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CETA: next steps

CETA vote

In February MEPs arrived in Strasbourg for one of the most important votes in the whole of this parliamentary session: to ratify the undemocratic trade deal with Canada called CETA. But they were in for a surprise when they got there - us!

We were there along with hundreds of other Europeans all with one single message -- vote no to CETA! We passed the thousands of messages from the WeMove community demanding that MEPs represent our interests before the interests of global business.

But most MEPs decided to back big business before their constituents, and the European Parliament voted in favour of CETA. It means that our efforts to stop CETA have so far failed. But fear not, we have plenty more chances to stop it.

CETA has to be approved by every single EU country and many regional parliaments too. This means if just one says no - CETA is dead. So let’s regroup and plan how we will continue our campaign to stop CETA.

 

Stop speculators threatening us!

The banks never gave us back all the 4.5 trillion euros we paid them in aid following the financial crisis that hit Europe in 2010. People had to rescue the bankers and speculators responsible for the devastation of our economies and welfare.

Soon 10 key EU Finance Ministers will meet to discuss an agreement to clamp down on harmful speculation by applying a tax on dangerous financial transactions. The tax would raise money for public expenditure while discouraging the kind of speculation that helped lead to the economic collapse. It’s in our hands to raise our voice loud enough to make our collective outcry unmissable - join more than 290,000 other Europeans now. Sign!

 

A people-powered plug for tax evasion

Corporations have been taking us for a ride by using every trick in the book to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. But that could be about to end. The European Commission has proposed a first step to make giant corporations like Amazon and Facebook play by a common set of tax rules across Europe, and stop them from exploiting the differences in national corporate tax regimes.

Countries that help corporations dodge paying their taxes like Ireland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg could block the proposal, unless some big countries like France and Germany speak out now. A huge people-powered petition of more than 100,000 Europeans is a great start to let our Ministers know what we think - do you want to be part of the movement? Add your name.

 

Democracy for Sale Awards

The ongoing negotiations of the EU-US trade agreement, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), are happening behind closed doors, hand in hand with big business lobby groups. Their influence is so great that their collaboration with TTIP negotiators deserves closer scrutiny. Our contribution: to give the most successful business group in hijacking TTIP for corporations an award!

After more than 45 thousands of us voted for the winner of the Democracy for Sale Awards, we went all out and in a glittery mock Awards ceremony, where we presented the undisputed winner: the pesticides lobby, represented by huge corporate lobbying groups ECPA and CLA. Take a look at what happened in the ceremony in this 1,5 min video!

 

CETA: winning one step at a time

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CETA, the trade deal being negotiated between Canada and the EU, threatens democracy. The dangerous deal would mean the creation of special tribunals where corporations would be able to sue our governments for public money. Tackling a treaty of these enormous dimensions requires long-term work, but we haven’t shied away from it. First, back in the spring, we mobilised more than 350,000 Europeans in just five days. The European Commission listened and confirmed that the parliaments of EU countries will have the opportunity to ratify the controversial trade deal.

Then, in autumn, we launched a huge people-powered open-letter to persuade the Austrian Chancellor to veto the deal and the letter was published in Austria’s biggest newspaper, Der Standard. We also launched a petition to support the opposition of Wallonia to CETA, which collected almost 100.000 signatures in just a couple of days.

And even though the deal has been signed, we have managed to give a big blow to the system of special tribunal for corporations. Even better, CETA can still be stopped by a vote in the European Parliament or by any of the member states' national parliaments. We will keep you updated with our new actions to defeat CETA!

 

Stop corporate abuse

For the first time in history we could have a way to internationally clamp down on corporate abuses. A new global treaty would introduce legally binding rules for corporations. But despite having support from most countries in the United Nations, EU countries have been boycotting this treaty. However, thanks to thousands of actions, nearly 92,000, the European Union has finally agreed to participate in the Intergovernmental Working Group that will discuss how to develop and implement this global treaty. This is a great success, but we will continue to monitor the behaviour of EU countries and will up the pressure next year when hard negotiations start. Stay tuned!

 

Polish ban on abortion: the parliament dropped the proposal!

IMG_9621.JPGOur community came together to stand up to oppose an anti-abortion law in Poland that would have banned abortions in all circumstances, even in cases of rape. Over 83,000 Europeans signed our open letter to support Polish women’s right to choose. And together, we chipped in over €16,000 to support a Polish women’s rights group called Gals 4 Gals. After huge street protests in Poland, alongside campaigning from women’s rights groups, NGOs and charities, as well as our own campaign, the Polish parliament backed down. Can you chip in to keep defending democracy and our basic rights in Europe?

 

 

For a real reform that makes the polluters pay

Pollution is a profitable business. For the past decade powerful corporations have spared no expense to lobby behind the scenes to stop any meaningful reform of the EU carbon pricing policy. The law is now up for review in the European Parliament but so far, things does not seem to be heading in the right direction. Recently, the EP Industry Committee voted in favour of big polluters rather than an efficient reform. But we're not defeated and will keep up the pressure on European policymakers. Now that the Environment Committee in the European Parliament is holding a vote in December, every signature matters SIGN now!

 

Monsanto’s dream crushed: no 15-year extension for glyphosate!

We’ve been working to free Europe from the carcinogenic weed killer glyphosate for many months. With huge support from our partners, we’ve lain the groundwork for the EU to ban glyphosate. In July, the Commission decided not to give this substance the 15 year approval that big corporation Monsanto so desperately wanted. Instead, the EU granted a 18-month extension, pending scientific review. Let’s now increase the pressure on the Commission to ban glyphosate forever. Sign the petition! 

 

For a peaceful world

The European Commission, under heavy pressure from the arms industry, is advocating for a EU budget of thousands of millions of public money destined to develop advanced military technology, for the first time since the Union exists. The goal of these subsidies is to preserve the competitiveness of the arms industry and its capacity to export abroad, including to countries taking part in deadly conflicts. And this is just the beginning, the long-term objective is to set up a programme worth 3.5 billion of euros. This will mean cuts to the detriment of other spending priorities.

But we have a chance to avoid European tax payers paying to fuel war and conflict. Tell Members of the European Parliament and the European Council we want them to vote for peace and not to subsidize weapons. Join the movement now!