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Actually he is completely right in his statement! (see link below) the European Parliament and European Commission should already introduce a bill to ensure all member states, start taxing such #software, routines and protocols intended to reduce human presence at the work place! All members at once to avoid #taxhavens, as with the #Amazon #Apple case within EU. SAP Oracle ABB Sage Odoo Microsoft Salesforce. http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/18/china-development-forum-bill-gates-wants-to-tax-robots-but-abb-group-ceo-ulrich-spiesshofer-says-otherwise.html Best regards Ryan Khouja Accredited and registered Economist, at Barcelona CEC.
Recent financial scandals and whistleblowers have revealed the extent of the fraud led by multinational companies and wealthy individuals in order to avoid contributing to our societies. We argue in favour of much more wealth redistribution, legal sanctions to be put in place internationally against companies using these practices, and we encourage the European commission to keep chasing the big corporations which use loopholes in European legislation to avoid taxation. We call for the immediate implementation of the Financial Transaction Tax and for the establishment of common standards regarding taxes on corporate benefits.
Today it is virtually impossible to lead contra-cyclical economic policies even if we clearly need them. On the short term, we ask for investments in the future to be deducted from the deficit and debt calculations. Investing in higher education can have a positive impact on young people’s future. We need to develop new public services : to face the challenge of an ageing population as well as to respond to the need of refugees in terms of psychological support, housing, education, health. Likewise, investments in renewable energies and the reduction of energy consumption are not only good for jobs, they are a question of human survival. These ambitious projects have a cost, but it is much lower than the cost of austerity. If it was possible for Europe to afford the creation of social security systems and tremendous investments in infrastructures in the aftermath of WW2, it has to be possible to do the same now on the richest continent of the planet. On the longer run, treaties should be changed so that social rights and environmental standards take precedence over economic freedoms of capital.
TFEU. SECTION 2: AIDS GRANTED BY STATES Edit Article 107 Edit (ex Article 87 TEC) 1. Save as otherwise provided in the Treaties, any aid granted by a Member State or through State resources in any form whatsoever which distorts or threatens to distort competition by favouring certain undertakings or the production of certain goods shall, in so far as it affects trade between Member States, be incompatible with the internal market.
European Union governing bodies, core EU leaders and representatives at all levels, should be far ahead promoting, supporting, representing the interests of every european citizen and the interests of state members beyond EU borders, forming by this way a strong alliance that would promote the sense of belonging to the same family and the sense of sharing the same framework of principles and values. The acquis communautaire should be implemented in all forms and under any circumstances with no exemption by all member states.
European identity should be reinforced along with the existing national identity in order to create togetherness and build solidarity bonds among all Europeans . Staying together , be united means sharing all the positive and negative factors and promoting human rights without compromises. This is the Europe, this is the union we should be aiming at. Supporting each other, creating a homely feeling for all Europeans wherever they live, strengthening the feeling of belonging in the same family would positively expand the framework of european values and reinforce the feeling of security.
Despite the comprehensive and agreeable rhetoric of the EU Agenda on Migration, the discrepancy in national implementation processes is perilously damaging both the chances of success of such policy and the very same European project. Migration is indeed a controversial issue and it lends itself to both easy manipulation and vicious narratives. However, the European Union was built on the respect for human dignity, liberty, democracy, equality, the rule of law and on the respect for human rights. And it is these values that the Union should uphold when confronted with seemingly insurmountable challenges. A proactive, and not merely reactive, migration policy should be implemented, also by taking the lead in promoting multilateral cooperation to tackle this issue. Protection has to be the focus of any response, rather than securitization to the detriment of human rights and the integrity of a democratic society. How does the Union justify the hotspot approach and the absence of an effective relocation system when both measures have been deemed failures by the vast majority of experts and observers? Why are best practices hardly collected and shared? There is more than can and should be done and the European Union could become a leader in the global debate.
When Britain leaves the EU, which seems inevitable now that Article 50 is about to be signed, I shall be in the unique position of remaining an EU citizen and losing my EU citizenship. It’s because I have dual nationality (Irish & British) At the moment, I live in France. I have also lived in Spain. It is likely that British people will lose the freedom to easily travel to the other 27 EU countries. That’s bad news for anyone wanting to study in another EU country, to take a European holiday, to live and work elsewhere in the EU and to retire to warmer climes. Over two million British people are currently living elsewhere in the EU. Then there are the EU citizens living and working in the UK. They are nervous about their futures. Many work in key positions, such as in the health service. A “Little England” culture, isolated from our neighbours, will make the UK a poorer place. We need to communicate, share and engage in exchanges with people from other nations on our doorstep, Many people were very uncertain about how to vote in last year’s referendum. The issues were cloudy to say the least. Politicians and the MSM must take much of the blame. They told lies and massaged data. The leave campaign exaggerated issues like, for example the number of laws determined by Europe. Surely, it is better to debate and discuss EU-wide laws from the inside. Many EU laws designed to protect workers and the vulnerable will be lost and not replaced, leaving the protection, health and safety of the UK population at risk. The referendum result was very close, but the government have taken the result to constantly refer to ‘the will of the people.” How often is the will of the people ever taken into account when making life-changing decisions for the population? Business-wise, around half of Britain’s exports go to other EU countries. Putting up barriers with these countries that Britain trades with would be unwise and counterproductive. Around three million jobs are linked to the EU. Banks are already making plans to leave the UK. the City could collapse because the financial trading inside the EU helps to boost banks’ profits. In the 21st century, we live in a global society. We can connect to people everywhere. To have the opportunity to build a good future together is there if we reach out to one another. Europe as a union was founded after the Second World War. We have had peace in Europe since then. We should be opening our doors and our hearts. We should not be putting up a ‘Berlin wall’ We must not become a reclusive little island floating off the coast of Europe. Philomena Digings
Being a cohesion actor so as to maintain European unity and peace. EU membership must bring more benefits than disadvantages to all concerned parties. Concrete policies to benefit all might include a compensation scheme for countries that have been struck by brain drain or extending 4G internet coverage to all citizens of the EU, including those who reside in the most disadvantaged or remote areas.
Too long we have talked about social Europe without it becoming a reality. Yet it is clear today that we need Europe to protect and enhance social standards in order to secure people’s belief in the European project. The revision of the posted workers’ directive will be the opportunity to stop social dumping and unfair practices and will benefit all European workers. Decent common standards in terms of minimum wage need to be established, either by law or collective bargaining to stop the race to the bottom. We advocate for the ban of 0-hour contracts and for employee status to be recognised more systematically in the shared economy. In the wake of digitalisation, we advocate for a working time reduction in the context of providing decent work for all.
Economic inequality and poverty are still one of the biggest problems of Europe. The EU policy lost sight of the social component which is very important for the majority of Europeans. The EU policy must be reformed by new social programmes, including the universal basic income which would entail paying everyone a monthly stipend. New social programmes must be concentrated on creating new jobs, high-quality public services and on reducing poverty. The universal basic income would offset dwindling work opportunities in the age of automation and reduce the poverty and economic inequality in Europe. It’s time to back to the ideas of solidarity and equality which are the part of the fundamental European values.
Acting as a proud and united global actor. This includes strengthening the EU military, cooperation on cyber security and terrorism prevention, and closer region-to-region partnerships with the African Union. Also, the EU must revise the modes of integration with third countries, in order to increase partnerships with mutual benefits and reduce the insider-outsider duopoly.