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New rules that could mean cuts to social expenditure, wages and workers' rights are currently being debated in the EU. If the proposals go ahead, decisions about such cuts could be made without public debate or discussion. Cuts would simply be imposed by EU technocrats. Such a decision undermines the very principles of democracy and threatens workers' rights and the welfare state.



This has to be stopped!



Corporate Europe Observatory has joined the ATTAC-Europe Network to help people write MEPs to ask them to help stop the proposals by rejecting them at an upcoming plenary vote in the European Parliament, set to take place on the 8th of June.



Please visit www.oureurope.org



Read Corporate Europe Observatory’s article on the issue:



An undemocratic economic governance
On the position of the majority in the European Parliament.



Next step for the Europact
On the business lobby organisation, the Europact and on the future of collective bargaining under the proposed new rules.



Business against Europe - On business lobby organisation BusinessEurope and its ability to influence the Europact and the proposals on economic governance.


Corporate EUtopia –  How new economic governance measure challenge democracy
Overall analysis of the significance of the proposed reforms of economic governance and on how they accommodate demands from the business community.


Barroso's silent revolution
- On the powers of the Commission under the proposed rules on economic governance

 

Polluters in Peru blog

There are daily meetings between the financial lobby and the Commission, and they’re mainly about issues crucial to society at large. Despite this, the public is only able to access piecemeal information on what is discussed, and even then with unacceptable delays. Given the huge impact the financial sector has had on society, keeping this lobbying behind closed doors is deeply problematic. Transparency reform is needed.
Multi-sectoral civil society coalition calls for greater protections for consumers, journalists, whistleblowers, researchers and workers.
NGOs have today responded to the Commission's reply to the European Ombudsman's recommendations on how to better handle revolving door cases within the Commission. In particular, they echo the demand for more transparency.
The European Commission directorate-general at the heart of the 'cash for influence' claims by UK MP Jack Straw (TAXUD - taxation and customs union), has now released to Corporate Europe Observatory information showing its lobby contacts in 2013 with the now disgraced ex-minister. The documents illustrate how Straw tried to use his influential name and impressive CV to help open lobby doors. They also expose the loopholes in EU lobby rules.

Alternative Trade Mandate

Corporate Europe Forum