French coalition advocates for an ambitious revision of the EU Transparency Directive
October 2011 – September 2012: PWYP France is actively participating in the campaign for the inclusion of country-by-country and project-by-project reporting in the revision of the EU Transparency and Accounting Directives. The proposed revision would require oil, gas, mining and logging companies to disclose the payments they make to governments around the world. Oxfam, CCFD-Terre Solidaire, Secours Catholique and One are directly involved in discussions with the French government and EU institutions to express the PWYP coalition views.
French NGO CCFD-Terre Solidaire and One France join the coalition
February 2012: CCFD-Terre Solidaire and One France recently started working with PWYP as official members of the coalition. They quickly became active members of the platform with a specific focus on the European level as the “Transparency” directive is being revised by the institutions and represents the opportunity to ensure the broadest possible reach of the rules in terms of reporting and transparency.
French coalition takes part in the PWYP-Africa Conference in Kinshasa
May 2011: PWYP-France attended the Kinshasa conference, along with 30 other coalitions. The participants stressed out the need to consolidate some improvements made by the platform in the last years such as increasing dialogue between the stakeholders in terms of natural resources exploitation and increasing public awareness. French participants also took part in the very important debate concerning the protection of PWYP activists. Finally, PWYP-Africa was reorganised, the new system of governance including now a steering committee.
PWYP France works closely with the French Platform on Tax Havens
May 2011: The French coalition issued a short briefing together with the Platform on Tax Havens, highlighting the need for strong and effective rules on transparency and reporting in the EU. The publication of key pieces of information by oil, gas, mining and logging companies is a common goal to both platforms but this partnership is also an opportunity for PWYP to set the request for transparency back in the much broader issue of tax avoidance.