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For a European Spring

Our Democracy against their austerity!

'For a European Spring' is a call for actions, strikes and demonstrations all over Europe on the 13th of March, and for a pan-European demonstration and creative actions in the city of Brussels on the 14th of March. It is targeted at the EU Spring Summit, where leaders from across the continent will assemble on the 14th and 15 to further strengthen the European Council's neoliberal response to the crisis.

Corporate Europe Observatory is one of many groups involved. This page is to introduce the activities we're involved in - and those of others.

For a European Spring

Corporate Europe Observatory is a part of the "For a European Spring" coalition. This coalition calls for actions across Europe on Wednesday the 13th of March (or another day in the week of the Summit), and to join us in Brussels on the 14th of March.

Read the call of "For a European Spring" here.

The website of "For a European Spring" has information on actions in other countries, practical information on actions and a march in Brussels:

www.foraeuropeanspring.org

Action in Brussels

Wednesday the 13th of March: Read about the austerity tours here.

Thursday the 14th of March: Read the latest about the march here.

Debates co-organised by CEO

Thursday the 14th of March, 7.30 PM: "Caravans to Athens?"

Meeting on "caravans" of activists towards Athens Alter Summit (www.altersummit.eu), actions and events on the way - including participation at activities with Blockupy Frankurt in late May.
Venue: Mundo B, Rue d'Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels (metro "Porte de Namur").

Read more here

Saturday the 16th of May, 2.30-5.30 PM: “Next steps on the neoliberal path”

A seminar on what reforms the European Council is considering this year.
Mundo B, Rue d'Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels (metro "Porte de Namur").

Read more here

Recommended reading

On the neoliberal reforms discussed by the Council:

"BusinessEurope and economic governance" (on the businesslobby and neoliberal reforms)

"The dangers of the Two-pack" (on new laws on member state budgets and a consolidation of the "Troika")

"Troika for everyone - forever" (on the fiscal union and contracts on economic policy)

BusinessEurope and the European Commission: in league against labor rights? (On the Commission's Country Specific Recommandations and the equivalent Reform Barometer by BusinessEurope)

Hand in hand “towards a genuine economic and monetary union” (on BusinessEurope's influence in the debate on the deepening of EMU)

Videos

See the mobilising video of "For a European Spring" - available in English, French, German, Spanish and Greek.

Available here.


For a European SpringCorporate Europe Observatory is a part of the "For a European Spring" coalition. This coalition calls for actions across Europe on Wednesday the 13th of March (or another day in the week of the Summit), and to join us in Brussels on the 14th of March.Read the call of "For a European Spring" here.The website of "For a European Spring" has information on actions in other countries, practical information on actions and a march in Brussels:www.foraeuropeanspring.orgAction in BrusselsWednesday the 13th of March: Read about the austerity tours here.Thursday the 14th of March: Read the latest about the march here.Debates co-organised by CEOThursday the 14th of March, 7.30 PM: "Caravans to Athens?"Meeting on "caravans" of activists towards Athens Alter Summit (www.altersummit.eu), actions and events on the way - including participation at activities with Blockupy Frankurt in late May. Venue: Mundo B, Rue d'Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels (metro "Porte de Namur").Read more hereSaturday the 16th of May, 2.30-5.30 PM: “Next steps on the neoliberal path”A seminar on what reforms the European Council is considering this year.Mundo B, Rue d'Edimbourg 26, 1050 Brussels (metro "Porte de Namur").Read more hereRecommended readingOn the neoliberal reforms discussed by the Council:"BusinessEurope and economic governance" (on the businesslobby and neoliberal reforms)"The dangers of the Two-pack" (on new laws on member state budgets and a consolidation of the "Troika")"Troika for everyone - forever" (on the fiscal union and contracts on economic policy)BusinessEurope and the European Commission: in league against labor rights? (On the Commission's Country Specific Recommandations and the equivalent Reform Barometer by BusinessEurope)Hand in hand “towards a genuine economic and monetary union” (on BusinessEurope's influence in the debate on the deepening of EMU)VideosSee the mobilising video of "For a European Spring" - available in English, French, German, Spanish and Greek.Available here.
 

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CEO presents some first reflections on the UK's vote for Brexit.

The current struggle in France over labour law reforms is not just between the Government and trade unions – a European battle is waged. The attacks on social rights stem in no small part from the web of EU-rules dubbed 'economic governance', invented to impose austerity policies on member states.

This summer Greece's financial authorities fined 20 hedge funds for speculating against the Greek economy. Now, the main global lobby group for hedge funds is trying to tweak the EU's rules so they can have a free play in the future.

Civil society groups denounce the Commission's plan for a Capital Markets Union. No lesson has been learnt from the financial crisis, they say.
A few weeks after the May coup against Dilma Rousseff by conservative parties backed by the country's largest corporations, Brazil's “interim” government, led by Michel Temer, signed an emergency loan to the State of Rio de Janeiro to help finance infrastructure for the 2016 Olympics. The bailout was conditional to selling off the State's public water supply and sanitation company, the Companhia Estadual de Águas e Esgotos (Cedae). 

When we interviewed City Councillor and chair of Rio’s Special Committee on the Water Crisis Renato Cinco, in December 2015, he was already warning against such privatisation threats and provided important background information on the water situation in Rio.

Never before has a former European Commission official been criticised as much for his post-EU career as ex-Commission president Barroso upon joining infamous US investment bank Goldman Sachs this summer. Citizens are outraged and evidence already points towards a gross violation of the EU Treaty.

Following the high-level appointment of former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to Goldman Sachs, NGOs have launched a petition demanding stricter rules for ex-EU commissioners’ revolving door moves.

Corporate Europe Observatory's new report 'A spoonful of sugar' illustrates how the sugar lobby undermines existing laws and fights off much-needed measures that are vital for tackling Europe’s looming obesity crisis.

 
 
 
 
 
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The corporate lobby tour