MEPS are flocking to the single seat of the institution

5 Nov

The European Parliament is called to be, rather than an organic element, the artery through which circulate the democratic aspirations of the European citizenship. Today, the Union lives gripped by multiple problems and plunged into a crisis, which threatens the social model of coexistence that has accompanied us in the last six decades.

In this context, it is the special sense campaign that promotes the disappearance of the dual parliamentary headquarters, wasteful unjustifiable that, in its time, picked up the Maastricht Treaty, by imposing the celebration of twelve full annual headquarters in Strasbourg, to the satisfaction of the interests of France.

This October 23, the European Parliament, has finally made its determination to eliminate the headquarters in Strasbourg, and so has been included in the resolution, adopted by an overwhelming majority (518 votes in favor, 149 against and 33 abstentions), on the EU budget for 2013, which requests the Council to define the next year a roadmap for establishing the headquarters only.

This is indicative of how much things have changed, and is that it is particularly striking changes to the feel of the MEPS, which in May 2010 overwhelmingly voted against this resolution. Today the debate on the future of Strasbourg has been relegated to the search for alternatives so as not to undermine the city alsatian (some voices suggest moving the Europol headquarters from the Hague… ).

All the political groups have taken the speech that we must seek an alternative to Strasbourg, despite the protests of the French authorities. The amendment adopted last week at the EP emanates from a much deeper sense, i.e. the inability to justify to the citizenship a dual headquarters, which doubles costs and makes the operation of parliamentary headquarters.

To the MEPS, as representatives of the citizens, and in its function of controlling the power and the governments, they are required quickly and dynamism in the decision-making in a pragmatic way and away from this "traveling circus" with that described in circles the lumbering community movement of members, advisers and files between the city and the Belgian French.

This is a case that provides an opportunity for the logic of the needs of the social and political reality imposing its will on the rigidity of the treaties. AND comes to confirm that point number 6 of the Manifesto of founding More Europe is more relevant than ever and is on its way to reach good port.

Article of Eva Peña, Vice President of the Platform More Europe

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The Europe we want in More Europe

30 Oct

Before you begin 2013, the European Year of citizens, institutions want to gather the views of citizens on the Future of Europe. First was the European Commission with a debate in Cadiz, And now done by the European Parliament (EP) with a new initiative: The organization of a symposium open to the public through social networks. You can send them a video with your comments and questions via Youtube and you can participate in the discussion "The Europe we want: EU policy in 140 characters", the Parliament organises the November 3 in Seville.

Record your comments and questions in a video (maximum 30 seconds) on Youtube and tuitealo with the link to @PE_Espana, with the hastag #ebeEuropa. The best videos will be screened during the debate with the audience that the European Parliament will organize in Seville the next November 3. The author of the best video you can participate in the symposium.

 

This is the video of the Europe we want in More Europe:

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More Europe also rejects that cutbacks are made in the European Budget

25 Oct

The European Parliament this week rejected the cuts in the budget proposed by the European Council because it will jeopardize the implementation of programs such as Erasmus or the European Social Fund.

Since More Europe we agree with the rejection of the European Parliament to those cuts and we highlight the importance of European policies, why we believe in the need to increase the own resources of the European Union to reduce dependence on the member States of the European Budget, in addition to that it should increase already that currently represents only 1% of GDP in the EU.

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20 Years for the Single Market

7 Oct

This month of October marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of the Single Market. This milestone has meant, as espoused by the institutions in their official communications, "one of the greatest achievements of the European Union".

But is this enough the Single Market As it is now raised to help the EU to overcome its current problems and get a deeper union?

TheSingle Market Covers a wide range of subjects which have made the life of European citizens easier especially with regard to mobility and openness to small and medium-sized enterprises to a market of 500 million people. But in what many experts agree on is that theSingle Market It is not such and much still remains to be done and improve.

