day. For greater tax transparency, for our democracy and also for me personally. Because just now (Thursday, 25.02) the Ministers for Economic, Industrial and Research Policy in the EU have made a groundbreaking decision in the fight against tax avoidance of multinational companies. With a clear qualified majority, the Ministers adopted a proposal for public country-by-country reporting, despite a continued blockade by several Member States. This is the breakthrough for fair corporate taxation everywhere in Europe! I have been working on this idea of country-by-country tax transparency for large corporations for almost 20 years and now the blockade in the Council is finally out of the way!
So that’s from two years before Ritchie invented the concept then.