Eva Joly :Tax Superhero 2010
May 20th, 2010
Christian Aid today (Thursday 20 May) announced the winner of
its Tax Superhero of the Year award, which recognises outstanding
individual work on the potential of tax to change the world.
Eva Joly, an activist, European politician and former judge, has beaten
other nominees including the comedians Ricky Gervais and Graham
Norton and is the winner of this year’s Award.
Norwegian-born Joly was elected as a Member of the European
Parliament in 2009 for the Europe Ecologie list and represents Ile de
France. She also chairs the Parliament’s Committee on Development.
Her work has shifted the terms of the international debate about the
vital importance of tax revenues to developing countries.
As a judge in France, Ms Joly famously investigated a half-billion
Euro corruption scandal involving the state-owned oil company Elf-
Acquitane, and received death threats as a result. Thirty people were
eventually convicted in connection with the affair.
‘Eva Joly has a proud record of championing the vital role that
tax revenues play in both rich and poor countries – and also of
successfully fighting corruption,’ said Helen Collinson, Christian
Aid’s Campaign Manager, Economic Justice. ‘She is an outstanding
ambassador for tax justice and good governance.’
Christian Aid will officially announce Ms Joly’s award outside the Royal
Exchange building in the City of London during its Alternative Tax
Awards 2010 ceremony, from 9.30am on Thursday, 20th May. The date
coincides with accountants’ own awards bash at London’s Park Lane
In addition to Ms Joly, Christian Aid also received nominations
for comedians Ricky Gervais and Graham Norton, for tax justice
campaigners John Christensen, Richard Murphy and Alvin Mosioma
and for investigative reporter Denis Roberts. Other nominees were the
singers Billy Bragg and Katie Melua, the novelist Rhidian Brook and the
Christian Aid board member Phil Hodkinson. Another nomination was
for the organisation Blood:Water Mission, which works on HIV/AIDS
Christian Aid launched its Alternative Tax Awards in 2009, to highlight
its campaign about the vital importance of tax for developing
countries. The organisation estimates that they currently lose around
$160 billion a year as a result of tax dodging by unscrupulous
companies trading internationally. This is a vast sum, equal to roughly
one-and-a-half times the amount of money that they receive in
development aid each year.
‘The money urgently needed to pay for education, medical care,
sanitation and other public services which we in the UK take for
granted,’ said Helen Collinson.
Christian Aid is campaigning for the introduction of a new accounting
standard, country-by-country reporting, which would require
multinational companies to publish the profits they make and the taxes
they pay in every country in which they operate. It is also working
towards the automatic, multilateral exchange of tax information
between countries, to help governments more effectively counter tax
dodging. In addition, the organisation supports the strengthening of
poor countries’ collection of tax domestically, to help strengthen their
governments’ accountability to their citizens.—————–
I’m more than happy to lose to her!
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