BRUSSELS Jan 22 A majority of European Union
finance ministers voted on Tuesday to allow Germany, France and
nine other euro zone countries to prepare to introduce a tax on
financial transactions, said two officials who attended the
The vote clears the way for Germany, France, Italy, Spain,
Austria, Portugal, Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Slovakia and
Slovenia to press ahead with their own tax on trading.
"The decision on a financial transactions tax through
enhanced cooperation was adopted," said one official at the
talks. "Britain, Luxembourg, the Czech Republic and Malta
abstained (in the vote)."