The EU must not leave the financial markets in command

Brussels, 13/07/2011

Employment and social cohesion, the real lives of millions of Europeans are at stake. “It is time to show a strong sense of European leadership and to take the right decisions to change direction - this situation is not an inevitability, it is the results of a lack of political control of the markets” said the ETUC General Secretary, Bernadette Ségol.

For the ETUC this includes immediate action to delivering a European solidarity mechanism on the debt market (Eurobonds). Medium term initiatives include the establishment of a Financial Transaction Tax, control over rating agencies, the end of tax havens, tax evasion and fraud, as well as the use of all available EU financial instruments for investments to revive sustainable growth and jobs.