Archive for 2010/10 :

EU Council must fight against maternity leave

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Sir, Regarding ‘Parliament backs 20-week maternity leave‘: Europe’s leaders must use Thursday’s EU summit to fight against the introduction of new laws on maternity leave, voted on by MEPs last week, that will increase maternity leave from the current EU minimum of 14 weeks to 20 weeks, all of which will be on compulsory full [...]

The Treaty of Lisbon must be revised

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Treaty change debate divides EU foreign ministers

Sir, Regarding ‘Treaty change debate divides EU foreign ministers‘: In its present state the Lisbon Treaty explicits forbids any form of financial solidarity between eurozone member states. This ‘original sin’ must be erased to guarantee the survival of the euro. The treaty must therefore be revised. Such revisions are consubstantial with the evolving nature of [...]

Bio-economy challenges and the EU

Posted by Karel Yurian, Private citizen on 26/10/10

Sir, Regarding ‘Bio-economy poses new competitiveness challenges for Europe‘: Innovation Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has highlighted an area where the EU is missing out compared to other countries – particularly the USA. It need not do so, for it actually needs to address it through a different emphasis. Firstly, the EU should seriously consider removing the [...]

Greek row: Closed borders instead of protection

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EU team sent to Greece to curb 'alarming' refugee flow

Sir, Regarding ‘EU team sent to Greece to curb ‘alarming’ refugee flow‘: It is with great concern that I read the news about the EU’s Rapid Intervention Teams being sent to the Greek borders. I’m not arguing against border controls, but once again there is no mechanism set up for identifying persons in need of [...]

EU leaders must put financial taxes high on G20 wish-list

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Barroso drops financial taxes from draft G20 wish-list

Sir, Regarding ‘Barroso drops financial taxes from draft G20 wish-list‘: It is shocking to see the European Commission backtracking from pushing for financial taxes to be on the agenda at the forthcoming G20 summit in Seoul in November. A global bank tax to help poor people survive the economic and climate crisis must be urgently [...]

EU should push for best technology

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EU to push patent-free eGovernment

Sir, Regarding ‘EU to push patent-free eGovernment’: When discussing eGovernment and interoperability, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are often overlooked. The fact is that innovative SMEs such as mine play a role that is at least as important as any of the so-called ‘software giants’. Effective eGovernment requires innovative, tailored and flexible solutions. European SMEs [...]

Worst EU lobbyists are national treasuries

Posted by Jean-Guy Giraud, UEF FRANCE on 25/10/10
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Public to vote for 'worst EU lobbyists'

Sir, Regarding ‘Public to vote for ‘worst EU lobbyists’‘: The worst EU lobbyists are probably national treasuries when seeking to preserve their prerogatives at any cost to common EU interest. Sorry, that’s less sexy than Goldman Sachs but perhaps more to the point. Jean-Guy Giraud UEF FRANCE

Illegal economic immigrants in Greece

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France calls on Turkey to fight human trafficking

Sir, Regarding ‘France calls on Turkey to fight human trafficking‘: The European Commission estimates that nowadays at least 4.5 million illegal economic immigrants live in EU member states. Almost 500,000 people are arrested every year throughout the European Union. They are usually illegal economic immigrants looking for a better life in a democratic territory. Many [...]

To 30% or not to 30%: that is the question!

Posted by Mike Parr, PWR on 19/10/10
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Debate on CO2 target exposes rift among EU businesses

Sir, It is understandable that our elected representatives in the form of the Environment Council may wish to undertake more studies on moving to a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions. After all, this is a momentous step. PWR has some very good news in this regard, which will also delight BusinessEurope. Towards the end of [...]

Nobel: Is activism peace?

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Sir, Regarding ‘Why the Nobel Peace Prize should go to Liu Jiabao‘ Alfred Nobel’s will for awarding the Nobel Peace Prize was clear, explicit and unambiguous: to reward “…the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between the nations and the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for [...]

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