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Sharp rise in secret 'sweetheart' tax deals exposed in new report  

Eurodad's new report, "Survival of the Richest: Europe's role in supporting an unjust global tax system 2016", shows that political support for transparency has grown, though challenges remain. However, the report's analysis of developments across Europe finds that since the LuxLeaks scandal the amount of secret ‘sweetheart deals’ between multinational corporations and European governments has increased by almost 50%. The outlook is also worrying on controversial tax treaties with developing countries and support for a global tax body. To read the press release click hereTo read a summarised version of the report, click here

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A new report from ActionAid, "Freedom to Move",  looks at womens' experience of urban public transport in Bangladesh, Brazil and Nigeria. It finds that the specific needs of women and girls are not cared for and they are vulnerable to violence and less able to fully access their rights. The report looks at how lost tax revenues can pay to improve these systems. Governments must ensure that the additional revenue from closing tax loopholes and ending corporate tax dodging prioritises women’s unique needs and goes towards the provision of quality public services that uphold and protect women’s rights.
   

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Campaigners hold day of action in Luxembourg to support whistleblowers
On Monday 12 December, more than 100 campaigners from over 20 countries across Europe were in Luxembourg to show support for the LuxLeaks whistleblowers Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet, as well as journalist, Edouard Perrin, at the start of their retrial. Supporters took part in a "Tax haven safari" before heading to the courthouse to welcome the men. Supporters held "Thank You" signs in several European languages and a 20 metre banner declaring "protect whistleblowers, not tax dodgers". See inside for video and pictures of the day...

Vacancies

Eurodad is hiring! We’re looking for a Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer & a Policy and Advocacy Officer - Effective Aid and Publicly-backed Private Finance (permanent contract).  

Deadline is 2 January 2017, before midnight, Central European Time.

Eurodad is also seeking a Finance and HR Officer to help manage our finances and accounts.

Deadline 18 December 2016 before midnight Central European Time. 

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We are seeking a Communications Manager (Maternity Cover) to lead Eurodad’s communications work. This means implementing our Comm-unications Strategy and updating it if necessary. You will manage relation-ships with our key media contacts and will be responsible for making all of our external outputs as influential as possible. This will include devising and implementing outreach plans and ensuring that our outputs are read, understood and used by our target audiences. 

Application deadline: 22 January 2017, before midnight, Central European Time.
 
 

What’s New

USEFUL RESOURCES
A new research paper by the Trade Union Develop-ment Cooperation Network highlights a number of alarming shortfalls in how Development Finance Institutions operate that can seriously undermine development goals.

A new report from the Greens/EFA in the Euro-pean Parliament has revealed that high street chain owner Inditex has saved at least €585 million in taxes during the period 2011-2014, by using aggressive corporate tax avoidance techniques.

Counter Balance’s latest analysis “Corrupt but Legal” looks into recent examples of “corrupt but legal” practices among public financial institutions in the US and Europe, with a particular focus on the European Union’s main financial institution, the European Investment Bank.


IN ACTION
Eurodad’s tax justice campaigners joined more than 100 campaigners from across Europe in Lux-embourg last Monday to support the LuxLeaks whistleblowers at the start of their retrial. 


MENTIONS
Eurodad's new report and its revelations about the rise in secret 'Sweetheart' deals was widely covered by the media, including by The Economist, Politico, Euractiv and Les Echos (French).

Eurodad's Tove Ryding was quoted in the Luxemburger Wort as part of their coverage of the retrial of the three men who helped expose the LuxLeaks scandal. 
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