Friday 24. May 2019

Joint value-added tax system: Quo vadis?

European Commission

Within the scope of the fundamental renewal of the value-added tax system, the European Commission is planning measures to make the system simpler, more efficient and better protected against fraud. Tax exemptions for non-profit organisations and reduced tax rates are also being examined closely.

Divisions in the EU

Frank Turner SJ

When partnerships are under strain, facing a crisis may either bring people together or deepen divisions.

European Commission focuses on social entrepreneurship

European Commission

“Social business is a good example of an approach to business that is both responsible and contributes to growth and jobs.”, according to European Commissioner Michel Barnier.

Solidarity and responsibility: the two pillars of a new economic order for Europe

Church in Europe

While the economic crisis is hitting Europe where it hurts most and as more and more voices are being raised to denounce the capitalist economic system, COMECE’s bishops set out their vision of a social market economy.

The Single Currency, a tool providing spiritual momentum for European unification

European Union

Jacques Delors denounced the origins of the euro crisis in his acceptance speech when receiving his honorary Doctorate at the Catholic University of Paris on 24 November. Some extracts of his speech are given below.

What I want in 2012: Europeans and Europe to get the respect they deserve

European Parliament

Sylvie Goulard is an MEP (ALDE-France)  and member of the European Parliament’s standing committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Federal Europe

European Union

The European Summit of 8-9 December produced two sets of conclusions. The first, which was somewhat rather static, with all 27 signatures, then a second set with 26 signatures that opens up a new dynamic for the future of Europe.

The G20 seeks to address the financial crisis

Frank Turner SJ

The French city of Cannes, better known for its opulence than for its geo-political significance, was perhaps a symbolically odd choice to host one of the most important recent meetings of the G20.

The long march towards a Financial Transaction Tax begins

European Commission

In a Communication dated 28 September, the European Commission proposed the introduction of a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT).

A long term European political vision is needed to overcome the crisis


This is the message of the Autumn Plenary Assembly of COMECE, which took place on 26 to 28 October 2011 in Brussels.

Constitutional law strengthens the rights of the German Parliament once again

German constitutional Court

A strong emphasis on the position of the German Parliament in the context of European integration runs like a leitmotif through the case law of Germany’s highest court. It is confirmed that the Bundestag has comparable weight in relation to measures affecting the budget.


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