Friday 24. May 2019

An EU guided by an Ariadne thread

European Council

In Greek mythology, Ariadne gave a ball of thread to Theseus to unwind as he negotiated the Cretan labyrinth in order to fight the Minotaur. Following the thread back thus allowed her beloved to escape. A method not unlike that being used by Herman Van Rompuy.

Preparing to meet an unforeseeable future

European Commission

The EU attempts a ‘complex but not futile’ study of the trends and challenges facing Europe up to the year 2030.

Fighting over the EU Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014-2020

European Council

After twenty-six hours of negotiations, the Heads of State and Government sealed an agreement on European Union finances for 2014 to 2020.

The Commission fails to mention cooperatives

European Commission

160,000 cooperatives in Europe employ 5.4 million Europeans. The “Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan” seems to have been sidelined.

Phasing-out Fossil Fuel Subsidies

European Commission

As countries emerge from the economic crisis, the revenues that can be saved from removing inefficient fossil fuel subsidies can be redirected to poverty alleviation, health and education.

The European Commission challenges tax avoidance

Frank Turner SJ

An Action Plan of the Commission proposes essential elements of good tax governance.

Combining Solidarity and Responsibility

European Council

The final European summit of 2012 ratified a Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) for European banks which will enter into force in March 2014. This is a major decision.

Keeping EU promises to the poorest with the FTT

Europäische Union

Civil society campaigners, financial lobbyists, governments and many others in Europe and world-wide are waiting with bated breath for the long anticipated announcement of the introduction of the Financial Transactions Tax (FTT) in the EU, expected by the end of 2012.

Dialogue on a Social Market Economy

Church in Europe

Building a European social market economy is part of the quest for world peace and global justice. That was the theme of the Dialogue Seminar between Churches and the European Commission on 14 December.

The European Commission’s grim economic forecast

European Commission

The economic forecast of the European Commission for 2012-14 is sobering, but its tone obscures crucial human truths.

A two-speed Europe

European Union

The conclusions of the last European Council of 18 –19 October show that the announced European measures for growth and employment are only being implemented very slowly.

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