Letter to Amol Rajan, Editor of The
Your Headlines in today's newspaper and online,
"Channel Tunnel Accused of 'outrageous' tax avoidance" and "The Eurobond tax
scandal: Channel Tunnel Accused of 'outrageous' tax avoidance", are misleading,
show an extraordinary disregard for factual reporting and are completely
unacceptable. Further, the use of an image of a Eurotunnel Shuttle at the
Channel Tunnel portal, with the logo clearly visible, compounds your error.
You have identified the "Channel Tunnel" in
your headlines whilst the article is clearly concerned with other, completely
separate transport infrastructures, notably HS1, a railway line running across
the Kent countryside carrying high speed trains between London and
The Channel Tunnel is, by contrast, an undersea
tunnel connecting Great Britain to France, below the English Channel operating
shuttle services for cars and trucks and providing access to rail freight and
high speed passenger trains.
The operator of the Channel Tunnel is Groupe
Eurotunnel SA (GET SA), an independent, privately owned French company, based in
Paris. Groupe Eurotunnel SA fully respects both French and UK tax legislation,
paying all the tax it owes.
The irresponsible confusion that you have
caused tars the image of the Channel Tunnel and Eurotunnel as its operator, is
damaging to our reputation and potentially harmful to our business.
At the very least I expect you immediately to
correct the headlines and publish an apology in your online edition and to
publish an apology in tomorrow's newspaper, explaining your error and completely
exonerating Eurotunnel of any wrongdoing.
I would also expect a letter
of apology from you to our shareholders.
GET will monitor public reaction and its
shareprice closely over the following days and will not hesitate to seek
recourse if your actions are shown to have a negative impact on our public and
UK Public Affairs Director of