On November 29th,
a delegation of Caritas Austria, Eca Watch Austria, Attac and Forum Fairer Handel handed over their petition to stop food speculation to finance minister Maria Fekter. They managed to gather 15.737 signatures!
For their press release the minister gave them the following official quotation (translation from German):
” In the MiFID directive we could already consider many of the requests of Caritas/ the campain. We increase transparency, strengthen control in the sector of commodities, regulate derivative and recuce high frequency trade. These measures are an important contribution to also set boundaries to speculation on food. With me, the supporters of the petition, have a partner for the forthcoming negotiations in Brussels,” says minister of Finances Fekter.