Goldman Sachs, a banking corporation with a central role in causing the 2008 financial crisis, just found an easy way to make sure the Union operates in its interests.
Governments across Europe have fallen seriously short in their efforts to provide aid and dignified reception to some of the world’s most vulnerable people arriving to Europe’s shores. So Europeans across the continent have stepped in to offer vital humanitarian assistance to those who desperately need it.
In a wildly disproportionate reaction against the instigators of the attempted military coup d’etat in July 2016, Turkey’s president Erdoğan seized the opportunity to launch a wide-scale attack on democracy and the rule of law. More than 130,000 joined our call to suspend all accession negotiations with the Turkish administration, and in September we drove some flashy bikes displaying our message in Bratislava, where the European Council was meeting. Unfortunately, the current Turkish government continues to promote human rights violations and the rule of law is not yet upheld in Turkey.
More than 65,000 of us from across Europe signed against financing nuclear power with public EU money in less than a week. Thanks to this amazing reaction, we were able to bring the voice of the European citizens into the discussion.
While citizens have to pay taxes, most countries in Europe let wealthy multinational corporations get away with dodging billions of euros.
The European Commission plans to give more to corporations to sue European countries, despite broad public pressure not to extend corporation’s privileges, including more than 93,00 of you! We know this is a long term battle, but we also know it’s worth the fight that’s why we are still watching and acting. Don’t miss the boat: sign and fight for a European democracy led by the people and not by greedy corporations!
More than 47,000 Europeans asked EU leaders to take action to fight tax fraud, tax evasion and money laundering, and we delivered all those signatures to the members of the European Council. Following that, in June, the European Parliament set up a Panama Paper Inquiry Committee to investigate the maladministration in the application of EU laws on money laundering, tax avoidance and tax evasion. There’s more work to be done, but this is a great start!
The European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) allows people to participate directly in the creation of EU laws. Over six million Europeans have used it to stand up to defend media freedom, water as a public good, restriction of animal testing, high quality European education for all, and many other issues that affect us all. Sadly the ECI has proven to be highly inefficient and lacks teeth.
We lost a battle but achieved so much more than we had hoped. In just a few days we collected over 280,000 signatures calling for the rejection of legislation that puts whistleblowers and journalists at risk of being imprisoned for working in the public interest. It looked like the vote was going to be postponed - thanks in part to the pressure we put together on the European Parliament. Sadly the vote went ahead and the law was passed. Now the law needs to be adapted by each EU country before it takes effect.