Democracy and participation, Arts and cultural activities

European Tax Equality Tribunal


Who is behind this?

Emilie Rosier

European Democracy Lab


Who is joining forces?

Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland


More partners are to acquired in the initial stages of the project. The goal is to create a pan-European discourse through the involvement of a variety of organisations throughout Europe.

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Tax scandals have become a reoccurring feature in the EU. Amongst others, the Paradise Papers of last year revealed that some European member states are among the most attractive tax havens for multinationals.
By staging a symbolic tribunal for European tax equality, we want to raise awareness of this issue. We want multinational corporations and governments to be heard at the dock and be confronted with advocates of tax harmonization in Europe in front of a civilian jury.

Where will your idea take place?

Berlin, Germany and elsewhere in Europe, using our wide network of potential partners.

Why does Europe need your idea?

Europe needs a renewal of its narrative of peace and freedom. It is quite daring to say that taxation can be the new narrative, because of its lack of attractiveness. In the context of growing economic and social inequalities, however, (tax) equality may constitute such a new narrative.

What is your impact?

Our impact is emotional and symbolic but should also encourage critical public as well as academic debate about tax harmonization. Our project will lead to concrete political proposals for tax harmonization in Europe that will be addressed to political stakeholders.

How do you get there?

- Leading scientific political research about taxation and democracy to elaborate tax harmonization proposals, a specific outcome could be the development of a tax (fairness) index ranking EU Member States
- Contacting potential partners: theatre companies, schools, festivals, journalists
- Conduct workshops with partners in order to conceptualize the tribunals. They should bring various expertise thanks to their various backgrounds: from the cultural, scientific and activist fields

What is your story?

As European citizens from civil society, we want to raise awareness about tax policy as a common European challenge and propose reforms of the current system. Specifically, we believe a discussion about taxation can contribute to the politicization of a pan-European democratic debate.

Who are you doing it for?

Target groups are European citizens in general. Being aware that theatre and other cultural formats have a limited target audience, we want to adapt the tribunal format to a variety of places and audiences. The idea is that the tribunals should be held in theatres, schools and/or open spaces.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

- Mentoring support for the timeline and communication of the project. - Network and contact to European initiatives and stakeholders to allow a European wide discussion about taxation.



Claus Neuberger


Idea created on Jan. 18, 2018
Last edit on May 22, 2018