This week that ends todaythe European Commission presented twelve proposals for the improvement of the Single Market focused on the output of the economic crisis. Since MORE EUROPE we also provide our granite sand of unveiling the measures that we believe should take the European leaders for this purpose:

1.The fiscal harmonisation as a tool for greater integration and the path to the achievement of total Single Market, Which in reality we would strengthen as a union. Harmonize the indirect taxes, which already have a degree of convergence with agreements of minimum rates, such as the VAT (which falls directly on the citizens) or certain products such as tobacco and alcohol, would benefit not only to the member States and the community institutions, but especially to the citizens, and they are the ones that suffer most from the consequences of the economic crisis. These measures would facilitate the movement of goods and especially of people between the Member States.

2.The improvement of the competitiveness for greater integration. A measure that would help in this regard would be to unify formalities in the companies that have headquarters in more than one Member State. For this reason, we have to harmonize the tax base for businesses across the EU, i.e. creating a one-stop shop for societies.

3) Analysis and deep possible reformulation of the Schengen Area. This rule, that in the past few months has been "attacked" by the governments of some Member States ensure the free movement of people in the EU (one of the four fundamental freedoms of the EU together with the free movement of capital, labor, and goods). The Schengen Area is one of the keys to the EU and perhaps one of the banners of the Single Market. In times of great inequality between countries is basic to follow this law guaranteeing freedom of movement, so that the citizens of the countries with more problems to be able to find an outlet in another State of the European Union.

4.The creation of a rate that serious international financial transactions, as proposed by some European leaders, and that the burden is on the movement of speculative capital. This measure would help first to substantially reduce those operations that were so harmful to the Community economy and second to collect taxes that would alleviate the coffers of the EU and its member States.

In the past few months, we have listened to many authorities and community experts calling for "more Europe". What better reason that the celebration of the 20th anniversary of theSingle Market To propel this change of direction?

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The September 27 in Cadiz proposals for more Europe will be present in #QueEuropaQueremos

25 Sep

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The Vice-president of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, in an unprecedented exercise, will launch the next Thursday September 27 an open debate on the future of Europe with all the citizens who wish to participate through social networks and the internet.

The Vice-president Reding has chosen Spain to inaugurate this process and in particular the Oratory of St Philip Neri, where was signed the Cadiz Constitution in 1812. There had spoken with 250 citizens and journalists, but all citizens may participate and follow the discussion through the internet. The debate of Cadiz will be transmitted by streaming from 12.30 in the http://uesp.es/ideas address and in this same page, as well as in the screens of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, dangle all the tweets from citizens that use the hashtag #QueEuropaQueremos.

The moderator of the discussion, journalist and president of the Press Association of Madrid Carmen irrigation, anger by selecting questions from citizens present in Cadiz or of those that send their questions via Twitter. Several universities throughout Spain have organised events with students to follow and participate in the discussion.

The act of Cadiz, has been preceded by a panel discussion organized by the European Commission Representation in Spain in another popular social networks: Facebook. For two weeks, the participants have submitted 145 concrete proposals for change Europe, among them which collects more Europe in its manifesto that were presented by its chairman, which have been voted by other citizens. In the course of the event to be held in Cadiz, the three participants with the most votes, including the President of our Association Jorge Juan Morante and vocal Raul Solis, handed to the Vice-chairperson Reding a document with the 10 most popular proposals, among these the author of this blog.

The financial crisis has sparked a debate on that point is currently Europe and where it's headed. The president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso presented their ideas in the State of the Union Address, the last September 12. Now the Vice President Reding will discuss these proposals as openly as possible with the citizens of the 27

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More Europe has presented its proposals for the future of Europe to the Debate "What kind of Europe we want"

21 Sep

More Europe we have submitted, through our president Jorge Juan Morante, the political debate on the Future of Europe, opened by the European Commission Representation in Spain, the proposals contained in our manifesto.

