Commissioner De Gucht accused tax fraud
Belgium's Tax Inspection Service has accused European Commissioner Karel De Gucht of tax fraud. The service says that De Gucht and his wife failed to declare the profit that they made on the sale of shares of the Vista group on which tax was due. The profits are said to total €1.2m in an operation dating from 2005. De Gucht's lawyer maintains that the profit was made in 2001 and that at this time no tax was due. De Gucht and his wife have been receiving attention from the taxman for several years now. The tax service was eager to discover the source of certain sums including the money used to pay for De Gucht's holiday home in Italy. The European Commission says that it considers the dispute a private matter.