Brussels 2019 “Tax Justice and Poverty” Workshop



On 10 December, the policy and advocacy workshop “Tax Justice and Poverty” was held. This event was co-organised by JESC, COMECE – The Catholic Church in the EU and the Jesuits in Europe and Africa with the participation of representatives of the EU institutions as well as tax experts from development organisations from all over the world.

The discussion was based on the 2012-17 research report by the Jesuit Mission, the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection in Lusaka and the Jesuit Hakimani Centre in Nairobi.

An important topic discussed was that Africa loses more in illicit financial outflows than the amount received from ODA and FDI.

The value of the Church’s contributions in the struggle to obtain more fiscal justice in order to fight poverty does not lie so much in the presentation of brilliant social and legal analyses. The church’s role has been to remind people of the ultimate goal of all economic, social and political means:

-to increase the well-being and dignity of all human beings,

-to assist  everyone in developng their abilities and allow their active participation in the human effort to build our Common Home for us and the generations to come.

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