For public health, for climate, for jobs, more than ever:

Let’s tax speculation!

 

Parliament’s medical team has insistently asked me to put an end to my hunger strike “to prevent permanent damage”. Ending this 3rd week would clearly increase the risk of fainting. If I faint in the European Parliament, they would immediately send me to the emergency services. I have said it many times: my aim is to obtain additional funds for hospitals in crisis, and not to clog up the healthcare system in these times. For these reasons I have decided to stop my hunger strike, today, on Saturday the 14th of November. It lasted 18 days.

It is through more than a hundred articles published in more than 15 countries, TV coverage in 12 European countries and videos on the internet which have already been viewed more than 5.2 million times, that this hunger strike will have enabled me to alert a good many citizens to what is at stake today, for the next decade, and to the solutions to fund public health, climate and employment policies to a much greater extent.

This week’s agreement on the EU budget for the next 7 years bridges small gaps but falls far short of what is needed for the current public health, climate and social crises. (see my full reaction here)

More now than ever, the fight goes on. 

On Tuesday 17th November, we will collectively launch the second act of this campaign with NGO leaders, trade unionists and elected representatives of all political backgrounds. We will hold a press conference at 11am CEST in French. See below the list of participants. Journalists who want to ask questions in English are welcome at the 4pm press conference (where Pierre will summarize the morning’s press conference and answer questions in English. Register here.

And all citizens are invited to follow the next live videos. (in French)

The next one is scheduled for Wednesday 18 November at 6pm, on my Facebook, Twitter and Youtube page.

Angela Merkel wants to reach an ambitious agreement on new climate targets at the European Council meeting of heads of state and government on the 10th and 11th of December.

But Angela Merkel knows that many countries will block an ambitious climate agreement if there is not an equally ambitious plan to finance it.

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The only way to find new funding that is up to the stakes, is to finally adopt, with 9 or more countries, the Directive introducing a speculation tax that has been on the table since 2013. This is the request that the European Parliament expressed on the vote on Friday the 13th of November in the report on the financing of the Green Deal (voted at 68%).

Each of us can call on Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron and the other EU leaders to finally take action. Simply go to www.SpeculationTax.eu and in a couple clicks each of us can send a tweet.

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Guests who have already confirmed their participation in the press conference:

Arnaud Schwartz, President of “France Nature Environnement”

Camille Etienne, Environmental activist, Spokesperson for “On est prêt”

Adélaïde Charlier, Co-founder of Youth for Climate Belgium

Jon Palais, Environmental activist, Alternatiba / ANV-COP21

Gaël Perdriau, Mayor of Saint-Etienne, Vice President of “Les Républicains”

Alexandre Naulot, Campaign Manager France, Wemove.eu

Nathan Méténier, Member of the UNSG Youth Advisory Group on ClimateX

Vanik Berberian, National Association of Rural Mayors of France

Francois Boulo, Spokesperson of the Yellow Vests of Rouen

Cynthia Fleury, Philosopher

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During the 17 days of the hunger strike, these almost daily lives have been an opportunity to welcome a wide range of support for this fight: both Nicolas Hulot and a major banker, former head of cabinet of the liberal European Commissioner Didier Reynders, Bruno Colmant, as well as Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, former Minister and director of ONE France, Gaël Giraud, Edgar Morin, Zakia Khattabi, Belgian Minister of the Green Deal, Jean-Pascal Van Ypersele and Jean Jouzel, former Vice-Presidents of the IPCC, and many others. Bruno Gaccio, Author (Les Guignols in particular), Thierry Beaudet, President of the Féderation National Mutualité Française, Matthieu Ricard, Essayist and photographer, Buddhist monk, and many others. The Association of Rural Mayors of France decided to support us, as did the Walloon Parliament and the Corsican Assembly, which unanimously voted a text in support of the European Parliament in its request to create a tax on financial transactions as soon as possible. Gilles Simeoni, the President of the Corsican Executive Council will send this text to all the regions of France and a very large number of local authorities in Europe.

We have one month left to win the battle. A month of campaigning to convince as many leaders as possible between now and the European Council on 10 and 11 December.