Several pressing global issues highlight the urgency of finding a way forward. These global challenges are indicative of three core sets of problems we face - those concerned with sharing our planet (Global warming, biodiversity and ecosystem losses, water deficits); sustaining our life-chances (poverty, conflict prevention, global infectious diseases); and managing our rulebooks (nuclear proliferation, toxic waste disposal, intellectual property rights, genetic research rules, trade rules, finance and tax rules).
On 15th May 2013, the 9th roundtable of the Next Left Economic Circle was organized by the Global Progressive Forum and the FEPS. The meeting was co-chaired by Antolín Sánchez Presedo MEP and Professor Stephany Griffith Jones. The two guest economists were LordJohn Leonard Eatwell and Professor Jonathan Portes.
Commissioner Andor and FEPS would like to invite you to an evening discussion which they organise on 7 March at 18:00 – 20:00 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the New Deal and reflect on its relevance for a European recovery strategy today. The event will take place in Hotel Stanhope, Rue du Commerce 9, Brussels, and will start with speeches by Professor J K Galbraith and Commissioner Andor.
The letter of invitation in attached.
The 7th Roundtable of the Next Left Economic Circle was held on 26 February 2013 from 12.30 to 14.30 in the European Parliament. Richard Murphy, one of founders and key figures of the Tax Justice Network.
There are currently 21 Trillion dollars of assets in Tax Havens and 1 Trillion Euros lost by Europe in Tax fraud and tax avoidance. We have to commit that everybody will pay for its fair share. We won the argument, he said, but we need to win the action now.
Today, the European Parliament's internal market committee has given its green light to opening negotiations with the Council of Ministers on revising European laws on public procurement and concessions.
Said S&D Group leader Hannes Swoboda:
"Peru must take advantage of EU Trade Agreement to strenghten social rights" says SWOBODA in Lima.
Una delegación de los Socialistas y Demócratas en el Parlamento Europeo se ha reunido hoy con dirigentes políticos y activistas de derechos humanos en Colombia, con el objeto de tener información de primera mano sobre el progreso del país andino en su lucha contra la violencia y por la promoción de los derechos humanos.
Tras reunirse con el presidente Juan Manuel Santos, el presidente del Grupo S&D Hannes Swoboda ha declarado:
A delegation from the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament today held meetings with leading politicians and human rights activists in Colombia, to get a first-hand insight into progress made by the Latin American country on fighting violence and promoting human rights standards.
Today, following a meeting with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos, the president of the S&D Group Hannes Swoboda said:
The Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament welcomed the adoption of the Annual report on human rights in the world. However, they also underlined the need for improved co-operation and co-ordination between the EU and its member states in this area, to strengthen EU human rights policy and to speak with one voice.
S&D Euro MP Jörg Leichtfried commented: