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Stop the Illegal Killing and Illegal Trapping of Millions of Wild Birds

  Ask the governments to protect millions of wild birds and stop the illegal killing, illegal trapping, and illegal trading. Leave a comment (COMMENT=MORE IMPACT) These wild birds are either: Illegally sold to restaurants or private dealers, at a high price, as an expensive illegal “delicacy” to be eaten Illegally traded and illegally sold as caged pets Illegally killed for fun or sport The illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of millions of birds extends throughout the Mediterranean, in over 25 countries. Cruel, illegal methods include bow traps, snare traps, mist nets, limesticks - where birds get trapped in glue, and many other methods, that don't just kill the birds, but often leave them mutilated and in agony. Often with torn wings and separated legs. Birds include many threatened and endangered species from the IUCN Red List The birds affected are wide ranging. There are too many to list, but here are a few: European Robin, House Sparrow, Ortolan Bunting, Eurasian Chaffinch, Blackcap, Song Thrush, Calandra Lark, Eurasian Blackbird, Eurasian Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, European Turtle-Dove, Common Coot, Warblers, European Greenfinch, European Goldfinch, Common Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, Ringed Plovers, Eurasian Golden Oriole, Wrens, White Wagtail, Bee-eaters, Brambling, Redpoll, Common Buzzard, European Honey-Buzzard, Eagle, Hawk, Common Snipe, Siskin, European Serin, Starling, Thrush Nightingale, Dunnock, and many, many more. Be it for fun, for sport, for a traditional “delicacy” or to be sold as caged pets, it’s all illegal and the cruel methods of hunting these birds across the Mediterranean needs to be stopped. I’m petitioning for existing laws to be enforced. The legislation is already in place; unfortunately the enforcement of the law is weak. I am calling on the governing bodies of each of the countries where these practises are common to come together and save our wildlife. This is a matter for both conservation and animal welfare. This issue sweeps across many countries and continents, and we have a duty to ensure that these flyways are safe areas where our wild birds can live and thrive. There needs to be justice for these illegal acts.   Highlighted below are some of the problems from a few countries.     Italy: The illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of approximately 5.6 million migrant and resident birds extends across Italy, from the Brescia Alps down to the Sulcis district in Sardinia.   Northern Italy: See: http://www.komitee.de/en/projects/italy/bow-traps The Brescia Alps, between Lakes Garda, Como, and Iseo, (Lombardy), lie one of the most important European migrant bird flyways. In principle, the authorities have an obligation under national and international law to place this part of the Alps under special protection. Instead however, they just stand by and watch as one of the most important European migration routes deteriorate into a paradise for poachers. As early as the end of September, countless illegal "archetti" traps – a metal bow with a snare attached – have been set up on the mountain passes. The bright red berries of the mountain ash attract the birds, mostly Robins, Thrushes and Wrens, into the illegal traps, which are propped open under tension with small sticks. Once the bird lands on the trap the tension is released and the trap snaps shut, and the bird - still alive - is trapped in the snare, with both it's legs broken. They often flutter about for hours until they die of thirst or exhaustion; or until they are collected by the poacher. They are then illegally served as "delicacies" to restaurants and private dealers. See: http://www.komitee.de/en/projects/italy/bow-traps Even though these bow traps have been banned in Italy since the 1950s, thousands of these illegal traps are still found today. The Italian Government is not doing enough to stop these illegal acts. They need to ACT NOW.     Sardinia: Hundreds of thousands of wintering migrant birds are the victims of an egoistic obsession every year in the south of Sardinia. After dying by strangulation in fine snares they are illegally sold by the poachers at high prices to restaurants and private ‘gourmets’ for consumption. Those birds that are illegally trapped alive are kept in squalid conditions, trapped in a cage in the dark. To fatten them up, they often have their eyes plucked out while they are still alive, as the pain and stress causes them to eat more than normal. Robins, Wrens, Chaffinch, Meadow Pipit, Song Thrush, Dunnock, Fieldfare and many other species of bird are illegally killed in Italy. The use of snares is illegal. The trade in the birds is illegal. But in the more isolated regions of the island everybody knows his neighbour and effective controls are rare. The ITALIAN GOVERNMENT needs to ACT NOW and enforce the laws to protect these birds. Only the local forest police attempt to combat the poachers. It is almost impossible to lie in ambush for the poachers on the trapping routes in the impenetrable and extensive woodland, so much so that the officers can only locate and confiscate the snares. In view of the hundreds of thousands of traps this is a never-ending task.   Southern Italy: The islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea along the south Italian coast, in particular, Capri, Ischia and Ponza, are valuable stepping stones for the migrants returning from Africa. After arriving here in spring, following a demanding flight across the Sahara and the Mediterranean, they are often too exhausted to fly. The poachers are well aware of this. From the end of March on wards, illegal snap traps baited with mealworms are set out in vineyards, olive groves and gardens. These prove to be the undoing of the starving birds. Species whose populations north of the Alps are threatened with extinction, such as the Nightingale, Whinchat, Northern Wheatear and Common Redstart, die in masses in these small illegal traps. Quails, Turtle Doves and Raptors are also the much sought-after prey of the hunters, who clear their fields of fire by burning off the macchia. Calls from illegal electronic bird lures can be heard at night far out to sea, and these lead the birds into the traps and to the hunters' guns.     From the Brescia Alps down to the Sulcis district in Sardinia, millions of wild birds are being illegally killed, illegally trapped and illegally traded. Illegal “archetti” (bow traps), illegal snare traps, illegal nets, illegal limesticks and illegal electronic bird lures, are being used. The Italian government is NOT doing enough to stop the illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of millions of wild birds. 3.4-7.8 million individual birds are illegally killed each year in Italy. Italy is breaching the laws of the European Union, and could be taken to the European Court of Justice. See links for more: http://www.komitee.de/en/projects/italy/sardinia http://www.lipu.it/     Cyprus and British Overseas Territories: Cyprus is an important migration flyway for birds between Africa and Europe and millions of birds are illegally killed yearly as they migrate over the island. The Famagusta and Limassol districts are some of the worst.  Again many birds are illegally killed and/or caught. More illegal “delicacies” such as Blackcap, Song Thrush, Warblers, Lesser Whitethroat, and Common Chiffchaff, are all illegally trapped and illegally sold to restaurants to be eaten. The birds are caught for profit and fuelling the illegal restaurant trade with the traditional delicacy known as ambelopoulia. Birds are often kept in appalling conditions, illegally trapped in tiny cages. To fatten them up, they have their eyes plucked out while they're still alive. This causes them to eat more than usual due to the pain and stress.  To protect resident and migratory birds, BirdLife Cyprus and the RSPB survey areas of illegal trapping. More than 150 species of birds, over half of conservation concern, have been trapped in illegal nets, or on illegal limesticks, and it is estimated that organised crime gangs earn over 15 million Euros yearly. The dead birds are sold to provide the main ingredient for ambelopoulia in Cyprus; an illegal delicacy served to restaurant diners. The 2015 survey estimated 19 km (12 miles) of illegal mist nets across both the Republic and the British Territories, and more than 5,300 illegal limesticks, mainly in the Republic. It is estimated that over 2 million birds were illegally killed in 2015, including over 800,000 on British Territories. (For example Akrotiri and Dhekelia).  The British Overseas Territories in Cyprus are now among the most severe strongholds for the illegal trapping of wild birds anywhere in Europe. Under the watch of the British military, more than a million songbirds are being caught and killed illegally each year, including many endangered species. With its massive poaching issue, Cyprus remains a key problem child for wildlife conservation and international protection of migratory birds. By far the worst areas are the UK military bases of Akrotiri and Dhekelia in the south of the Mediterranean island. Combined, these areas - considered property of the Crown and Defence Department official British Overseas Territories - equate to just 230 square kilometres of land. Yet each year poachers enter unperturbed, constructing huge illegal trapping installations to illegally catch hundreds of thousands of small birds with huge nets. The birds are caught for profit and fuelling the illegal restaurant trade with the traditional delicacy known as ambelopoulia. The territories are in a state of complete anarchy, perhaps through fear of gaining a bad reputation as “occupiers”, neither the British Government, British police, nor the military take any action against the highly visible lobbies. By turning a blind eye, they quell any discussion on the return of the territories to Cyprus and from London the situation is seemingly out of sight and out of mind. Excerpt from CABS website http://www.komitee.de/en/protest/protest-campaign-sba-cyprus   The Cyprus government and the British government are NOT doing enough to stop the illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of millions of wild birds. 1.3-3.2 million individual birds are illegally killed each year in Cyprus. Cyprus is breaching the laws of the European Union, and could be taken to the European Court of Justice. See links for more: http://www.komitee.de/en/projects/cyprus http://www.birdlifecyprus.org/       France: Illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of hundreds of thousands of small birds such as Eurasian Chaffinch, European Robin, Ortolan Bunting and many, many more. The Ortolan Bunting is often served as a “delicacy”, through tradition and a rite of passage. They are illegally trapped and caged. To fatten them up, sometimes they have their eyes plucked out while they're still alive, as the pain and stress that this causes makes them eat profusely. They are left like this for weeks, in perpetual darkness, and over time once they have fattened up, they are drowned, (often in Armagnac), and cooked. Although this is illegal, it carries on because it is a tradition and the poachers are very rarely prosecuted. Cited as “tolerance”, these illegal and horrific acts continue. Those who do get prosecuted are simply let off with a warning; there is rarely any justice. Considered a gastronomic delicacy a number of well-known politicians have admitted to eating them, even former President of France Francois Mitterand could not resist. In France, hunting of Ortolan Buntings has been forbidden by law since 1979 and the species was put on the protected list in 1999.  Each year, however about 30,000 Ortolans are trapped illegally during migration, August-September, in the SW France principally in the département of Les Landes using what are called “traditional hunting methods” (matoles or cage traps).   Many other birds are illegally caught in the process. Often European Goldfinches, Chaffinches, Robins, Thrushes, and many other small birds are illegally trapped and illegally killed.  The French government is NOT doing enough to stop the illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of millions of wild birds. 149,000-895,000 individual birds are illegally killed each year in France. France is breaching the laws of the European Union, and could be taken to the European Court of Justice.     LPO (Birdlife France) have set up a letter you can send to the Interior Minister of France. PLEASE SEND HIM A MESSAGE HERE: https://www.lpo.fr/actualites/stoppez-le-braconnage-du-bruant-ortolan See links for more: http://www.komitee.de/en/projects/france https://www.lpo.fr/ In 2013, LPO (BirdLife in France) sent a complaint to the European Commission. In March 2015, the Commission informed LPO that the French government had given a satisfactory reply to their questions, including that it was working with LPO on the issue; and if the NGO had no more evidence, the Commission would close the complaint. LPO immediately sent a dossier with information from the previous poaching season to Brussels.  