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March 8, 2011
4:18 PM

Oxfam: European Parliament Sets the World Standard with an EU-wide Robin Hood Tax

BRUSSELS - March 8 - The European Parliament today adopted a report advocating the EU press ahead with the introduction of a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) on a unilateral basis to raise money for public goods, including development and climate change. The report was backed by MEPs from the whole political spectrum.

Elise Ford, head of Oxfam International’s EU office, said:

“The European Parliament set the world standard today by pressing ahead on an EU-wide Robin Hood Tax. This is great news. The EU alone could raise tens of billions of euros to help millions of people pushed into poverty because of bankers' greed.”

“With France chairing the G20 group this year, Europe is in an excellent position to make an FTT happen. We now urge MEPs to challenge their governments to back it. The EU summit later this month must be the place where the political weight tips in favor of an FTT in Europe.” 

International development agency Oxfam, alongside a broad coalition of civil society organizations, is calling for an average tax of 0.05% on share, currency, bond and derivative deals to help tackle pressing international challenges such as poverty and climate change. Only in Europe, this tax could generate €210 billion a year, according to the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (1).

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Oxfam International is a confederation of 13 like-minded organizations working together and with partners and allies around the world to bring about lasting change. Oxfam works directly with communities and that seeks to influence the powerful to ensure that poor people can improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.



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