French MEP Pierre Larrouturou has announced that he is ending his hunger strike that started 18 days ago to obtain a strengthening of the budget of the European Union (EU) in favor of climate and health.
The 56-year-old elected socialist, who assures they have lost “ten kilos” since Wednesday October 28, justified the cessation of its performance by “the insistence of the doctors of the Parliament”. He did not say more about his health.
But nevertheless, “more than ever the fight continues“he wrote on Twitter on Saturday, November 14, reaffirming his desire to vote on a financial transaction tax to free more resources for climate and health.
The EU Heads of State and Government agreed in July, after a marathon summit, a post-Covid recovery plan of 750 billion euros backed by a multi-year budget (2021-2027) of 1,074 million euros. But MEPs demanded a significant strengthening of several programs deemed crucial, requiring in October 39 billion euros additional.
Larrouturou Campaigns for a Financial Transaction Tax
Finally, after twelve sessions of intense debate, an agreement was reached, Tuesday 10 November, between MEPs and Member States. The European Parliament has announced that it has obtained “16 billion euros in addition to the (financial) package concluded in July“.
“A battle was lost, but we did not lose the war”, reacted the next day Pierre Larrouturou, be disappointed with this result. “It is positive to have obtained 16 billion, but it is more than seven years, and if we dedicate 30% of the budget to the climate, where we cut to get? “he had argued.
The only solution in the eyes of the chosen French: establish a financial transaction tax (TTF) with the broad base defined in a 2011 European Commission proposal, which would involve up to 57 billion euros per year, enough to support the climate and the European “Green Deal”.