“There was a lot of support outside the court. It is a partial victory that for the first time in Europe that a national judge
The Frenchman also revealed to International Tax Review that he is considering appealing the decision.
“I need time to read carefully the judgment and then I will make a decision,” he said. “The last possibility [is] to contest the
Despite the fact that he was convicted, Deltour is optimistic that his case will have a positive impact and bring greater tax transparency in the future.
“It’s a step forward to whistleblowers in Europe, as my lawyer said it is the first time a European judge
“Unfortunately, the first trial and the appeal trial gave a lot of attention to the messenger and not to the message, which is about tax competition in Europe and how it is more or a little more transparent thanks to the leak. Tax competition is more intense than ever with the decreasing corporate tax rates everywhere in Europe and I think that is having consequences on budgets and public policing.”
“Today’s decision is a recognition of my role in this story,” he added.
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