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’.
Read now the entire article here.
EASPD releases its latest report on the European Semester, calling for a change to the “growth at all costs” approach towards Social Investment and a growth focusing on the well-being of all citizens. The report proposes several recommendations to policy-makers on how they can integrate well-being into European and national public policy, in a manner that is both practical and sustainable. The report also includes national messages from EASPD’s membership to their respective governments and the European Commission; in particular within the framework of the European Semester. Continue Reading
This report explores the extent to which the European Semester is capturing and supporting Member States’ efforts to tackle homelessness in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy. It brings together the analysis FEANTSA has carried out throughout the 2014 Semester in order to draw conclusions about how various elements are orientating, monitoring and supporting Member States’ homelessness policies.
On 03/12/2014, the EU Semester Alliance held a well-attended hearing in the European Parliament, Giving a Voice to Civil Society Proposals for Europe 2020, hosted by Hon. Jean Lambert MEP (Greens / EFA) and Hon. Marian Harkin MEP (ALDE). A short report of the hearing, with the Semester Alliance key messages and links to the presentations and photos of the event, is now available. Continue Reading