LPO has continued sending proof to the Commission that the French government is doing nothing to stop the illegal trapping and that it has convicted very few of the hunters involved. On 16 June 2016, there was some cause for hope. The Commission announced that it had sent a “reasoned opinion” to the French government, which had two months to satisfy the Commission that it was taking action to stop this illegal killing, or else the Commission could bring France before the European Court of Justice. Nothing has come of this.       Spain Located on the southwest edge of Europe, Spain is an important flyway for western migrating birds which cross the Straits of Gibraltar en route to their winter quarters in Africa. The majority of migrants from the British Isles, the Benelux countries and France transit the bathing beaches of the Costa Blanca and Costa Brava twice a year, and almost all water birds that use the Wadden Sea as a rest area, on their way to Africa, cross the Iberian Peninsula. In the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula, in the autonomous regions of Catalonia and Valencia, illegal bird trapping takes place. Every autumn countless thrushes are illegally caught on treacherous lime sticks in more than 2,000 illegal trapping sites - the so-called Barraccas in Catalonia or Paranys in Valencia. Spanish experts say that the Spanish trappers illegally catch more than 2 million song birds annually in these installations, including numerous endangered species. The ‘Paranys’ are specially cultivated and trimmed illegal trapping-gardens that dominate the landscape between Valencia and Tarragona. Every tree is spiked with hundreds of small illegal limesticks that stick to the birds’ plumage with just the slightest touch, and cause them to fall helplessly to the ground. Unable to move their wings, they then land in a tunnel where the trapper ‘harvests’ them – usually after a long and painful struggle – by strangulation. Taped bird calls lure whole flocks of night migrants to their deadly fate. This is illegal. This method of trapping has been banned in the EU since 1979. Although the Spanish courts long ago declared the practice illegal, and a judgement of the European Court of Justice ruled, unambiguously, in December 2004 that the installations must be closed down, they are still in use today. The Spanish Government, politicians, the local administration and the police TURN A BLIND EYE to the continued violation of national and international nature protection legislation. For the first time ever CABS (Committee Against Bird Slaughter) volunteers have managed to film the massacre with low-light cameras. “The material demonstrates that thousands of wild birds are illegally and cruelly killed and that numerous protected and endangered species are among the victims” states CABS President Heinz Schwarze. The video shows Thrushes and Blackcaps squealing and panicking, fighting for their lives among the corpses of their partners. Click to watch the video: http://www.komitee.de/en/youtube/youtube-spain In addition the film shows that, despite a clear ban on such practices, the Spanish authorities take no action against these installations, although these are highly visible and are operated openly by their owners. Schwarze continues “We have informed the police time and again but no one accepts responsibility”. CABS accuses the local government of active complicity in that they tolerate the operation of the installations, hinder the responsible game wardens in their monitoring work and protect the trappers from prosecution. The game wardens are forbidden to work at night – when the installations are active – which rules out any effective form of control. Even when the wardens manage to take a case to court the offenders are let off with no sanctions. In 2013 a trapper was found not guilty by a court in Vignaros because the commonly used bird lime trap he used Il Tordo - was allegedly not capable of trapping protected species! CABS has announced that it intends to file an official complaint against Spain with the European Commission because of the toleration of mass, non-selective trapping and killing of protected bird species. In order to put pressure on the Spanish authorities, and to urge the authorities to finally take effective action against this breach of European legislation, CABS has started an international protest action. A prepared email mail text in Spanish (with English translation) and addressed to Valencia’s Environment Minister Isabel Bonig Trigueros is available. PLEASE SEND HER A MESSAGE HERE: http://www.komitee.de/en/actions-and-projects/spain/lime-sticks-spain/protest-mail-spain     Across the country, from the north-east of the Iberian Peninsula, the autonomous regions of Catalonia and Valencia, to Majorca, and the South, many laws are being broken, legislation is being ignored, and Spanish authorities are turning a blind eye to illegal acts. The Spanish government is NOT doing enough to stop the illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of millions of wild birds. Spain is breaching the laws of the European Union, and could be taken to the European Court of Justice. See links for more: http://www.komitee.de/en/projects/spain http://www.seo.org/       Malta Illegal bird trapping takes place on Malta and Gozo. The birds are illegally kept as caged birds in dark garages of supposed ‘bird lovers’. Bird trappers also make a successful business out of the illegal capture and illegal sale of wild caught birds, and often live birds from other countries are illegally smuggled into Malta for use as decoy birds for illegal trapping. Until Malta’s accession into the EU in 2004, bird trapping was permitted as a normal activity. Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, Hawfinch, Serin and Linnet were legally trapped using ground horizontal ‘clap nets’. Despite accession of Malta to the European Union in 2004, Maltese politicians were able to negotiate a generous transition period. With Brussels’ consent, the trapping of 7 finch species was permitted until 2008. As of 1st January 2008, it is illegal to kill and illegal to trap songbirds and finches. However, finch trapping is being permitted by the ORNIS Committee, a Maltese consultation body, going against the European Commission, who immediately gave Malta a formal warning in Autumn 2014. Despite this the Maltese Government opened the finch trapping season. In 2014 the finch trapping season ran from October to December with a quota of 12,000 linnets, 800 goldfinch, 4,500 greenfinch, 500 hawfinch, 5,000 chaffinch and 2,350 siskins. 4,168 finch trapping licenses were issued and each trapper had a bag limit of 10 finches per season, each bird having to be reported by sms and ringed with a ‘single use’ ring. Despite the declaration that the season was to be ‘regulated and restricted’ it was reported that only 25% of finch trappers were subject to spot checks by police or officials. Also it was discovered that the official rings for tagging caught birds could easily be tampered with and removed. The Administrative Law Enforcement (ALE) unit of the Maltese Police is responsible for implementation of the bird protection laws. Although the great majority of Maltese reject and condemn illegal hunting, effective control by the police is still lacking. The ALE has not been reinforced for years and at best no more than ten officers per shift are available to control more than 15,000 hunters and trappers. A lack of officers on the island of Gozo means Maltese trappers can get away with illegal trapping and illegal killing.   Infringement procedures have been launched by the European Commission against Malta, since there is no scientific justification for finch trapping. As of 1st January 2008, it is illegal to kill and illegal to trap songbirds and finches, yet these activities still take place, due to a lack of enforcement from the Maltese government and authorities. The Maltese government is NOT doing enough to stop the illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of millions of wild birds. Malta is breaching the laws of the European Union, and could be taken to the European Court of Justice. See link for more:  http://www.komitee.de/en/projects/malta http://birdlifemalta.org/     Germany Germany lags behind as far as species protection is concerned. In Germany, many wild birds, from songbirds to raptors, often including protected species, are illegally trapped and illegally sold as caged pets. This is in violation of European nature protection legislation, and the Federal Nature Conservation Act. Birds are also smuggled in from the tropics or Eastern Europe. There are countless pet owners in Germany who are not satisfied with keeping dogs or budgies; there is a huge illegal wildlife trade problem, involving many wild birds, tortoises, parrots, ducks, tropical insects and many other animals. The sentencing of the trappers is weak, rarely do the prosecutors give a strong enough sentence. These offenders are often let off and the sanctions imposed are not serious enough to deter other trappers. There is rarely justice for these illegal acts on wild birds. Germany has been reproved on several occasions by the European Commission for inadequate implementation of international environmental regulations.   The German government is NOT doing enough to stop the illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of millions of wild birds. Germany is breaching the laws of the European Union, and could be taken to the European Court of Justice. See links for more: http://www.komitee.de/en/projects/germany https://www.nabu.de/     Greece: Among one of the worst countries for the illegal killing of European Turtle Doves, but also the illegal trapping of European Goldfinch, European Serin, European Greenfinch and Greater Short-Toed Lark, all to be illegally sold as cagebirds. Greece is also among the top three countries that illegally kill Dalmatian pelican. Many more species of bird are illegally killed and illegally trapped across Greece for fun or sport, including species listed as "Vulnerable" on the IUCN Red List. 485,000-922,000 individual birds are illegally killed each year in Greece. The Greek government is NOT doing enough to stop the illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of millions of wild birds.  See links for more: http://www.ornithologiki.gr/       Egypt: Perhaps the MOST DANGEROUS PLACE FOR MIGRATORY BIRDS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN as an estimated 5.7 million birds are killed illegally each year. Read here for more info:  Birdlife Egypt Illegal Killings National Geographic Document Video Photographer Covers Songbird Slaughter There are way too many species of bird to list. Every bird from House Sparrows, Common Coots, Red-Backed Shrikes, Eurasian Golden Orioles, Ringed Plovers, Endangered, Vulnerable, and Critical listed species, are all illegally killed in large numbers.  The stunning beautiful Golden Oriole is being targeted because its flesh can be sold in Middle Eastern markets where it is regarded as a cure for impotency. The Egyptian government is NOT doing enough to stop the illegal killing, illegal trapping and illegal trading of millions of wild birds.   There are many more. Here is a list of the main countries: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, British Overseas Territories, Croatia, Cyprus (Including British Overseas Territories Akrotiri and Dhekelia), Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia FYRA, Malta, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestinian Authority Territories, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey. Here are some links to full in-depth reports. Birdlife Report on Illegal Killings in Mediterranean Images Showing Extent of Illegal Killings Birdlife Report Showing Countries and Extent of Illegal Acts Birdlife Map Showing Illegal Killings Birdlife Video on Extent of Illegal Killings Birdlife Official Campaign Website Donate to CABS to Support Rescue Work in the Field (Committee Against Bird Slaughter) Donate to Birdlife to Support the Work on Illegal Killings Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) Official Website Committee Against Bird Slaughter (CABS) German Official Website CABS Actions and Projects CABS in Italy Italy Illegal Bow Traps CABS in Spain CABS in Germany CABS in Cyprus CABS in Malta CABS in France List of all Birdlife Partners Committee Against Bird Slaughter Facebook page Committee Against Bird Slaughter Twitter page Birdlife International Facebook page Birdlife International Twitter page CMS Official   I urge all the people who have the power to please enforce the existing laws. I ask those who are reading this to support this cause. If nothing is done, we will all be responsible for the continual suffering and decline of this wildlife.    

