The EACT's Chairman, Richard Raeburn, was invited to give evidence to the ECON committee of the European Parliament on 6 February 2011, on the subject of the Financial Transaction Tax (FTT). The proposal raises a number of issues that are political in nature, on which the EACT will of course not engage. Richard's speech focuses on the extent to which the FTT, if implemented, will give rise to significant cost increases within the financial system; he questions whether this cost will be absorbed by financial institutions, suggesting that the likelihood is that the 'real economy' - companies, individuals and pension funds - will in practice be asked to carry the additional cost. Such an outcome is both bad for employment and growth; it may also reduce the strength of financial regulation within Europe, as companies seek to move their transactions to areas where the FTT or its equivalent is not being charged. You can read Richard's speech by clicking here.