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.
Frank Turner SJ
When partnerships are under strain, facing a crisis may either bring people together or deepen divisions.
“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.
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.
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.
Sylvie Goulard is an MEP (ALDE-France) and member of the European Parliament’s standing committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.
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.
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.
In a Communication dated 28 September, the European Commission proposed the introduction of a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT).
This is the message of the Autumn Plenary Assembly of COMECE, which took place on 26 to 28 October 2011 in Brussels.
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.