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Thousands of organisations, representing 140 million European citizens in 39 countries tell leaders that #TheTimeIsNow for the FTT.

In December 2015, the leaders of 10 European countries including France and Germany gave themselves a deadline – to agree the world’s first regional financial transactions tax (FTT) by June 2016. That time is upon us and our eyes are on them.

If politicians say ‘yes’ to a strong deal on 17 June the FTT could raise billions for people and planet, helping to fight against climate change and poverty at home and abroad. A doubly beneficial tax, not only would the FTT bring in much needed revenue for government coffers, it could also provide greater oversight to financial authorities, greatly helping in the battle against tax dodgers.

Not surprisingly, the financial sector is trying its very best to derail the process. They are putting pressure on politicians to change their minds and doing all they can to weaken the agreement in June. But, citizens across Europe are showing strength in numbers. They are sending strong messages to the politicians to make them listen to the people and those who could benefit most from the FTT.

Thousands of organisations, representing 140 million European citizens in 39 countries have signed a letter putting pressure on the 10 heads of states, urging them to keep to their promise to finalise a strong agreement in June. And it isn’t just organisations who are piling on the pressure, celebrities like Bill Nighy are backing the campaign and telling governments to keep to their word and agree the FTT in June as a matter of urgency.

“History could be made this year with a tiny tax on transactions. The leaders of these ten countries must not hesitate. It’s an emergency. There is no attractive reason for delay.” Bill Nighy

This is the closest we have ever been to an agreement and we need to keep the pressure up.

Tell leaders: be on the side of the people, not the financial sector – keep your promise and seal the deal for an FTT in June.

Take action now!


Hands up for the FTT

Oxfam Germany ask its Minister of Finance to do something very simple - put his hands up and say yes to the Financial Transactions Tax.


Stamp Out Poverty campaigns for the Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) – popularly known as the Robin Hood Tax – a small tax on transactions by financial organisations (rather than individuals) that would raise billions each year to tackle poverty and climate change at home and abroad whilst also reducing the casino-like behaviour of the banking sector.

Recent blogs

Core elements of European FTT deal agreed


With FTT negotiations deadlocked, strong pressure from civil society changed the minds of three blocking countries resulting in a breakthrough at a meeting of finance ministers on 10 October.


250+ experts call on European finance ministers to seal the deal on the FTT

With negotiations for the world’s first regional financial transactions tax “99% done” (according to Austrian Finance Minister Hans-Joerg Schelling), more than 250 economists and academics are calling on the 10 finance ministers involved in the talks to finally seal the deal on Monday.




Thousands of organisations, representing 140 million European citizens in 39 countries tell leaders that #TheTimeIsNow for the FTT.


Key reading

Closing the Stamp Duty Loophole

Avinash Persaud – Intelligence Capital, April 2015

This paper estimates that £1.2bn to £1.9bn could be generated by closing loopholes in the UK’s stamp duty on share transactions, leading to an increase in total revenues from £3.1bn to £4.3bn to £5.0bn.