MEPs voted on a report that backs new rules to allow EU countries to levy zero VAT on goods including tampons.
The amendment to the VAT Directive will mean national governments will be free to apply a reduced rate of zero per cent on goods and services that have positive social or environmental benefits.
Alex Mayer MEP, member of the European Parliament economic and monetary affairs committee, said:
“We voted so products can be zero-rated for VAT. That is the end of a European tampon-tax and shows MEPs are listening to people’s concerns and acting. This is another victory for period poverty campaigners and I hope all players will now move swiftly across Europe to make sanitary products cheaper for women.”