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economic justice

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Petition to Ursula von der Leyen

Call for an European plan for the development of the ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY

We ask to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen for a major plan for the development of cooperatives and their capitalization. There must be economic democracy and political democracy at the same time, otherwise there is no democracy. According to some of the most important international institutions, the cooperative form of business is the one that can contribute most to direct economic and social development towards the goal of sustainability and respect for human rights. The European Union, founded and governed by political forces in whose DNA is grafted the constitution and development of the democratic enterprise, at what point is it compared to the practical implementation of the promotion of cooperation? The policies for the development of the cooperative enterprise have up to now been, to varying degrees, the prerogative of the individual European states, even if their rules in general respect the cooperative values and principles set out in the "Declaration on international cooperative identity" (adopted in 1995 by the International Cooperative Alliance, supported by a United Nations resolution and taken up in a recommendation from the International Labor Organization [1]). Specifically, a varied picture is presented, also with regard to fundamental aspects such as taxation, the destination of the wealth produced, public instruments for development and promotion. Within the European Union, the only legislation on the matter was that concerning the "European cooperative society", which intended to create a homogeneous legal framework within which to give the possibility of developing cooperatives recognized throughout the European territory [2 ]. To date, however, this does not seem to have obtained satisfactory practical feedback. For the rest, the EU, throughout its history, has dealt with cooperative companies with sporadic and generic communications from the European Commission to the European Parliament regarding promotion [3]. In a 2004 communication, the actions on which the Commission undertook concerned the evaluation of support for the policies of cooperative organizations and Member States for raising awareness of the potential of the cooperative form, the possibility of organizing exchanges of information and experiences, the development of techniques for data collection and analysis, the adoption of measures for the participation of cooperatives in training and learning programs, the evaluation of the possibility of including a specific reference to cooperatives in the financial instruments managed by the European Investment Fund, the care for full access by cooperatives to Community calls, to in-depth analysis with the Member States of the implementation of the rules on the SCE. In the 2011 communication, however, the Commission takes a more specific orientation, inserting the type of cooperative enterprise in the broader case of the "social enterprise" understood as an enterprise for which: the social or socio-cultural objective of common interest is raison d'être of the commercial action, the profits are mainly reinvested in the realization of this social objective, the organization modalities or the ownership system reflect the mission as they are based on democratic or participatory principles or social justice. As regards the more concrete actions, from this perspective, the commitment is aimed at creating a European regulatory framework for solidarity investment funds, the creation of a European financial instrument of 90 million euros, an investment priority " social enterprises "of the ERDF and ESF regulations, identify good practices and reproducible models and strengthen exchanges of information, simplify the regulation of the SCE, in the reform of public procurement enhance the quality in the award of contracts and evaluate how to take into account working conditions of people. The contribution of the Intergroup on Social Economy of the European Parliament [4] comes along this line in 2017, where the priorities identified are the construction of a European regulatory framework, strengthening its visibility, creating a system suitable for the development of the social economy through support for access to finance and full operations in the Single Market, create support services for start-ups and digital strengthening. An interesting contribution in identifying possible European policy lines for the development of cooperation was presented as a report following the General Assembly of Cooperatives Europe in April 2015 [5], the result of the joint work of the Commission Services and Cooperatives Europe. Summary document that focuses attention on the need to give impetus to the strengthening and mapping of the cooperative culture in the school and university curricula of the Member States, on the need to ensure the access of cooperatives to existing European funding programs and mechanisms, as well as the development of legislation that favors the development of non-bank financial intermediaries dedicated to cooperation, the involvement of the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund, insist that all national cooperative organizations can develop dedicated and funded funds by profits of cooperatives such as in France, Italy or Spain, act so that local authorities promote support and consultancy services for the creation of cooperatives in all territories. In light of the above and considering the importance of the cooperative form in the quality of civil and economic development, demonstrated by the many analyzes carried out on the communities and territories where it has developed [6], the practical activity of the European Union in promoting cooperation ended in some good mission statements and some analysis. Far too little for a continent that intends to be at the forefront of the world in promoting sustainable development and human rights.  [1] Resolution 56/114 approved at the 88th plenary session of the United Nations General Assembly on December 19, 2001, recommendation 193 on the promotion of cooperatives of the 90th session of the International Labor Conference on June 20, 2002. [2] Council Regulation (EC) 1435/2003, of 22 July 2003, relating to the statute of the European cooperative society; Council Directive 2003/72 / EC of 22 July 2003, which specifies the involvement of workers in the statute of the European cooperative society. [3] Brussels, 23.2.2004 COM (2004) 18; Brussels, 25.10.2011 COM (2011) 682. [4] The future of EU policies for the social economy: towards a european action plan. EEA, 24/10/2017. [5] “Fostering cooperatives' potential to generate smart growth and jobs”. [6] The Emilian Model - Profile of a Cooperative Economy, John Restakis, 2007.

