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Ten EU nations agree on aspects of a economic transaction tax

BRUSSELS Ten euro zone nations agreed on Tuesday on some elements of a harmonized tax on financial transactions and gave themselves till the middle of subsequent year to reach a deal on remaining concerns, like the prices, the group stated in a statement.

Talks on a monetary transaction tax (FTT), which is to recover some of the public cash employed to help banks, curb speculative trading and unify comparable levies already charged in numerous EU countries, have been dragging on considering that 2011.

In September this year, 11 ministers from Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain stated they had produced progress and that they expected a political deal in December.

On Tuesday, however, Estonia did not join the statement drafted by the other people.

(Reporting By Jan Strupczewski editing by Philip Blenkinsop)