Adam Kiddy
10,420 supporters
Petitioning Martin Schulz (SPD)

Ban Muslim street prayers. Ban the burka and niqab. Ban sharia. Across the EU.

Europe is rooted in reason, secularism, freedom and the rule of law. There is no room for God-made laws. Most Muslims who seek to make Europe their home have at best a vague understanding of our most defining values, values which fundamentally contradict the commands of their religion-ideology.  Islam is an ideology, not simply a personal belief about God. It comes with a set of detailed rules that define a social segregationist hierarchy in which Muslims submit to Allah, women submit to men and all non-Muslims submit to Islamic rule. Europe must stand up for its values.  BAN ISLAMIC STREET PRAYERS across the EU. They are invasive. They are intimidating. They are racist. They are backward. BAN THE BURQA AND NIQAB across the EU. They are invasive. They are intimidating. They are unsafe. They are degrading. BAN SHARIA. God-made laws go against the quintessence of Western civilization. Defend our values. Defend our freedoms. Defend our way of living.

Kyriacos Kyriakides
1,267 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Jean-Claude Juncker

Para medidas fortes e exemplares contra Durão Barroso por ter ido para a Goldman Sachs

Petição aberta a todos os cidadãos europeus até o final de Setembro de 2016 que apela a que sejam tomadas medidas fortes e exemplares contra José Manuel Durão Barroso, cujo comportamento desonra a função pública europeia e a própria União Europeia. NÃO EM NOSSO NOME! Somos um grupo de funcionários das instituições europeias, vinculados ao dever de confidencialidade e de discrição profissional, preocupados com a deterioração do projeto europeu entre as nossas famílias, amigos e vizinhos e de muitos mais cidadãos por toda a Europa. No passado dia 8 de julho de 2016, dias depois de o Reino-Unido ter votado para sair da UE, soubemos que José Manuel Durão Barroso - ex-presidente da Comissão Europeia durante dois mandatos, 10 anos - vai em breve assumir o cargo de presidente não-executivo das operações internacionais e consultor do banco de investimento Goldman Sachs com a tarefa maior de ajudar a limitar os efeitos negativos do Brexit. Esta decisão de aceitar assumir funções num dos bancos mais implicados na crise dos subprimes que desencadeou a crise financeira de 2007/2008 - a pior desde a Grande Depressão -, bem como num dos bancos mais envolvidos na crise da dívida grega, tendo ajudado a Grécia a dissimular o seu deficit para depois, em 2009/2010, ter especulado contra ele com pleno conhecimento da insustentabilidade da dívida, é mais um exemplo da prática irresponsável da “porta giratória” altamente prejudicial para as instituições da União Europeia e que, embora não seja ilegal, não deixa de ser moralmente repreensível. Tal decisão é irresponsável porque alimenta um contexto político que não é só de euroceticismo, mas sobremaneira de eurofobia, onde alguns representantes políticos - até da maioria no Parlamento Europeu - começam a questionar abertamente a existência da Comissão Europeia e do método comunitário que, noutras crises passadas, permitiram desde o Tratado de Roma construir a União Europeia e dar passos importantes. É altamente prejudicial para o projeto europeu e para as instituições europeias que, no delicado contexto atual das múltiplas crises que se acumulam - a crise dos refugiados e dos migrantes, a crise desencadeada pelo referendo do Reino-Unido, a crise económica e a crise sobre o tipo de Europa que queremos construir - um ex-Presidente da Comissão esteja associado aos valores desenfreados e antiéticos que a Goldman Sachs representa. Esta decisão surge no pior momento : é um sinal desastroso para a União e uma benesse para os eurofóbicos.   Trata-se de uma decisão moralmente repreensível na medida em que macula a honra e probidade de uma função pública europeia que é suposta defender o interesse geral europeu. Todos os ex-membros das instituições europeias estão obrigados a respeitar o dever de “integridade e discrição” nos termos do Tratado sobre o Funcionamento da União Europeia (TFUE) Artigo 245, mesmo depois de findo o período de 18 meses após cessarem funções. Acresce ainda o facto de José Manuel Durão Barroso ter sido nomeado duas vezes pelos Chefes de Estado e de Governo, bem como pelo Parlamento Europeu. Por todas estas razões, apelamos aos cidadãos europeus que assinem esta petição, pedindo às duas mais altas instâncias da Comunidade Europeia, o Conselho da União Europeia e o Colégio da Comissão Europeia, que levem esta questão ao Tribunal de Justiça da UE no âmbito do Artigo 245 do TFUE, de modo a: Não somente verificar que o Sr. Barroso cessou as funções há mais de 18 meses ; Examinar em detalhe e com toda a transparência se o Sr. Barroso tem respeitado os seus deveres de integridade e discrição relativamente à União Europeia ; Tomar, à luz destas conclusões, medidas fortes e exemplares adequadas contra José Manuel Durão Barroso tais como : A suspensão da sua reforma como ex-Presidente da Comissão Europeia durante o período em que exercer funções na Goldman Sachs e ulteriormente; A negação de todos os títulos honoríficos possíveis ligados às instituições europeias; O reforço das regras éticas de combate à prática da «porta giratória» por parte de ex-membros da Comissão Europeia, tendo em conta os danos que estes comportamentos têm para a função pública europeia e para a própria União Europeia, em particular o estabelecimento de regras mais rigorosas para os ex-presidentes e vice-presidentes. Esta petição, publicada no Change.org, será apresentada aos presidentes das três instituições europeias : a Comissão Europeia, o Parlamento Europeu e o Conselho da União Europeia, bem como aos representantes dos funcionários das instituições europeias. E, tal como apelamos a todos os cidadãos europeus que assinem e partilhem esta petição, lançamos também um apelo a todos os funcionários das instituições europeias que comungam das nossas preocupações, independentemente do seu estatuto, que apoiem esta petição (o anonimato dos funcionários será estritamente respeitado) e que eventualmente se juntem ao nosso grupo (o anonimato dos membros do grupo também será rigorosamente respeitado)  contactando-nos via EUemployees@gmail.com para que lancemos novas ações com o objetivo de reconciliar os cidadãos europeus com a União Europeia. Bruxelas, 11 de julho de 2016 Um grupo espontâneo de funcionários das instituições europeias   Esta petição será entregue até o final de setembro/início de outubro 2016 a: Comissão Europeia Presidente Jean-Claude Juncker Conselho Europeu Presidente Donald Tusk Parlamento Europeu Presidente Martin Schulz [1] http://www.goldmansachs.com/media-relations/press-releases/current/jose-manuel-barroso-appointed.html Petition in English Petition in French Petition in German Petition in Italian Petition in Spanish Petition in Slovakian 12.09.2016: Letter of President Juncker answering the Ombudsman's concerns regarding the recent move by former Commission President, Mr Barroso : http://politico.