Public reporting: summary of country ratings

European Parliament
The European Parliament has proposed that multinational corporations should publish country by country data from all countries where they do business, but included a corporate get-out clause, which would allow corporations to ask for exemptions and keep a selected part of their data secret if they feel public disclosure could harm their business
European Commission
The European Commission has launched a proposal that would require multinational corporations to publish country by country data from some countries but not others. This conflicts with the fundamental idea of public country by country reporting, which is to obtain a full overview from all countries where a corporation is operating. The proposal is therefore, in reality, not country by country reporting.
Austria
The Conservative party, which recently won the election in Austria, has repeatedly spoken out against public country by country reporting.
Belgium
The official position of the Belgian government is unclear. However, the Belgian Finance Minister has repeatedly spoken out against public country by country reporting.
Czech Republic
The Czech Republic supports changing the legal basis of the European Commission’s proposal on public country by country reporting, which would mean that the European Parliament would be excluded from the negotiations and a final decision would require unanimity among EU member states. In reality, this would result in an unambitious outcome.
Denmark
Denmark supports the position of the European Commission.
Finland
Finland supports the position of the European Commission.
Germany
The former German government spoke out against public country by country reporting, and at the moment there are no indications that any new government will take a different position.
Hungary
Hungary’s position on public country by country reporting is unclear.
Ireland
The Irish government supports changing the legal basis of the European Commission’s proposal on public country by country reporting, which would mean that the European Parliament would be excluded from the negotiations and a final decision would require unanimity among EU member states. In reality, this would result in an unambitious outcome.
Italy
Italy’s position on public country by country reporting is unclear.
Latvia
The Latvian government would like to change the legal basis of the proposal, so that the European Parliament is excluded from the negotiations and a final decision would require unanimity among the EU member states. In reality, this would result in an unambitious outcome.
Luxembourg
The government of Luxembourg is against public country by country reporting and would like to change the legal basis of the proposal, so that the European Parliament would be excluded from the negotiations and a final decision would require unanimity among the EU member states. In reality, this would result in an unambitious outcome.
The Netherlands
The previous Dutch government supported full public country by country reporting, but the public announcements from the new government suggest that they instead support the position of the European Commission.
Norway
The position of Norway is unclear since the Parliament has voted for public country by country reporting, but the government has not followed up.
Poland
Although Poland has taken concrete steps towards increased corporate transparency at the national level, its position on the issue of public country by country reporting at EU level is currently unclear.
Slovenia
Slovenia supports full public country by country reporting.
Spain
The position of Spain is currently unclear.
Sweden
The Swedish government would like to change the legal basis of the proposal, so that the European Parliament would be excluded from the negotiations and a final decision would require unanimity among EU member states. In reality, this would result in an unambitious outcome.
United Kingdom
The UK government states that it supports public country by country reporting on a global level, but its position on public country by country at an EU level is unclear.

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