While citizens have to pay taxes, most countries in Europe let wealthy multinational corporations get away with dodging billions of euros.
The European Commission plans to give more to corporations to sue European countries, despite broad public pressure not to extend corporation’s privileges, including more than 93,00 of you! We know this is a long term battle, but we also know it’s worth the fight that’s why we are still watching and acting. Don’t miss the boat: sign and fight for a European democracy led by the people and not by greedy corporations!
More than 47,000 Europeans asked EU leaders to take action to fight tax fraud, tax evasion and money laundering, and we delivered all those signatures to the members of the European Council. Following that, in June, the European Parliament set up a Panama Paper Inquiry Committee to investigate the maladministration in the application of EU laws on money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion. There’s more work to be done, but this is a great start!
The European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) allows people to participate directly in the creation of EU laws. Over six million Europeans have used it to stand up to defend media freedom, water as a public good, restriction of animal testing, high quality European education for all, and many other issues that affect us all. Sadly the ECI has proven to be highly inefficient and lacks teeth.
We lost a battle but achieved so much more than we had hoped. In just a few days we collected over 280,000 signatures calling for the rejection of legislation that puts whistleblowers and journalists at risk of being imprisoned for working in the public interest. It looked like the vote was going to be postponed - thanks in part to the pressure we put together on the European Parliament. Sadly the vote went ahead and the law was passed. Now the law needs to be adapted by each EU country before it takes effect.
In the past, we also worked on campaigns aimed at encouraging our community in the UK to take a stand on the EU referendum, exposing the Volkswagen fraud, rejecting the xenophobia and intolerance that is spreading throughout Europe, and demanding EU leaders to adopt more safe asylum options for refugees, among others.
Ultimately, all our campaigns pursue our common vision of a European Union committed to social and economic justice, environmental sustainability and citizen-led democracy. Thanks for being part of this!