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e26c1a1c392386a968d02fdbc&id=d21675d766&e=af776e8962 06.09.2016: Letter to President Juncker outlining the Ombudsman's concerns regarding the recent move by former Commission President, Mr Barroso http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/resources/otherdocument.faces/en/70847/html.bookmark Press release: 14.09.2016 (PT): Diário de Notícias: http://www.dn.pt/portugal/interior/aumenta-a-pressao-sobre-durao-barroso-em-bruxelas-5385933.html 14.09.2016: Público (PT): https://www.publico.pt/mundo/noticia/funcionarios-europeus-estao-chocados-com-durao-barroso-1743953 14.09.2016: Rádio Nova (PT): http://www.radionova.fm/noticias/ler/29351 14.09.2016: Dinheiro Vivo (PT): https://www.dinheirovivo.pt/economia/barroso/ 14.09.2016: O Observador (PT): http://observador.pt/2016/09/13/multiplicam-se-as-criticas-a-barroso-e-pedidos-para-perda-de-privilegios/ 14.09.2016: SIC Notícias (PT): http://sicnoticias.sapo.pt/mundo/2016-09-13-140-mil-assinaram-peticao-para-Durao-Barroso-perder-reforma-da-Comissao-Europeia 12.09.2016:Le Monde (FR): http://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2016/09/12/l-affaire-barroso-rebondit-a-bruxelles_4996252_3234.html 07.09.2016 CNN (EN): http://www.snappytv.com/tc/2755490 07.09.2016 France TV-Info (FR): http://geopolis.francetvinfo.fr/bureau-bruxelles-france2/2016/09/07/la-commission-sommee-de-sexpliquer-sur-laffaire-barroso.html 07.09.2016 Reuters (EN): http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-ethics-idUSKCN11D2FV 07.09.2016 CNN (EN): http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/07/news/goldman-sachs-barroso-eu-petition/index.html 06.09.2016 Financial Times (EN): https://www.ft.com/content/7ff044e6-7449-11e6-bf48-b372cdb1043a 06.09.2016 The Guardian (EN): https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/sep/06/eu-ethics-watchdog-intervenes-on-jose-manuel-barroso-goldman-job?CMP=twt_gu 06.09.2016 Les Echos (FR): http://www.lesechos.fr/monde/europe/0211262448610-laffaire-barroso-sinvite-a-la-rentree-de-la-commission-europeenne-2025274.php 06.09.2016 The Irish Times (EN): http://www.irishtimes.com/business/work/ombudsman-seeks-clarity-on-barroso-move-to-goldman-sachs-1.2781445?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed 06.09.2016 NRC (NL): https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2016/09/06/eu-ombudsvrouw-eist-opheldering-over-stap-barroso-naar-zakenbank-a1520032 06.09.2016 The Guardian (EN): https://www.theguardian.com/business/nils-pratley-on-finance/2016/sep/06/jose-manuel-barroso-goldman-job-puts-european-commission-in-a-tight-spot?CMP=twt_a-world_b-gdnworld 06.09.2016 La Presse (FR): http://affaires.lapresse.ca/economie/services-financiers/201609/06/01-5017474-barroso-chez-goldman-sachs-lue-veut-des-clarifications.php?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter 06.09.2016 Bloomberg (EN): http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-06/goldman-sachs-brexit-adviser-role-probed-by-eu-ethics-watchdog?utm_content=business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&cmpid%3D=socialflow-twitter-business 06.09.2016 NEW EUROPE (EN): https://www.neweurope.eu/article/russia-declares-levada-pollster-foreign-agent/ 06.09.2016 POLITICO (EN): http://www.politico.eu/pro/eu-watchdog-demands-answers-on-goldman-barroso-hire/ 01.09.2016 L'OBS (FR): http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/en-direct/a-chaud/27229-ue-barroso-barroso-goldman-sachs-petition-employes.html 30.08.2016 Financial Times (EN): https://www.ft.com/content/de5f7b0c-6df3-11e6-9ac1-1055824ca907 30.08.2016 Financial Times Radio (EN) - start at 8'18'' http://podcast.ft.com/2016/08/30/cbi-on-brexit-barrosos-goldman-job-and-fed-policy-options/ 30.08.2016 CNBC (video - EN): http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/30/ex-eu-leader-under-fire-for-taking-goldman-sachs-job.html 30.08.2016 Huffingtonpost and Euronews (video - EN): http://shows.huffingtonpost.com/video/barroso-goldman-sachs-pension-protest-petition-grows-57c5ae861c689948191748d1?context=PC:tech:PL6781:1463438174585 30.08.2016 Euronews (video - FR): http://fr.euronews.com/2016/08/30/barroso-chez-goldman-sachs-une-petition-reclame-des-sanctions 30.08.2016 Euronews (video - DE): http://www.aol.de/video/fast-80-000-gegen-goldman-sachs-banker-barroso-57c5e2f01c6899481917def5/ 30.08.2016 Handelsblatt (DE): http://www.handelsblatt.com/unternehmen/banken-versicherungen/goldman-sachs-und-jose-manuel-barroso-nicht-in-unserem-namen/14473668.html 30.08.2016 The Guardian (EN): http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/29/eu-staff-petition-attacks-former-ec-president-over-goldman-sachs-job 30.08.2016 The European Post (EN): http://europeanpost.co/petition-against-barrosos-job-at-goldman-sachs-reaches-80000-signatures/ 30.8.2016 La Tribune (FR): http://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/banques-finance/banque/barroso-chez-goldman-sachs-une-petition-fait-rebondir-la-polemique-595180.html 30.8.2016 Euractiv (FR): http://www.euractiv.fr/section/justice-affaires-interieures/news/barroso-chez-goldman-sachs-une-petition-fait-rebondir-la-polemique/ 30.08.2016 Corriere Della Sera (IT) http://www.corriere.it/notizie-ultima-ora/Economia/Goldman-Sachs-petizione-Change-org-nomina-Barroso-raccolte-76mila-firme/30-08-2016/1-A_031564124.shtml 30.08.2016 La Repubblica (IT) http://ricerca.repubblica.it/repubblica/archivio/repubblica/2016/09/01/proteste-contro-barroso-restituisca-bonus22.html?ref=search 30.08.2016 City AM (EN): http://www.cityam.com/248440/petition-piles-pressure-barroso-goldman-sachs-job-reaches 30.08.2016 ZAP (PT): http://zap.aeiou.pt/peticao-para-tirar-reforma-a-durao-barroso-ja-tem-76-mil-assinaturas-127567 30.08.2016 El Confidencial (ES): http://www.elconfidencial.com/economia/2016-08-30/durao-barroso-goldman-sachs-peticion-perder-pension-ue_1252855/ 29.08.2016 Expansion (ES): http://www.expansion.com/agencia/europa_press/2016/08/29/20160829174439.html 29.08.2016 Dinheirovivo Bibo (PT):  https://www.dinheirovivo.pt/economia/trabalhadores-da-ue-pedem-medidas-duras-e-exemplares-contra-barroso/ 29.08.2016 Nogocios (PT): http://www.jornaldenegocios.pt/economia/europa/uniao_europeia/detalhe/76000_pedem_que_durao_barroso_perca_reforma_da_comissao.html 30.08.2016 Algarve Daily news (EN):  http://algarvedailynews.com/news/9693-barroso-should-lose-pension-for-bringing-eu-into-disrepute-2 11.08.2016De Standaard (NL): http://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20160810_02420076 07.08.2016 Médiapart (FR): https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/070816/comment-sanctionner-barroso-apres-son-embauche-goldman-sachs 06.08.2016 Euronews (EN) http://www.euronews.com/2016/08/06/thousands-call-on-eu-chiefs-to-act-over-barroso-controversy 15.07.2016 La Libre (FR): http://www.lalibre.be/debats/opinions/comment-empecher-barroso-de-devenir-lobbyiste-5787c76935705dcbd6ff4be9 19.07.2016 Stand Up For Europe (EN): http://www.standupforuseurope.eu/c-p-j-m-barroso-chez-goldman-sachs/ 13.07.2016 Libération (FR): http://bruxelles.blogs.liberation.fr/2016/07/13/barroso-pris-la-main-dans-le-sachs/

