The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO) is an independent, not-for-profit research and network organisation
working on social, ecological and economic issues related to sustainable
development. Since 1973, the organisation investigates multinational
corporations and the consequences of their activities for people and the
environment around the world. More...
For over two years, the US and the European Union are negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This week, SOMO (among others) calls for action by co-organising a TTIP action week.
It's up to Greece to tackle its own problems with tax avoidance. This is what the Dutch government had to say in its response to the Fool's Gold report which was released on Monday. The publication reveals how the Canadian mining corporation Eldorado is using mailbox companies to avoid paying taxes. The government's reaction leaves no doubt that the Dutch authorities refuse to take responsibility for the pernicious effects of its own tax policies. The country is increasingly isolating itself from the European struggle against tax avoidance.
The latest newsletter (March 2015) explains how two important ongoing EU financial reforms that are the cornerstone to avoid another financial crisis, are being watered down.
A new SOMO report reveals that while Greece endures harsh austerity measures imposed by the European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF and supported by the Netherlands, Greece’s economic recovery is being undermined by large-scale tax avoidance – enabled by the Netherlands.
This week (24-28 March), the World Social Forum takes place in Tunis. Myriam from SOMO will join the forum and speak about the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) on Thursday 26 March.