This means that, as the proposed law now stands, oil, gas and mining companies will be required to publish what they pay to foreign governments. This would help to expose the trillions of dollars of secret payments to developing countries which allow corrupt officials to siphon-off large sums of money from the sale of these natural resources. Citizens of those countries would be able to spot this and instead push for that money to be spent on vital services like schools, roads and hospitals which would benefit all citizens and help build a more prosperous future for all.
The vote today is a significant step forward toward the law being passed. It now means the European Parliament has a strong position on the issue as it enters negotiations with representatives from governments of the 27 countries in the EU – an important stage in any EU-wide law being adopted. The campaign will now move on to ensure those negotiations lead to a strong final law.
We will call on ONE members to take further actions in the months ahead. For now though, we want to pause and recognise the five key MEPs who stood up and acted as champions.
By sending them a thank you message you can help to show that people across Europe have noticed they did the right thing, and encourage them to continue giving their support in the future.
You can tweet one of the four MEPs who are on twitter by clicking on the links below, or alternatively leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post for all of the five MEPs, and we’ll make sure they receive it.
Congratulations to everyone who has taken part in the campaign so far and helped achieve this significant progress. Together as ONE we can continue to make sure this historic EU law is passed, so that millions more people can lift themselves out of poverty.
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