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Petitioning Jean-Claude Juncker

Para medidas fortes e exemplares contra Durão Barroso por ter ido para a Goldman Sachs

Petição aberta a todos os cidadãos europeus até o final de Setembro de 2016 que apela a que sejam tomadas medidas fortes e exemplares contra José Manuel Durão Barroso, cujo comportamento desonra a função pública europeia e a própria União Europeia. NÃO EM NOSSO NOME! Somos um grupo de funcionários das instituições europeias, vinculados ao dever de confidencialidade e de discrição profissional, preocupados com a deterioração do projeto europeu entre as nossas famílias, amigos e vizinhos e de muitos mais cidadãos por toda a Europa. No passado dia 8 de julho de 2016, dias depois de o Reino-Unido ter votado para sair da UE, soubemos que José Manuel Durão Barroso - ex-presidente da Comissão Europeia durante dois mandatos, 10 anos - vai em breve assumir o cargo de presidente não-executivo das operações internacionais e consultor do banco de investimento Goldman Sachs com a tarefa maior de ajudar a limitar os efeitos negativos do Brexit. Esta decisão de aceitar assumir funções num dos bancos mais implicados na crise dos subprimes que desencadeou a crise financeira de 2007/2008 - a pior desde a Grande Depressão -, bem como num dos bancos mais envolvidos na crise da dívida grega, tendo ajudado a Grécia a dissimular o seu deficit para depois, em 2009/2010, ter especulado contra ele com pleno conhecimento da insustentabilidade da dívida, é mais um exemplo da prática irresponsável da “porta giratória” altamente prejudicial para as instituições da União Europeia e que, embora não seja ilegal, não deixa de ser moralmente repreensível. Tal decisão é irresponsável porque alimenta um contexto político que não é só de euroceticismo, mas sobremaneira de eurofobia, onde alguns representantes políticos - até da maioria no Parlamento Europeu - começam a questionar abertamente a existência da Comissão Europeia e do método comunitário que, noutras crises passadas, permitiram desde o Tratado de Roma construir a União Europeia e dar passos importantes. É altamente prejudicial para o projeto europeu e para as instituições europeias que, no delicado contexto atual das múltiplas crises que se acumulam - a crise dos refugiados e dos migrantes, a crise desencadeada pelo referendo do Reino-Unido, a crise económica e a crise sobre o tipo de Europa que queremos construir - um ex-Presidente da Comissão esteja associado aos valores desenfreados e antiéticos que a Goldman Sachs representa. Esta decisão surge no pior momento : é um sinal desastroso para a União e uma benesse para os eurofóbicos.   Trata-se de uma decisão moralmente repreensível na medida em que macula a honra e probidade de uma função pública europeia que é suposta defender o interesse geral europeu. Todos os ex-membros das instituições europeias estão obrigados a respeitar o dever de “integridade e discrição” nos termos do Tratado sobre o Funcionamento da União Europeia (TFUE) Artigo 245, mesmo depois de findo o período de 18 meses após cessarem funções. Acresce ainda o facto de José Manuel Durão Barroso ter sido nomeado duas vezes pelos Chefes de Estado e de Governo, bem como pelo Parlamento Europeu. Por todas estas razões, apelamos aos cidadãos europeus que assinem esta petição, pedindo às duas mais altas instâncias da Comunidade Europeia, o Conselho da União Europeia e o Colégio da Comissão Europeia, que levem esta questão ao Tribunal de Justiça da UE no âmbito do Artigo 245 do TFUE, de modo a: Não somente verificar que o Sr. Barroso cessou as funções há mais de 18 meses ; Examinar em detalhe e com toda a transparência se o Sr. Barroso tem respeitado os seus deveres de integridade e discrição relativamente à União Europeia ; Tomar, à luz destas conclusões, medidas fortes e exemplares adequadas contra José Manuel Durão Barroso tais como : A suspensão da sua reforma como ex-Presidente da Comissão Europeia durante o período em que exercer funções na Goldman Sachs e ulteriormente; A negação de todos os títulos honoríficos possíveis ligados às instituições europeias; O reforço das regras éticas de combate à prática da «porta giratória» por parte de ex-membros da Comissão Europeia, tendo em conta os danos que estes comportamentos têm para a função pública europeia e para a própria União Europeia, em particular o estabelecimento de regras mais rigorosas para os ex-presidentes e vice-presidentes. Esta petição, publicada no Change.org, será apresentada aos presidentes das três instituições europeias : a Comissão Europeia, o Parlamento Europeu e o Conselho da União Europeia, bem como aos representantes dos funcionários das instituições europeias. E, tal como apelamos a todos os cidadãos europeus que assinem e partilhem esta petição, lançamos também um apelo a todos os funcionários das instituições europeias que comungam das nossas preocupações, independentemente do seu estatuto, que apoiem esta petição (o anonimato dos funcionários será estritamente respeitado) e que eventualmente se juntem ao nosso grupo (o anonimato dos membros do grupo também será rigorosamente respeitado)  contactando-nos via EUemployees@gmail.com para que lancemos novas ações com o objetivo de reconciliar os cidadãos europeus com a União Europeia. Bruxelas, 11 de julho de 2016 Um grupo espontâneo de funcionários das instituições europeias   Esta petição será entregue até o final de setembro/início de outubro 2016 a: Comissão Europeia Presidente Jean-Claude Juncker Conselho Europeu Presidente Donald Tusk Parlamento Europeu Presidente Martin Schulz [1] http://www.goldmansachs.com/media-relations/press-releases/current/jose-manuel-barroso-appointed.html Petition in English Petition in French Petition in German Petition in Italian Petition in Spanish Petition in Slovakian 12.09.2016: Letter of President Juncker answering the Ombudsman's concerns regarding the recent move by former Commission President, Mr Barroso : http://politico.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=e26c1a1c392386a968d02fdbc&id=d21675d766&e=af776e8962 06.09.2016: Letter to President Juncker outlining the Ombudsman's concerns regarding the recent move by former Commission President, Mr Barroso http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/resources/otherdocument.faces/en/70847/html.bookmark Press release: 14.09.2016 (PT): Diário de Notícias: http://www.dn.pt/portugal/interior/aumenta-a-pressao-sobre-durao-barroso-em-bruxelas-5385933.html 14.09.2016: Público (PT): https://www.publico.pt/mundo/noticia/funcionarios-europeus-estao-chocados-com-durao-barroso-1743953 14.09.2016: Rádio Nova (PT): http://www.radionova.fm/noticias/ler/29351 14.09.2016: Dinheiro Vivo (PT): https://www.dinheirovivo.pt/economia/barroso/ 14.09.2016: O Observador (PT): http://observador.pt/2016/09/13/multiplicam-se-as-criticas-a-barroso-e-pedidos-para-perda-de-privilegios/ 14.09.2016: SIC Notícias (PT): http://sicnoticias.sapo.pt/mundo/2016-09-13-140-mil-assinaram-peticao-para-Durao-Barroso-perder-reforma-da-Comissao-Europeia 12.09.2016:Le Monde (FR): http://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2016/09/12/l-affaire-barroso-rebondit-a-bruxelles_4996252_3234.html 07.09.2016 CNN (EN): http://www.snappytv.com/tc/2755490 07.09.2016 France TV-Info (FR): http://geopolis.francetvinfo.fr/bureau-bruxelles-france2/2016/09/07/la-commission-sommee-de-sexpliquer-sur-laffaire-barroso.html 07.09.2016 Reuters (EN): http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-ethics-idUSKCN11D2FV 07.09.2016 CNN (EN): http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/07/news/goldman-sachs-barroso-eu-petition/index.html 06.09.2016 Financial Times (EN): https://www.ft.com/content/7ff044e6-7449-11e6-bf48-b372cdb1043a 06.09.2016 The Guardian (EN): https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/sep/06/eu-ethics-watchdog-intervenes-on-jose-manuel-barroso-goldman-job?CMP=twt_gu 06.09.2016 Les Echos (FR): http://www.lesechos.fr/monde/europe/0211262448610-laffaire-barroso-sinvite-a-la-rentree-de-la-commission-europeenne-2025274.php 06.09.2016 The Irish Times (EN): http://www.irishtimes.com/business/work/ombudsman-seeks-clarity-on-barroso-move-to-goldman-sachs-1.2781445?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed 06.09.2016 NRC (NL): https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2016/09/06/eu-ombudsvrouw-eist-opheldering-over-stap-barroso-naar-zakenbank-a1520032 06.09.2016 The Guardian (EN): https://www.theguardian.com/business/nils-pratley-on-finance/2016/sep/06/jose-manuel-barroso-goldman-job-puts-european-commission-in-a-tight-spot?CMP=twt_a-world_b-gdnworld 06.09.2016 La Presse (FR): http://affaires.lapresse.ca/economie/services-financiers/201609/06/01-5017474-barroso-chez-goldman-sachs-lue-veut-des-clarifications.php?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter 06.09.2016 Bloomberg (EN): http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-06/goldman-sachs-brexit-adviser-role-probed-by-eu-ethics-watchdog?utm_content=business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&cmpid%3D=socialflow-twitter-business 06.09.2016 NEW EUROPE (EN): https://www.neweurope.eu/article/russia-declares-levada-pollster-foreign-agent/ 06.09.2016 POLITICO (EN): http://www.politico.eu/pro/eu-watchdog-demands-answers-on-goldman-barroso-hire/ 01.09.2016 L'OBS (FR): http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/en-direct/a-chaud/27229-ue-barroso-barroso-goldman-sachs-petition-employes.html 30.08.2016 Financial Times (EN): https://www.ft.com/content/de5f7b0c-6df3-11e6-9ac1-1055824ca907 30.08.2016 Financial Times Radio (EN) - start at 8'18'' http://podcast.ft.com/2016/08/30/cbi-on-brexit-barrosos-goldman-job-and-fed-policy-options/ 30.08.2016 CNBC (video - EN): http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/30/ex-eu-leader-under-fire-for-taking-goldman-sachs-job.html 30.08.2016 Huffingtonpost and Euronews (video - EN): http://shows.huffingtonpost.com/video/barroso-goldman-sachs-pension-protest-petition-grows-57c5ae861c689948191748d1?context=PC:tech:PL6781:1463438174585 30.08.2016 Euronews (video - FR): http://fr.euronews.com/2016/08/30/barroso-chez-goldman-sachs-une-petition-reclame-des-sanctions 30.08.2016 Euronews (video - DE): http://www.aol.de/video/fast-80-000-gegen-goldman-sachs-banker-barroso-57c5e2f01c6899481917def5/ 30.08.2016 Handelsblatt (DE): http://www.handelsblatt.com/unternehmen/banken-versicherungen/goldman-sachs-und-jose-manuel-barroso-nicht-in-unserem-namen/14473668.html 30.08.2016 The Guardian (EN): http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/29/eu-staff-petition-attacks-former-ec-president-over-goldman-sachs-job 30.08.2016 The European Post (EN): http://europeanpost.co/petition-against-barrosos-job-at-goldman-sachs-reaches-80000-signatures/ 30.8.2016 La Tribune (FR): http://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/banques-finance/banque/barroso-chez-goldman-sachs-une-petition-fait-rebondir-la-polemique-595180.html 30.8.2016 Euractiv (FR): http://www.euractiv.fr/section/justice-affaires-interieures/news/barroso-chez-goldman-sachs-une-petition-fait-rebondir-la-polemique/ 30.08.2016 Corriere Della Sera (IT) http://www.corriere.it/notizie-ultima-ora/Economia/Goldman-Sachs-petizione-Change-org-nomina-Barroso-raccolte-76mila-firme/30-08-2016/1-A_031564124.shtml 30.08.2016 La Repubblica (IT) http://ricerca.repubblica.it/repubblica/archivio/repubblica/2016/09/01/proteste-contro-barroso-restituisca-bonus22.html?ref=search 30.08.2016 City AM (EN): http://www.cityam.com/248440/petition-piles-pressure-barroso-goldman-sachs-job-reaches 30.08.2016 ZAP (PT): http://zap.aeiou.pt/peticao-para-tirar-reforma-a-durao-barroso-ja-tem-76-mil-assinaturas-127567 30.08.2016 El Confidencial (ES): http://www.elconfidencial.com/economia/2016-08-30/durao-barroso-goldman-sachs-peticion-perder-pension-ue_1252855/ 29.08.2016 Expansion (ES): http://www.expansion.com/agencia/europa_press/2016/08/29/20160829174439.html 29.08.2016 Dinheirovivo Bibo (PT):  https://www.dinheirovivo.pt/economia/trabalhadores-da-ue-pedem-medidas-duras-e-exemplares-contra-barroso/ 29.08.2016 Nogocios (PT): http://www.jornaldenegocios.pt/economia/europa/uniao_europeia/detalhe/76000_pedem_que_durao_barroso_perca_reforma_da_comissao.html 30.08.2016 Algarve Daily news (EN):  http://algarvedailynews.com/news/9693-barroso-should-lose-pension-for-bringing-eu-into-disrepute-2 11.08.2016De Standaard (NL): http://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20160810_02420076 07.08.2016 Médiapart (FR): https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/070816/comment-sanctionner-barroso-apres-son-embauche-goldman-sachs 06.08.2016 Euronews (EN) http://www.euronews.com/2016/08/06/thousands-call-on-eu-chiefs-to-act-over-barroso-controversy 15.07.2016 La Libre (FR): http://www.lalibre.be/debats/opinions/comment-empecher-barroso-de-devenir-lobbyiste-5787c76935705dcbd6ff4be9 19.07.2016 Stand Up For Europe (EN): http://www.standupforuseurope.eu/c-p-j-m-barroso-chez-goldman-sachs/ 13.07.2016 Libération (FR): http://bruxelles.blogs.liberation.fr/2016/07/13/barroso-pris-la-main-dans-le-sachs/

