Green Budget Europe, together with CEE-Bankwatch and the European Environmental Bureau have carried out an assessment of the 2016 European Semester Country Reports among our network of members and national experts for their country. Continue Reading
04/01/2016 – Green Budget Europe, in collaboration with CEE BankWatch, EEB and WWF, published Country-Specific Recommendations for 23 EU Member States and the Eurozone in support of the European Semester Cycle.
Eurodiaconia publishes its analysis of the 2015 European Semester cycle, offering a critical assessment of positive and negative trends on the basis of national members’ observations.
10/06/2015 – On May 15 the Commission adopted their proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs). EAPN responded with an immediate Press Release calling on Commission to issue poverty recommendations not only in 6 but in all Member States. This paper sets out the main messages and main recommendations from a more detailed assessment of the CSRs, as regards their delivery on the Europe 2020 Strategy targets on poverty reduction, employment and education. A detailed country by country analysis is annexed.
30/05/2015- The country-specific recommendations (CSRs) released by the European Commission are devoid of any mention of Environmentally Harmful Subsidies, expert platform Green Budget Europe (GBE) reveals. This stands in stark contrast to the CSRs issued in 2014, when the Commission pointedly asked Italy to “remove environmentally harmful subsidies”. Last year, the Commission had also requested both Belgium and France to “phase out environmentally harmful subsidies”. GBE says: “Overall, the entire CSRs run to around 5,000 words but the very word environment is only used in once. That’s in relation to one of Europe’s smallest countries – Luxembourg – which the Commission asks to “broaden its tax base, in particular on consumption, recurrent property taxation and environmental taxation”.
On 13/05/2015 the European Commission made public its proposals for Country-Specific Recommendations (CSRs). The European Anti-Poverty Network reacted sharply to the Commission’s proposals for country-specific recommendations, which were published on the 13th of May. “The new recommendations may be closely aligned with President Juncker’s key priorities in the Annual Growth Survey: boosting investment, structural reforms and responsible fiscal policies, but they offer little in the way of a vision to turn the tide for the more than 120 million people in poverty in Europe,” said Sérgio Aires, President of EAPN. EAPN is very concerned about the increasing invisibility of Europe 2020 Strategy together with its commitments to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and to deliver on the targets – particularly to reduce poverty by at least 20 million by 2020.
EPSU, the European Federation of Public Service Unions, has been running the No Tax Fraud Campaign http://www.notaxfraud.eu/ to fight the tax gap in Europe estimated at € 1000 bn per year (Study by UK expert Richard Murphy for the S&D), as part of the alternatives to EU-coordinated austerity. EPSU believes that it is essential to tackle tax evasion and corporate tax avoidance and ensure that governments are able to collect the levels of the tax that have been democratically agreed to finance public services and redistribute wealth and income.
GBE/EEB/CEE Bankwatch and WWF 2015 CSRs in Support of the European Semester Proccess. Recommendations in the Eurozone include a tax shift proposal from labour to environmental harmful production of 1 per cent, include a resource efficiency indicator in the Macro-economic governance and a development of a concrete strategy by each of all Member States on how to finish with all environmental harmful subsidies by 2020 latest.
The CSRs document is available here.
16/03/2015- European Semester 3.0: Strong policy coherence needed to rebuild trust and a sustainable development perspective. A policy paper by Green Budget Europe/European Environmental Bureau/CEE BankWatch and WWF. This paper calls for an acceleration of the Environmental Fiscal Reforms via the European Semester and highlights the need to encourage Member States delivery on sustainable development while recalling the European Semester process ‘impact remains mixed’.
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