Stefano Patrizi
27 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel

Noi crediamo nell'Europa! Richiesta attivazione "coronabond". We believe in Europe!

Noi crediamo nell’Europa Il coronabond è uno strumento che se approvato dalla Commissione Europea consentirebbe agli Stati membri di finanziare le spese straordinarie necessarie per la lotta contro il Coronavirus e necessarie per tutti i sistemi sanitari degli stati membri per l’acquisto di dispositivi medici, per fronteggiare la crisi delle imprese e sostenere le famiglie. Come ha detto il nostro Presidente del Consiglio Giuseppe Conte in un’intervista al Financial Times pochi giorni fa “La strada da seguire è aprire le linee di credito del Mes (il fondo europeo salva-stati) a tutti gli stati membri per aiutarli a combattere le conseguenze dell’epidemia Covid-19”. Ad oggi, 27 marzo 2020, alcuni governi europei quali Germania, Austria ed alcuni paesi del Nord Europa ostacolano questa proposta e prospettano meccanismi di protezione personalizzati in relazione al debito pubblico di ciascun paese penalizzando fortemente, in questo modo, paesi come l’Italia, la Spagna e la Francia. In particolare, Italia e Spagna sono duramente colpite dall’epidemia. Per questi motivi, chiediamo quindi alla Presidente della Commissione Europea Ursula von der Leyen ed al presidente del consiglio europeo Charles Michel di proporre lo strumento dei titoli comuni della zona euro, coronabond, il prima possibile senza ulteriori esitazioni. Questa petizione è rivolta a tutti i cittadini europei.Perfavore diffondete il più possibile, abbiamo soltanto due settimane di tempo: http://chng.it/2y7fBG4f Un caro saluto Mattia Barsanti English text: We believe in Europe Coronabond is an econimic tool that, if approved by the European Commission, would allow Member States to finance the extraordinary expenses necessary for the fight against Coronavirus and necessary for all the health systems of the member states for the purchase of medical devices, to fight the economic crisis and supporting European families. As the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in an interview with the Financial Times a few days ago “The way forward is to open the credit lines of the Mes (the European state-saving fund) to all member states to help them fight the consequences of the Covid-19 epidemic”. To date, March 27, 2020, some European governments such as Germany, Austria and some northern European countries hinder this application and propose customized protection mechanisms in relation to the public debt of each country, thus strongly penalizing countries such as Italy, Spain and France. In particular, Italy and Spain are severely affected by the Covid-19 epidemic. For these reasons, we therefore ask the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and the President of the European Council Charles Michel to propose the instrument of the common bonds of the euro zone, coronabond, as soon as possible without further hesitation. This petition is addressed to all European citizens. If you agree, llease spread this petition as much as possible, we only have two weeks: http://chng.it/2y7fBG4f Best wishes, Mattia Barsanti Deutscher Text: Wir glauben an Europa Die Corona-bonds sind ein Instrument, welches, wenn genehmigt von der EU-Kommission, es den Mitgliedsstaaten ermöglichen würde, die außergewöhnliche Kosten zur Bekämpfung des Coronavirus zu tragen. Es würde ermöglichen die notwenigen Investitionen im Gesundheitswesen zu tätigen und der Wirtschaftskrise entgegenzuwirken. Wie der italienische Premierminister Conte in einem Interview am Financial Times sagte: „Der Weg nach vorne ist es, Krediten der MES (European state-saving fund) für alle Mitgliedsstaaten zur Unterstützung der Maßnahmen gegen die Covid-19 Pandemie zu öffnen“. Bis zum heutigen Tag, 27. März 2020, verhindern bestimmte Regierungen, wie die in Deutschland, Österreich und ein paar anderer nordeuropäische Staaten diese Lösung. Sie schlagen spezifische Schutzmechanismen in Beziehung zu den Schulden der einzelnen