EU employees
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Petitioning European Commission, Council of the European Union, Donald Tusk, Martin Schulz, Jean-Claude Juncker

Save the European Union

We are born in Europe and we are the Erasmus Generation: we have never been asked for ID while crossing a border and we are used to choose where to study, work and live without questions. This is no dream to us: this is reality, the only reality we are aware of. Europe is home to us, the only Home we ever had and we won't allow anybody to take it away from us like it happened in the UK. We don't belong to any political party, we are young Europeans that decided to stand up as we are tired of the inactivity of our European Representatives while Our Country is falling apart one piece after the other: we are the only Future Europe has and from now on, we pretend to be listened. We call upon the EU leadership (namely Mr. Juncker, Mr. Schulz, Mr. Tusk) to develop before the end of 2016 an action plan defining milestones to be accepted by every national government in order to transform without further delays this broken union into the United States of Europe. We ‎ask anybody who sees Europe as Home to share this message everywhere, to sign the petition and to immediately take action as we are responsible for our own Future. Post this message & petition link on your FB, Instagram, Twitter, every other social media and tag your friends while asking them to do the same. Get in touch with any politician, MP, journalist, lobbyist, radio/tv/press/social media influencer you or your friends know and promote the petition and the initiatives of the Erasmus Generation. Erasmus Generation for the United States of Europe, our Future is in our Hands! For info: erasmus.generation.eu@gmail.com #erasmusgeneration #standupforeurope #savetheeuropeanunion #signtheEUpetition

Davide Cirelli
482 supporters
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Petitioning Mogens Lykketoft, Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, anthony lake, Donald Tusk, Jeppe Tranholm-Mikkelsen, Martin Schulz, Idriss Déby, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Roger Nkodo Dang, John Kerry, barack obama, Vlad...

Le génocide à l'est du Congo: jusqu'à quand?

Nous accusons l'ONU au Congo et la communauté Internationale de complicité au Génocide qui se font chaque jours sur le territoire de Beni devant la position de casques bleus Népalais de la Monusco à Eringeti: Massacres,viols des femmes et bébés,enlevements,égorgements dont sont victimes la population à l'Est de la République dite Démocratique du Congo.

Patrick LIKONZAILAKA LIKALA
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Petitioning Barack Obama, François Hollande, Angela Merkel, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), John Kerry, Paul Ryan, Jean-Claude Juncker, Manuel Valls, Theresa May MP, Harry Reid, Samantha...

