BRUSSELS – The EU may probe sweetheart tax deals that US fast food icon McDonald’s allegedly agreed with Luxembourg, the bloc’s competition chief said today, adding to a growing list of suspects.
“We are looking if we should open a case on McDonald’s” based on information supplied by unions, EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said.
“It is to see if we have to open a case,” said Vestager, who in recent weeks has shown no fear in launching separate anti-trust probes against US Internet giant Google and Russia’s Gazprom.
She told a special European Parliament committee, set up in February to investigate special “tax rulings” across the EU, that it was unlikely current cases would be the last.
The EU is already investigating tax deals between US tech giant Apple and Ireland, coffee-shop chain Starbucks in The Netherlands, plus Amazon and Italian automaker Fiat in Luxembourg. – TRP / Pic Macdonald’s Japan