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EU-Commission Juncker on LuxLeaks

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker just concluded his press conference. Sven Giegold, financial and economic spokesperson for the Greens in the European Parliament, comments:

"The measures Mr. Juncker sketched out against tax avoidance are insufficient. He holds firm to defend tax competition within the EU. It is a step forward that Jean-Claude Juncker makes an effort to establish automatic information exchange on tax rulings and a common basis for corporate taxation, yet it is not ambitious enough. He still ignores country specific tax transparency and minimum tax rates. Tax competition without minimum tax rates and a social market economy do not fit together. A common basis for corporate taxation will not stop the race to the bottom, unless minimum tax rates are implemented.

 

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EU and FTT : getting closer

EU finance ministers have edged closer on an international tax on financial transactions.

After the monthly meeting of EU finance ministers on November 7, the Italian finance minister Pietro Carlo Padoan told reporters that there had beengood progress in both the criteria and the identification of items that would be subject to the tax.

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Extreme poverty and human rights

Th first report of the UN special rapporteur on human rights and extreme poverty:

The report focuses on the importance of social protection floors. This will require to overcome the ambivalence of some international organisations, such as the World Bank, the recognition of social protection as a human rights and better knowledge on the affordability of social protection, even for the poorest countries.

 

 

 
Illicit financial flows: the biggest impediment to sustainable development

Illicit financial flows are in our judgment the biggest economic impediment to sustainable development. At GFI, we estimate illicit outflows from developing countries at US$950 billion a year. This nearly US$1 trillion a year drains hard currencies, heightens inflation, reduces tax collection, curtails investment, and undermines free trade. It undercuts the foundations of societies, limits poverty alleviation efforts, and complicates security concerns. This is why it is so important that curbing illicit flows becomes a priority within the SDG agenda – it gets at the heart of the systemic causes of poverty and inequality for billions of people around the globe.

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Stop corporate takeover of climate summit

Invitation to sign on statement to denounce corporate takeover of Climate Summit

We call upon all fellow social movements, peoples organizations and environmental and climate justice movements to sign on this statement and join us in this call to action.

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UN votes to enact process bankruptcy treaty and stop vulture funds

The UN General Assembly passed a historic resolution to begin treaty negotiations to enact a global bankruptcy process and stop predatory hedge funds.

The resolution passed by a super-majority vote of 124-11 with 41 abstentions. The US voted no along with 10 other countries.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:13
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Trillion Dollar $candal

Globally, extreme poverty has been halved in 20 years, and could be virtually wiped out by 2030. But much of the progress that has been made is at risk – not because of natural disasters or new diseases, but because of something far more insidious.

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Promoting the social commons

 
CORPORATE INFLUENCE THROUGH THE G8 NEW ALLIANCE FOR FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION IN AFRICA

In recent times, new partnerships models between governments, business and civil society are increasingly gaining attention. One prominent example is the "New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition" (G8NA), inaugurated at the G8 summit 2012 in the United States.

A new working paper published by Global Policy Forum, Brot für die Welt and MISEREOR, puts a spotlight on how business interests are promoted through the G8NA. To that end, the paper shows how the initiative bundles existing policy initiatives and aligns national policies to corporate interests.

The paper concludes that the approach and objectives of the G8NA are highly problematic. The initiative serves as an enforcing mechanism for corporate driven blueprints for agriculture and sidelines national plans and international standards. It is dominated and tailored towards the interests of big corporate actors and is based on a reductionist approach of agricultural “development”. And lastly, the G8NA is poorly institutionalized and disregards fundamental principles of transparency participation and accountability.

For these reasons, the demand for radical change of this initiative – or in case of inaction its complete stop – is still valid, when the initiative enters its third year.

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Discussing the social commons

 
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