Investigation opened into MEP’s tax affairs

The Halle-Vilvoorde Judicial Authorities have launched an investigation into the Flemish nationalist MEP Mark Demesmaeker. Mr Demesmaeker is reported to owe the Tax Office a considerable sum of money. The former television presenter and journalist is to head the Flemish nationalists’ list at the October’s municipal elections in the Flemish Brabant town of Halle.
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Information about the investigation is still sketchy, but what is known is that the Judicial Authorities are acting on information they received from the Taxation Service.

The Halle-Vilvoorde Judicial Authorities’ Spokesman Gilles Blondeau "I can only confirm that the Taxation Service has passed on a case to us, in which they had already issued fines and that the Judicial Authorities are now looking into the possibility of starting a criminal investigation”.

The Francophone financial daily ‘L'Echo’ writes that Mr Demesmaeker owes the Taks Office 540,000 euro. However, no one we contacted was able to confirm or deny this.

In a reaction Mark Demesmaeker has said that he is cooperating fully with the investigation and that he hopes that it will be sorted out as quickly as possible.