Top financiers call on Europe to agree Robin Hood Tax

Over 50 leading financiers have expressed their support for a European Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) ahead of a meeting of Finance Ministers in Brussels next week. In an open letter to European leaders, the financiers argue the FTT will reduce financial instability and raise significant additional government revenue. Finance Ministers from ten European countries including … Read more

BCC: guarantee for EU citizens welcome, but long overdue

Director General Adam Marshall responds to the Prime Minister’s offer of guarantees for EU citizens at the European Council. “Concerned business communities across the UK will welcome the Prime Minister’s proposal to guarantee the rights of EU citizens, but with a tinge of regret and frustration. This offer could have been made loudly and clearly … Read more

Brexit vote anniversary arrives with no proper plan to make it a success for working people, says TUC

The TUC is warning today (Friday) that, one year on from the referendum on UK membership of the EU, the government’s plans are still not good enough to make Brexit a success for working people. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Trade unions accepted the referendum result. We have spent the last year fighting for the best … Read more

14,000 people may die trying to reach safety as UK negotiates Brexit and new immigration rules

Oxfam urges new government to use changes to immigration laws to do more to help refugees The global death toll of people trying to reach safety could reach more than 14,000 by the time Britain leaves the European Union, according to a new report released by Oxfam today. As the government prepares to set out its plan … Read more

EU boosts cooperation with key international partners to support its foreign policy objectives

The European Commission has adopted the Annual Action Programme 2017 (AAP 2017) of the Partnership Instrument, approving 19 new projects totalling more than €87 million. These projects will increase the impact of the European Union and help to achieve our objectives across a number of policy areas, in particular in climate action and clean energy, … Read more

A European Defence Fund: €5.5 billion per year to boost Europe’s defence capabilities

Today the Commission is launching a European Defence Fund to help Member States spend taxpayer money more efficiently, reduce duplications in spending, and get better value for money. Announced by President Juncker in September 2016, and backed by the European Council in December 2016, the Fund will coordinate, supplement and amplify national investments in defence research, in the … Read more