History of Positive Money Europe

Positive Money Europe was set up by Positive Money, a UK non-profit founded in 2010. We launched Positive Money Europe in February 2018 following the success of our campaign “Quantitative Easing for the People’ targeting the European Central Bank .

2010: Positive Money established

Positive Money, a UK non profit organisation was founded in 2010 because no one was talking about how banks create money, and the role this played in the 2008 financial crisis.

At the time, nearly no one was paying attention to the way money is being created. Since then, a lot more attention have been given on this topic. In 2014, the Bank of England published a paper confirming what we’d been saying about how new money enters the economy. Other central banks, including the European Central Bank and the Bundesbank have followed suit.

Positive Money has successfully triggered debates in the UK parliament, delivered petitions and grown a network of 66,000 supporters and 30 local groups across the UK.

2013: Positive Money goes international

While Positive Money originally focused on changing the money system in the United Kingdom, we quickly realised that a global shift of attitude on money was needed. This is why we progressively expanded its work internationally.

In 2013, we initiated the International Movement for Monetary Reform in order to support the growth of new money reform movements across the world and develop collaboration between them. Today, there are more than 22 national movements pushing for money reform in their countries.

Positive Money is also a proud member of Finance Watch since 2015, allowing us to take part in a wider movement working to make finance serve the needs of society.

2015: Quantitative easing for People campaign

In 2015, Positive Money took one step further by starting a campaign for “quantitative easing for people” in the Eurozone. Together with a coalition of 20 civil society organisations, we succeeded in promoting alternative monetary policy ideas such as Green QE and helicopter money within the European Union. Please find below some highlights from this two-year programme:

Highlights from the QE for People campaign (2015-2018)

December 2015: Official launch of the campaign with a coalition of 20 partners and 100 supporting economists.

February 2016: we hosted a very successful and well-attended conference at the European Parliament thanks to key supporting MEPs Molly Scott-Cato, Fabio de Masi and Paul Tang.

March 2016: ECB president Mario Draghi said “helicopter money is a very interesting concept”.

June 2016: 19 MEPs send an open letter to Mario Draghi demanding that the ECB develops research on QE for people.

October 2016: A survey by ING indicates that a majority of the population would support helicopter money.

November 2016: In an annual report on the ECB, the European Parliament expresses criticism towards quantitative easing and proposes to channel QE towards “smart investments”.

December 2016: The ECB published a letter outlining that helicopter money could be feasible under certain conditions.

March 2017: Together with 70 NGOs we challenged the climate impact of the ECB’s purchase of corporate bonds through quantitative easing.

June 2017: Together with 38 MEPs we pushed the ECB to improve the transparency of the corporate quantitative easing programme. A few weeks later the ECB partly addressed our demands by setting up new transparency standards.

September 2017: We submitted a response to the European Commission’s consultation on sustainable finance.

October 2017: For the first time the ECB officially supports the Paris agreement on climate change, but still refuses to green its monetary policy operations.

Our conference in the European Parliament (Brussels, February 2016)

The next chapter: building Positive Money Europe

Through this work, we grew our influence in the EU, spoke to hundreds of stakeholders, from MEPs to Commission officials, NGOs and influencers. We grew as the only EU-level civil society organisation focusing on the ECB policies. While the ECB is due to end quantitative easing programme, we wanted to continue to scrutinise its monetary policy in the Eurozone.

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