Jean and the Greens have been at the forefront of the battle to reform our flawed banking system in Europe and make banks work for us.
Greens led the way on capping bankers bonuses, and banning the most damaging of practices like naked speculation on sovereign debt.
Despite the wishes of a strong lobby Jean and the Greens have argued strongly for a financial transaction tax to be brought in, because large corporations and wealthy individuals should contribute their fair share. Also known as the Robin Hood Tax, it’s estimated a tiny tax on financial transactions could bring in £20 billion per year in the UK alone.
In November 2013, Jean hosted a topical discussion on the case for EU banking reform in the heart of the City of London. A packed room saw European Green Banking spokesperson Philippe Lamberts MEP debate with the Chairman of HSBC, Douglas Flint, chaired by Jonathan Rosenthal, Banking Editor of The Economist.