50,000 ONE members urge Members of European Parliament to crack down on phantom firms

50,000 ONE members urge Members of European Parliament to crack down on phantom firms

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    Timothy Kirkhope, MEP, with ONE staff Eloise Todd and Tamira Gunzburg and the message of over 50,000 ONE members. Photo: ONE
  • Ana Gomes
    ONE Brussels director Eloise Todd hands over our now 52,177 (and counting!) strong petition to Ana Gomes MEP. Photo: ONE
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    Just some of the 5,300 personalised postcards that ONE members have sent to their MEPs. Photo: ONE http://one.org
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    Arlene McCarthy, a British MEP from the socialists and democrats party, receiving a sample of postcards by ONE members from ONE policy expert Joe Kraus.
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    Sylvie Guillaume, a French MEP from the socialist party, accepting postcards by French ONE members from ONE's Joe Kraus.
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    Peter Simon, a German MEP from the social-democratic SPD receiving a sample of postcards by ONE members from Andreas Huebers, ONE Senior Policy Manager in Germany. Mr Simon is one of the lead MEPs for the socialists and democrats party on this issue.
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    Markus Ferber, chairman of the CSU delegation in the European Parliament, receiving a sample of postcards by ONE members from Andreas Huebers, ONE Senior Policy Manager in Germany.
  • MEP Cornelia Ernst
    Cornelia Ernst, a German MEP from the leftist Die Linke party, receiving a sample of postcards by ONE members from Andreas Huebers, ONE Senior Policy Manager in Germany.
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    Dr. Renate Sommer, a German MEP from the Christian Democrats party, receiving a sample of postcards by ONE members from Andreas Huebers, ONE Senior Policy Manager in Germany.
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    French ONE members hand in a sample of postcards to Jean-Paul Besset, French MEP from the Greens party
  • Sophie Auconie
    Sophie Auconie, French MEP from the Centre Right party, receiving a sample of postcards by French ONE members
  • Véronique Mathieu Houillon
    Véronique Mathieu Houillon, French MEP from the Centre Right party, receiving a sample of postcards from Arnaud Stuart and Mohez Ellala, French ONE members, and Friederike Röder, ONE France Director.
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    Cornelis De Jong, a Dutch MEP from the Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left, receiving a sample of postcards by ONE members from ONE policy expert Joe Kraus.
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    Emine Bozkurt, a Dutch MEP from Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats Group, receiving a sample of postcards by ONE members from ONE policy expert Joe Kraus.
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    Saïd El Khadraoui, a Belgian MEP from Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats Group, receiving a sample of postcards from ONE staff Claire Fourçans and Leander Leenders.

Our campaign to tackle phantom firms is reaching a crucial moment in Europe, as Members of European Parliament (MEPs) are about to vote on whether to bring in new laws which will make it harder for criminals to hide their dodgy profits.

In just two weeks time, Parliament will decide whether information about who owns and controls European companies and trusts should be made public.

Over 50,000 ONE members have already signed our petition calling for these new laws, which would help stop corrupt politicians and businesses stealing billions from African countries.

In the last few weeks, more than 5,300 ONE members have also sent personalised postcards to MEPs, and we’ve been handing them over at meetings with key MEPs to urge them to be champions of the world’s poorest by supporting strong transparency measures.

Many MEPs have voiced their support for public disclosure of company ownership, but the upcoming vote will be crucial to locking in that ambition. In the next few days and weeks, ONE will be campaigning with all political groups in Parliament and we will continue to add photos and statements from MEPs as we deliver our postcards to those key decision-makers.

There is still time to add your voice to our petition, and we’ll be watching closely how MEPs vote and sharing the results with you on Twitter and here on the blog as soon as we have them. 

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