Länder. Dies benachteiligt Länder wie Italien, Spanien oder Frankreich. Viele von diesen sind auch besonders stark von der Pandemie betroffen. Aus diesen Gründen bitten wir die Kommissionspräsidentin Ursula von der Leyen und der Eurogruppepräsident Charles Michel ein Instrument vorzuschlagen, welches die Sicherheit der Eurozone gewährleisten kann. Wir bitten also Coronabonds so schnell wie möglich, ohne weitere Verzögerungen, einzuführen. Diese Petition richtet sich an alle EU-Bürgern. Wir haben nur 2 Wochen. Wenn Sie einverstanden sind, unterschreiben sie bitte diese Petition und verbreiten Sie die Petition unter den Link http://chng.it/2y7fBG4f Mit besten Grüßen Mattia Barsanti Texte français: Nous croyons en l'Europe! Le Coronabond c’est l’instrument qui, avec l’approbation la Commission Européenne, permettrait de financer les dépenses extraordinaires nécessaires pour combattre le Coronavirus et indispensables à tous les systèmes sanitaires des États membres pour acquérir les dispositifs des médecins, pour lutter contre la crise de entreprises industrielles et aider les familles. Récemment le Président du Conseil, dans une interview au Financial Times, Giuseppe Conte l'a déclaré accordée au Financial Times, a dit: «Le chemine à suivre est ouvrir les crédits commerciaux dans le Mes (le fond européen états-sauves) à tous les États membres pour les aider dans la lutte contre le conséquences de l'épidémie de Covid-19 ». Jusqu’à à ce jour, le 27 mars 2020, quelques gouvernements Européens l'Allemagne, l'Autriche et quelques pays du Nord Europe s’opposent a cette proposition et ils proposent des mécanismes de protection spécifiques en relation à la dette publique de chaque pays. De cette façon, l’Italie, ainsi que l’Espagne et la France son très désavantageuses parce que elles sont dans le tourbillon de l’épidémie. Les motifs dominants de cette pétition sont la requête à la Présidente de la Commission Européenne Ursula von der Leyen et au président du Conseil Européen Charles Michel de proposer l’acte des titres communs dans la bond-euro, Coronabond, au plus vite, sans hésitation. Cette pétition est adresse à tous les citoyens Européens, nous avons seulement deux semaines: http://chng.it/2y7fBG4f Si tu es convaincu de cette pétition, signe-la et partage-la avec tout le Europe. Merci et salut. Mattia Barsanti

Mattia Barsanti
11,537 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to HMRC, UK Parliament

Sick pay, rent freeze & help for self-employed workers who can’t work due to coronavirus

People in employment contracts will receive sick pay for staying home during coronavirus, and many people will be able to work from home. They will keep receiving a salary. Most self-employed people instead (including drivers, artists, small shop owners, etc.) will simply see their workflow brought to naught and will stop earning money.  Therefore being unable to pay rent and provide for themselves for we don’t know how long yet. They may need to self-isolate for prevention or because they will be forced to, and events, flights, courses will be cancelled so even when their self-isolation is over, they will still be unable to earn money until life is back to normal, which may take weeks.  We ask sick pay for those self-employed people who have to / decide to self isolate due to covid19 prevention measures; and some benefit contributions for those workers that, even without or after self-isolating, will still be unable to earn money due to most customers still not booking courses, rides, going out and shopping etc.; we also ask for any mortgage and rent payment to be suspended during this difficult time; finally, we ask that any travel and accommodation booked for work reasons be reimbursed. Most of there measures have already been activated in other countries such as Italy. The self-employed industry is a big chunk of the UK market and as such helping self-employed people means not only acting for human rights but also mitigating the damage to the whole country’s economy. 

Alexander Ananasso
1,398 supporters