Since More Europe we believe that the federal Europe will be viable only if the European Union assumes responsibilities in tax harmonisation of policies and social; that the European Parliament, an institution that represents the citizens, to take the initiative and the legislative primacy vis-à-vis the Council, in addition to a European electoral law to regulate the entire electoral process european including the primaries to choose the candidates; a compulsory course on the European Union at all educational levels; a choice more directly to the President of the Commission through the European elections.

For this reason we encourage you to vote on our proposals that you will find by clicking on: https://apps.facebook.com/queeuropaqueremos/participations/165139

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Why should we have a European Federal Reserve?

7 Aug

Article by Thomas Bernard, member of the Platform More Europe:

A few weeks ago we listened as the president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi, stated that: "The ECB is not to solve the financial problems of States". Many stayed thinking: what about then for that serves the ECB?
 
The ECB is only to maintain price stability in the euro area, that is to say, to keep up with inflation at low levels, in contrast to other similar agencies, such as the Federal Reserve of the United States, which can directly intervene in the economy of their State to be able to buy financial instruments, and so could put more money in circulation in his country.
 
The ECB uses a method in which there are about 1500 private banks can bid for short-term contracts ranging from two weeks to three months duration. In contrast to the Federal Reserve of the United States in which the liquidity is submitted to the economy through the purchase of Treasury bonds by the Federal Reserve Bank.
 
This means that in the system of the ECB, the banks have to borrow money in cash and they should return, while this is not the case with the Federal Reserve system in the United States.
 
The Federal Reserve system also allows the large-scale operation of the banking in all member states without having to pay interest to change.
 
As if that were not enough, the European Union, the majority of national central banks prefer weak move assets on their balance sheet with some kind of agreement in regard to the maintenance of the debt. This nationalist trend of the European central banks has led to weaker member states need to dedicate part of their income to guarantee the debt and on the other side to reduce a wide range of costs that affect all its citizens to cope with its outstanding payments.
 
In addition, the ECB, although is governed directly by the law of the European Union, is not subject to the regulation of any European institution.
 
It is clear that, seeing the American example, make the ECB European Federal Reserve would solve economic problems in a better way, more deep and transparent. Would create a stronger economy in Europe that would allow the elimination of the measures of current cutbacks and thus be able to perform, by order, a totally European policy of social assistance and job creation, which will lead us out of the crisis to all European citizens alike.
 
These measures should be implemented in all the states of the Union and they would be the following: job-creation programs; rise in property taxes and the big fortunes; policies of social harmonisation; fusion of companies and banks of different nationalities under the European Union (to safeguard the interests of social classes more weak); all the banks of the Union should do a review of solvency under the control of the European Central Bank and close those who do not pass the test; to every person that save a significant amount of gold, the European laws should force him to change it in Euros; renegotiation of mortgages of people that this on the verge of losing their housing programs; Large public works such as highways and high-speed railways trans-european.
 
With all that said, my intention is to expose that, in my opinion and that of many, the policy of cuts carried out by the European Union is a big mistake, because as stated by the great economist John Maynard Keynes: "The total income of the society is defined by the sum of consumption and investment; and in a situation of unemployment and productive capacity not used, "only" can be increased employment and total income increasing expenses first, whether in consumption or investment".
 
That is to say, that the right path that must travel the European Union out of the economic crisis is the opposite to what is being done now, as for example; cut in employment and public investment. Because if the Europeans don't have the money and employment, how are we going to eat, how we are going to move the economy', how are we going to generate wealth?
 
The foregoing is no utopia, these measures have been performed successfully in the United States during the era that followed the crisis of the 29, at the time of the so-called "New Deal". I think that the Europeans already we the time has come to make our own 'New Deal' ,' a European 'New Deal' ,' that can save us from the economic crisis. It clear that, to do this, we need to create a European Federal Reserve to strengthen the economy in order to carry out these programs to achieve logical way out of the crisis and create more employment. But clear, so that there is Federal Reserve, Europe must be a federal State, this is obvious. If this is not the case, what could be more than possible solution to our crisis, it would become a beautiful dream, unreachable by some absurd nationalist prejudices.

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