Help to bring peace to the Congo

Dear World Leaders, The time has come to materialize your commitment to bringing peace back to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It is undeniable your efforts have helped improved the security situation in the Congo, particularly in the Eastern region of the country. However, it is important to remind you that the recurrent crisis in the DRC has cost an estimated five million lives. It is reported that from 1997 to the present more than five million people have died and millions of families have been torn apart because of the situation you all know. This petition aims to remind you of your commitments and responsibilities to the people of the Congo. The Congolese people would like you to demonstrate the same support that you have demonstrated in other regions of the world (e.g. Syria and Libya) in order to maintain peace and promote human rights and democracy. Indeed, the world has witnessed both your diplomatic and military efforts to restore democracy and peace in these countries. However, it seems like you choose to ignore the ongoing crisis in the Congo time and time again for unknown reasons. One believes that the Congo needs your full commitment and engagement like all other unstable regions of the World. As World Leaders you have the responsibility to equally grant attention to all regions in need of your assistance. Otherwise, should the world become a lawless place? Taking into consideration the above, one believes that the President of the Congo, Mr. Joseph Kabila is part of the problem in the ongoing crisis. Therefore, Mr. Kabila cannot be a part of the solution to maintain or improve peace, stability and democracy in the Congo. Mr. Kabila and his entourage have demonstrated several times their reluctance to organize the presidential election on time (27 November, 2016) as required by the Congolese’s constitution by using several political mechanisms that you all well-know. Maybe the fact that Mr. Kabila possesses an estimated net worth of 15 billion US Dollar (USD) in his offshore bank accounts has become an incentive to try to stay in power by any means. In contrast, should one remind you that millions of Congolese families cannot even afford one meal a day? Currently the Congo ranks low in the International Human Development Indicators (IHDI), the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), the Fragile States Index (FSI) and it has been described as the rape capital of the world by human right leaders. This is just a short list of facts to remind you that Mr. Kabila has done little to improve quality of life of Congolese people during his 15 years’ tenure of power. Therefore, it is reasonable enough to recognize that Mr. Kabila cannot be a part of the solution to resolve the ongoing crisis in the Congo. Subsequently, all supporters of this petition demand that World Leaders (International Community) remove Mr. Kabila from the equation in order to organize the presidential election, promote democracy and bring peace back to the Congo. If there is any need for the Congo to go through a political transition, Mr. Kabila should not be the person to lead that transition. Finally, this petition invites you to consider alternative solutions to dealing with the current institutional crises in the Congo by using a few weeks’ voter registration process. Indeed, it is possible to successfully organize elections by registering voters only a few weeks before the elections using the same workforce and equipment put in place to facilitate the casting of votes. With your support there is still time to organize a presidential election in the Congo following the approach above. Please consider your responsibility to the issues raised in this petition and help the Congolese people to bring peace to their home again.   Very respectfully, The Congolese Community of Baltimore   Chers Dirigeants du Monde, Le temps est venu de matérialiser vos engagements pour ramener la paix en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC). Il est irréfutable que vos efforts ont quand même améliorés la situation sécuritaire au Congo, plus particulièrement dans la partie Est du Pays. Cependant, Il est important de vous rappeler que la crise actuelle au Congo a couté la vie à plus de cinq millions de personnes. En effet, depuis 1997 jusqu’à ce jour plus de cinq millions personnes sont déjà mortes et plusieurs milliers de familles congolaises ont été séparés par la crise que vous connaissez bien. Cette pétition a l’objectif de vous rappeler vos engagements et responsabilités envers le peuple Congolais. Les Congolais aimeraient que vous démontrer le même soutien que vous aviez démontré dans la gestion des crises dans d’autre régions du monde (par exemple en Syrie et en Lybie). En effet, le monde a été témoin de vos efforts militaires et diplomatiques pour restaurer la paix et la démocratie dans ces pays. Cependant, il semblerait par moment que vous choisissez d’ignorer la crise que traverse le Congo, pour des raisons qui nous sont inconnues. On croit que le Congo mérite tout votre engagement et une mobilisation sans faille comme toutes les autres zones instables du monde. En tant que Dirigeants du Monde, vous avez le devoir d’accorder votre attention aux régions qui ont besoin de votre assistance et cela de manière équitable. Le cas contraire, nous pousserai à nous poser la question de savoir si le monde est devenu une planète sans foi ni loi ? En tenant compte des remarques qui précèdent, on croit que le Président du Congo, Joseph Kabila est en partie responsable de la crise actuelle que travers le Congo. Par conséquent, il ne peut pas être inclus dans la résolution de cette crise, ni dans le rétablissement de la paix, la stabilité et la démocratie au Congo.  En effet, en utilisant les manœuvres politiques que vous connaissaient bien, Mr. Kabila et son entourage ont démontrés à de multiples reprises leurs réticences à organiser l’élection présidentiel à temps (27 Novembre 2016) comme prévu par la constitution Congolaise.  Peut-être le fait que Mr. Kabila possède à peu près 15 milliards de dollars américains dans ses comptes des paradis fiscaux est devenu une source de motivation pour essayer de s’accrocher au pouvoir par tous les moyens ? En revanche, faut-il vous rappeler qu’il y a des millions de Congolais qui n’ont pas les moyens de se nourrir ne serait-ce qu’une fois par jour ? Actuellement le Congo s’est placé au plus bas de la liste de l'Indice de Développement Humain (IDH), de l’Indice de Perception de la Corruption (CPI), Index des Pays Fragiles (IPF) et il est aussi décrit comme capitale mondiale du viol par les dirigeants des organisations humanitaires. Ceci représente seulement un échantillon de faits pour vous rappeler que Mr. Kabila a peu fait pour améliorer la qualité vie des Congolais durant les 15 années de pouvoir qu’il totalise.  Par conséquent, il est raisonnable de reconnaitre que Mr. Kabila ne peut pas faire partir de la solution pour résoudre la crise au Congo. C’est pourquoi tous les supporters de cette pétition demandent que les Dirigeants du Monde (la Communauté Internationale) retirent Mr. Kabila de l’équation qui doit mener à l’organisation de l’élection présidentiel, à la promotion de la démocratie et à restauration de la paix au Congo. S’il y a nécessité que le Congo organise une transition politique, Mr. Kabila ne doit pas être la personne qui va diriger le pays pendant cette transition. Finalement, cette pétition vous invite à considérer des solutions alternatives pour résoudre la crise institutionnelle actuelle en proposant un processus de registration des électeurs en quelque semaines. En effet, il est possible d’organiser des élections crédibles en enregistrant les électeurs quelques semaines avant la tenue des élections en utilisant le même personnel et matériel mit en place pour faciliter l’enregistrement des votes. Avec votre soutien et cette stratégie, il est possible d’organiser l’élection présidentiel à temps S’il vous plaît, veuillez considérer votre responsabilité afin de répondre aux demandes mentionnées dans cette pétition afin d’aider le peuple Congolais à restaurer la paix dans leurs maisons.   Nous vous prions de croire, Mesdames/Messieurs les Dirigeants du Monde, en l'assurance de nos considérations distinguées. La Communauté Congolaise de Baltimore   Références : 1.       Over 5.4 million dead. Over 2 million displaced. Congo is home to the deadliest conflict since World War II: http://www.enoughproject.org/conflicts/eastern_congo  2.       DR Congo president unlikely to give up power: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35072001 3.       Anti-government march turns violent in Congo capital, 17 dead: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-congo-politics-idUSKCN11P0R6?il=0 4.       Joseph Kabila : un dictateur qui vaut 15 milliards de dollars : http://www.huffingtonpost.fr/hakim-arif/joseph-kabila-un-dictateur-qui-vaut-15-milliards-de-dollars_b_5751034.html  5.       International Human Development Indicators: http://hdr.undp.org/en/countries 6.       Corruption Perceptions Index 2015 : http://www.transparency.org/cpi2015 8.       Fragile States Index 2016 : http://fsi.fundforpeace.org/    

The Congolese Community of Baltimore
228 supporters
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Petitioning Barack Obama, François Hollande, Angela Merkel, Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations), John Kerry, Paul Ryan, Jean-Claude Juncker, Manuel Valls, Theresa May MP, Harry Reid, Samantha...

