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5th October 2017
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Source: European Commission

Campaigners welcome Amazon tax decision but say system still needs fixing

Reacting to the European Commission decision to hit Amazon with a bill of €250 million in unpaid taxes in Luxembourg, Eurodad, the European Network for Debt and Development, welcomed the move but called for action to fix the system.
News and Reports

CSOs call for an independent and efficient EIB Complaints Mechanism
25 Civil Society Organisations provided comments on the draft Policy and Procedures for the Complaints Mechanism (CM) of the European Investment Bank currently undergoing public consultation.

From tax secrecy to tax transparency: Introducing public country-by-country reporting (CBCR) that is fit for purpose 
Eurodad, Oxfam, Transparency International and EPSU released an updated document on public country-by-country reporting following the outcome of the vote int he European Parliament during the Maltese Presidency. 


Public-Private Partnerships: Defusing the ticking time bomb., briefing by Mathieu Vervynckt and Maria José Romero Duarte

De-risking or risk shifting: The World Bank’s proposed strategy to bridge the ‘infrastructure gap’ by María José Romero Duarte


Digging for credibility: questions for the European Investment Bank, Public Finance Internatonal 
Peru’s fight for millions in tax revenue from Cerro Verde mine by Oxfam
European Bank Threatens Step Backwards on Accountability, Huffington Post
Calling time on tax havens, International Politics and Society 

The great escape: how tax havens continue to undermine new transparency measures, Tax Justice Network 
Africa Rising’ in retreat: Signs of new resistances, Pambazuka News

DAC-CSO Reference Group strategy meeting and 2017 Reality of Aid Network General Assembly, Reality of Aid Newsletter


"Whilst we welcome the Commission’s action, it makes no sense to tackle these cases one by one - we need to fix the tax system so that all corporations pay their fair share of taxes in the first place."
Tove Maria Ryding, Tax Coordinator, Eurodad
Useful resources

September edition of Taxcast podcast

The IMF, Gender Equality and Expenditure Policy by Bretton Woods Project

The Pursuit of Gender Equality. An Uphill Battle. by OECD
Job opportunities

Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer / Policy and Advocacy Officer 

The purpose of this role is to help ensure that Eurodad's work on improving the effectiveness of aid is based on robustly researched analysis, with a strong advocacy focus. Application deadline: 8th October.

Read more and apply here.

Oxfam: Regional Business Development Manager Asia

Oxfam is recruiting Regional Business Development Manager Asia who will lead on new business development in support of all countries in the Asia region. Application deadline: 9th October

ActionAid: Fundraising Data Specialist

ActionAid Ireland is seeking a Fundraising Data Specialist with a strong understanding of fundraising/direct-marketing to fulfil a pivotal role within the individual giving team.

CEE Bankwatch Network: Paid internship - media team

CEE Bankwatch Network is offering a paid internship in its Warsaw office. Application deadline: 11th October

Upcoming events

Eurodad side events at the WB-IMF Annual Meetings

If you are attending the 2017 World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings in Washington DC next week, then feel free to join us at the panel discussions that Eurodad and its partners will be co-sponsoring at the Civil Society Policy Forum.  Details of those events are below, and you can find the full program here.  A reminder that the deadline to register for the Annual Meetings is Friday 22 September - the online form is available here.

Wednesday 11 October

• 11:00-12:30: The Challenges of Financing Infrastructure in Developing Countries through PPPs – A Focus on Contracts and Laws

• 15:30-17:00: The Role of Infrastructure in Financing a Sustainable Transformation in Africa 

Thursday 12 October

• 09:00-10:30: Policy and Statutory Changes that Resolve Financial Crisis and Prevent Predatory Market Activity

• 11:00-12:30: From Investment Promotion to the Next Sovereign Debt Crisis: What Safeguards Against Future Crises?

Friday 13 October

• 14:00-15:30: Unpacking the Fiscal Risks of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) – What Role for the WBG and the IMF?


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