News 2017-09-01T10:29:21+00:00

EMI: The upcoming German federal elections from a European perspective

On 18 September, the European Movement International, together with the European Movement Germany, is holding an event in Brussels to discuss the upcoming German federal elections from a European perspective. Featuring speakers from civil society organisations, political groups and the business sector, this debate aims to look at the German elections in a European context. Which EU-related issues are primarily featured in the German election campaign and in the party programmes? What are the priorities of German voters? How will the result affect businesses and what is the view from Brussels? Register and see the full programme on EMI website Event Programme 18.00-18.30: Check-in 18.30-18.40: Welcoming words by Rainer Steffens, Director of the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the EU 18.40-19.20: Panel [...]

13 September 2017|Categories: EMI, USF - Union Syndicale Fédérale|Tags: , , , |

On Twitter …

With smile 🙂 Global Cartoons - The passion of Brexit-ers. Cartoon by Marian Kemensky, Slovakia/Austria. #Brexit #LeaveEU #Remain

11 September 2017|Categories: Brexit|

Case T-75/14 – For a symbolic sum of 1 euro …

In 2014, Staff Regulations were revised for the first time following the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009; this was the first time the Regulations had been amended through the ordinary legislative procedure, in other words in a co-decision between the European Parliament (EP) and the Council, on a proposal from the Commission. Upgrading the European Parliament, the only institution directly elected by citizens, to the position of EU co-legislator had been welcomed as bringing more democratic legitimacy to the Union. Ironically, when it came to amending staff employment conditions, upgrading one of the stakeholders in the legislative process led to the marginalisation of another stakeholder, the one directly affected by the rules under review: staff and the organisations that represent them. [...]

11 September 2017|Categories: EPSU-CJ, Staff Regulations|Tags: |

Exchange of Views with the European Parliament’s BREXIT Coordinator

En anglais uniquement! On 4 September 2017, the EP's Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO) held an exchange of views with the EP's Brexit coordinator, Guy VERHOFSTADT, who updated the committee on the state of play in the Brexit negotiations and the EP's perspective on the developments. He recalled his idea of tabling a resolution at the October I plenary (on citizens' rights, Northern Ireland and progress achieved) and announced the publication of a working document with the EP's comments on citizens' rights (here). In this area, the right to family reunification and the UK's plans to have EU citizens submit applications on an individual basis remained key concerns. On two specific issues - protecting the further movement rights of UK citizens inside the EU and the [...]

Trade union rights are human rights

L’Union européenne se fonde sur les valeurs de respect de la dignité humaine, de liberté, de démocratie, d’égalité, d’État de droit et de respect des droits de l’homme. Les droits syndicaux sont des droits humains. Les droits syndicaux sont inscrits dans différentes conventions de l’OIT et reconnus par la Charte des droits fondamentaux de l’Union européenne et font partie des droits fondamentaux garantis par la Convention européenne des droits de l’homme. Plusieurs parlementaires européens se sont engagés à respecter et à promouvoir les droits syndicaux dans l’ensemble de leur travail sur la législation et les initiatives politiques de l’UE. Gianni Pittella, président du groupe S&D ; Manfred Weber, président du groupe EPP ; Philippe Lamberts, co-président du groupe Greens/EFA ; Juan Fernando López Aguilar, [...]

04 September 2017|Categories: ETUC, Human rights, ILO|Tags: , , , , |

Why Has Brexit Led To Falling Real Wages?

This might seem easy. The depreciation immediately after Brexit, plus subsequent declines in the number of Euros you can buy with a £, are pushing up import prices which feed into consumer prices (with a lag) which reduce real wages. But real wages depend on nominal wages as well as prices. So why are nominal wages staying unchanged in response to this increase in prices? Before answering that, let me ask a second question. Why hasn’t the depreciation led to a fall in the trade deficit? Below are the contributions to UK GDP from the national accounts data. Net exports are very erratic, but averaging this out they have contributed nothing to economic growth since the Brexit depreciation. The belief that the depreciation should benefit [...]

04 September 2017|Categories: Brexit|Tags: , , , |