Help to bring peace to the Congo

Dear World Leaders, The time has come to materialize your commitment to bringing peace back to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It is undeniable your efforts have helped improved the security situation in the Congo, particularly in the Eastern region of the country. However, it is important to remind you that the recurrent crisis in the DRC has cost an estimated five million lives. It is reported that from 1997 to the present more than five million people have died and millions of families have been torn apart because of the situation you all know. This petition aims to remind you of your commitments and responsibilities to the people of the Congo. The Congolese people would like you to demonstrate the same support that you have demonstrated in other regions of the world (e.g. Syria and Libya) in order to maintain peace and promote human rights and democracy. Indeed, the world has witnessed both your diplomatic and military efforts to restore democracy and peace in these countries. However, it seems like you choose to ignore the ongoing crisis in the Congo time and time again for unknown reasons. One believes that the Congo needs your full commitment and engagement like all other unstable regions of the World. As World Leaders you have the responsibility to equally grant attention to all regions in need of your assistance. Otherwise, should the world become a lawless place? Taking into consideration the above, one believes that the President of the Congo, Mr. Joseph Kabila is part of the problem in the ongoing crisis. Therefore, Mr. Kabila cannot be a part of the solution to maintain or improve peace, stability and democracy in the Congo. Mr. Kabila and his entourage have demonstrated several times their reluctance to organize the presidential election on time (27 November, 2016) as required by the Congolese’s constitution by using several political mechanisms that you all well-know. Maybe the fact that Mr. Kabila possesses an estimated net worth of 15 billion US Dollar (USD) in his offshore bank accounts has become an incentive to try to stay in power by any means. In contrast, should one remind you that millions of Congolese families cannot even afford one meal a day? Currently the Congo ranks low in the International Human Development Indicators (IHDI), the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), the Fragile States Index (FSI) and it has been described as the rape capital of the world by human right leaders. This is just a short list of facts to remind you that Mr. Kabila has done little to improve quality of life of Congolese people during his 15 years’ tenure of power. Therefore, it is reasonable enough to recognize that Mr. Kabila cannot be a part of the solution to resolve the ongoing crisis in the Congo. Subsequently, all supporters of this petition demand that World Leaders (International Community) remove Mr. Kabila from the equation in order to organize the presidential election, promote democracy and bring peace back to the Congo. If there is any need for the Congo to go through a political transition, Mr. Kabila should not be the person to lead that transition. Finally, this petition invites you to consider alternative solutions to dealing with the current institutional crises in the Congo by using a few weeks’ voter registration process. Indeed, it is possible to successfully organize elections by registering voters only a few weeks before the elections using the same workforce and equipment put in place to facilitate the casting of votes. With your support there is still time to organize a presidential election in the Congo following the approach above. Please consider your responsibility to the issues raised in this petition and help the Congolese people to bring peace to their home again.   Very respectfully, The Congolese Community of Baltimore   Chers Dirigeants du Monde, Le temps est venu de matérialiser vos engagements pour ramener la paix en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC). Il est irréfutable que vos efforts ont quand même améliorés la situation sécuritaire au Congo, plus particulièrement dans la partie Est du Pays. Cependant, Il est important de vous rappeler que la crise actuelle au Congo a couté la vie à plus de cinq millions de personnes. En effet, depuis 1997 jusqu’à ce jour plus de cinq millions personnes sont déjà mortes et plusieurs milliers de familles congolaises ont été séparés par la crise que vous connaissez bien. Cette pétition a l’objectif de vous rappeler vos engagements et responsabilités envers le peuple Congolais. Les Congolais aimeraient que vous démontrer le même soutien que vous aviez démontré dans la gestion des crises dans d’autre régions du monde (par exemple en Syrie et en Lybie). En effet, le monde a été témoin de vos efforts militaires et diplomatiques pour restaurer la paix et la démocratie dans ces pays. Cependant, il semblerait par moment que vous choisissez d’ignorer la crise que traverse le Congo, pour des raisons qui nous sont inconnues. On croit que le Congo mérite tout votre engagement et une mobilisation sans faille comme toutes les autres zones instables du monde. En tant que Dirigeants du Monde, vous avez le devoir d’accorder votre attention aux régions qui ont besoin de votre assistance et cela de manière équitable. Le cas contraire, nous pousserai à nous poser la question de savoir si le monde est devenu une planète sans foi ni loi ? En tenant compte des remarques qui précèdent, on croit que le Président du Congo, Joseph Kabila est en partie responsable de la crise actuelle que travers le Congo. Par conséquent, il ne peut pas être inclus dans la résolution de cette crise, ni dans le rétablissement de la paix, la stabilité et la démocratie au Congo.  En effet, en utilisant les manœuvres politiques que vous connaissaient bien, Mr. Kabila et son entourage ont démontrés à de multiples reprises leurs réticences à organiser l’élection présidentiel à temps (27 Novembre 2016) comme prévu par la constitution Congolaise.  Peut-être le fait que Mr. Kabila possède à peu près 15 milliards de dollars américains dans ses comptes des paradis fiscaux est devenu une source de motivation pour essayer de s’accrocher au pouvoir par tous les moyens ? En revanche, faut-il vous rappeler qu’il y a des millions de Congolais qui n’ont pas les moyens de se nourrir ne serait-ce qu’une fois par jour ? Actuellement le Congo s’est placé au plus bas de la liste de l'Indice de Développement Humain (IDH), de l’Indice de Perception de la Corruption (CPI), Index des Pays Fragiles (IPF) et il est aussi décrit comme capitale mondiale du viol par les dirigeants des organisations humanitaires. Ceci représente seulement un échantillon de faits pour vous rappeler que Mr. Kabila a peu fait pour améliorer la qualité vie des Congolais durant les 15 années de pouvoir qu’il totalise.  Par conséquent, il est raisonnable de reconnaitre que Mr. Kabila ne peut pas faire partir de la solution pour résoudre la crise au Congo. C’est pourquoi tous les supporters de cette pétition demandent que les Dirigeants du Monde (la Communauté Internationale) retirent Mr. Kabila de l’équation qui doit mener à l’organisation de l’élection présidentiel, à la promotion de la démocratie et à restauration de la paix au Congo. S’il y a nécessité que le Congo organise une transition politique, Mr. Kabila ne doit pas être la personne qui va diriger le pays pendant cette transition. Finalement, cette pétition vous invite à considérer des solutions alternatives pour résoudre la crise institutionnelle actuelle en proposant un processus de registration des électeurs en quelque semaines. En effet, il est possible d’organiser des élections crédibles en enregistrant les électeurs quelques semaines avant la tenue des élections en utilisant le même personnel et matériel mit en place pour faciliter l’enregistrement des votes. Avec votre soutien et cette stratégie, il est possible d’organiser l’élection présidentiel à temps S’il vous plaît, veuillez considérer votre responsabilité afin de répondre aux demandes mentionnées dans cette pétition afin d’aider le peuple Congolais à restaurer la paix dans leurs maisons.   Nous vous prions de croire, Mesdames/Messieurs les Dirigeants du Monde, en l'assurance de nos considérations distinguées. La Communauté Congolaise de Baltimore   Références : 1.       Over 5.4 million dead. Over 2 million displaced. Congo is home to the deadliest conflict since World War II: http://www.enoughproject.org/conflicts/eastern_congo  2.       DR Congo president unlikely to give up power: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35072001 3.       Anti-government march turns violent in Congo capital, 17 dead: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-congo-politics-idUSKCN11P0R6?il=0 4.       Joseph Kabila : un dictateur qui vaut 15 milliards de dollars : http://www.huffingtonpost.fr/hakim-arif/joseph-kabila-un-dictateur-qui-vaut-15-milliards-de-dollars_b_5751034.html  5.       International Human Development Indicators: http://hdr.undp.org/en/countries 6.       Corruption Perceptions Index 2015 : http://www.transparency.org/cpi2015 8.       Fragile States Index 2016 : http://fsi.fundforpeace.org/    

The Congolese Community of Baltimore
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Petitioning Nils Muižnieks, Martin Schulz

REFUGEES EMERGENCY / EMERGENCIA REFUGIADOS

REFUGEES wherever, they come from, are an EMERGENCY. They cannot be treated as an everyday standard. We, citizens of Europe, REQUIRE an IMMEDIATE Solution for the more than a MILION people asking for REFUGE and SHELTER. We, European citizens, ask to command the forces and resources to EMBRACE their needs, either gather their families or friends if they have, or giving them a place to start or stay. There are THOUSANDS of LITTLE TOWNS abandoned in Europe that could be repopulate, towns that are claiming for families with kids to ensure they can keep a school, for exemple...The UE, has the budget to give transportation & food until final destination. Destinations can be just decided by the UE as a percentage of their population. We also REQUIRE, to ENTAIL Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to organize a SECURE Transportation to all people trying to avoid war by crossing Turkey to Greece.

Silviamc Menéndez-Cahué
97 supporters
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Petitioning Nils Muižnieks, Martin Schulz

REFUGEES EMERGENCY / EMERGENCIA REFUGIADOS

REFUGEES wherever, they come from, are an EMERGENCY. They cannot be treated as an everyday standard. We, citizens of Europe, REQUIRE an IMMEDIATE Solution for the more than a MILION people asking for REFUGE and SHELTER. We, European citizens, ask to command the forces and resources to EMBRACE their needs, either gather their families or friends if they have, or giving them a place to start or stay. There are THOUSANDS of LITTLE TOWNS abandoned in Europe that could be repopulate, towns that are claiming for families with kids to ensure they can keep a school, for exemple...The UE, has the budget to give transportation & food until final destination. Destinations can be just decided by the UE as a percentage of their population. We also REQUIRE, to ENTAIL Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to organize a SECURE Transportation to all people trying to avoid war by crossing Turkey to Greece.

Silviamc Menéndez-Cahué
97 supporters