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Two years after the suspension of the highly controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), EU member states and the European Commission are preparing mandates for new trade negotiations with the US. But not much has changed: once again corporate lobby groups roam the corridors of EU negotiators working to set the agenda for the talks, while the European Commission covers over its links with big business.

Two years after the suspension of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), EU member states and the European Commission are preparing mandates for new trade negotiations with the US. Once again corporate lobby groups are working to set the agenda for the talks, while the Commission covers over its links with big business.

More than 60 international, European and national civil society groups call on European decision makers to uphold the Paris Agreement - and not mandate new trade negotiations with the USA. Corporate Europe Observatory is one of the signatories to the open letter to EU trade ministers.

Today, more than 60 international, European and national civil society groups have called on European decision makers to uphold the Paris Agreement and not mandate new trade negotiations with the USA.

Member states play a hugely important role in EU decision-making, but too often they act as middlemen for corporate interests. This new report combines case studies, original research, and analysis to illustrate the depth of the problem - and what you can do about it.

Member states play a hugely important role in EU decision-making, but too often they act as middlemen for corporate interests. This new report combines case studies, original research, and analysis to illustrate the depth of the problem - and what you can do about it.

Le 30 Novembre, BusinessEurope se prépare à son assemblée générale, après sa rencontre annuelle il y a peu à huit-clos avec les commissaires européens. Corporate Europe Observatory et Attac France en profitent pour se pencher sur ce lobby, un des plus influents de Bruxelles.

Le 30 Novembre, BusinessEurope se prépare à son assemblée générale, après sa rencontre annuelle il y a peu à huit-clos avec les commissaires européens. Corporate Europe Observatory et Attac France en profitent pour se pencher sur ce lobby, un des plus influents de Bruxelles.

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As BusinessEurope gets ready for its annual private parley with Commissioners today, Corporate Europe Observatory takes a look at Brussels’ most influential lobbyist (inspired by The Guardian’s Pass notes column).

As BusinessEurope gets ready for its annual private parley with Commissioners today, Corporate Europe Observatory takes a look at Brussels’ most influential lobbyist (inspired by The Guardian’s Pass notes column).

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A new European Commission proposal is set to entrench the dangerous investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system, which foreign investors can use to subvert democratic decision-making. CEO opposes this attempt to establish a global super court for corporations.

The European Commission is set to entrench the dangerous investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) system, which foreign investors can use to subvert democratic decision-making. CEO opposes this attempt to establish a global super court for corporations.

Las multinacionales como Monsanto tienen a su disposición recursos ilimitados de lobby con el que consiguen poder político. No sólo están representados en numerosos grupos de presión a todos los niveles, del local al global, sino que también contratan a un ejército de lobbistas mercenarios, financian a científicos para que hablen en su favor y venden una falsa imagen de responsabilidad medioambiental con campañas de «greenwashing» («lavado de cara» verde).

Las multinacionales como Monsanto tienen a su disposición recursos ilimitados de lobby con el que consiguen poder político. Esta pequeña guía, publicada con motivo del Tribunal Internacional Monsanto en La Haya,  expone algunas de las principales estrategias y herramientas de lobby de Monsanto, ilustradas con ejemplos de distintas partes del mundo.

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Over the past 16 years, residents of the town of Roşia Montană in Romania have fought against a proposed multi-billion dollar mining project, which would have destroyed their home and the surrounding environment. In a remarkable show of people power, they succeeded in stopping the mine. But the project’s majority owner, Canadian company Gabriel Resources, is now using a legal backdoor and suing Romania in an international investment tribunal, potentially demanding billions in taxpayer money as compensation.

Canadian mining company Gabriel Resources is using an investor-state lawsuit to push through its illegal toxic goldmine in the historical Romanian village of Roşia Montană. The claim foreshadows the multi-billion $ claims which could hit EU member states if the EU-Canada trade deal CETA comes into force.

Dozens of farmers groups and civil society organisations from across Europe have signed the Manifesto "Keep the farm TTIP- and CETA-free". What began as a Dutch coalition between pig, poultry and dairy farmers, the organic farming sector, unions and environmental organisations, has now expanded to the European level.

Dozens of farmers groups and civil society organisations from across Europe have signed the Manifesto "Keep the farm TTIP- and CETA-free".

Over 450 public interest groups from across Europe and Canada today published an open letter urging legislators to vote against the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). They joined forces to defend people and planet against the threats posed by the EU-Canada agreement, which still needs to be ratified by the European Parliament. Should EU parliamentarians give the trade deal the green light, ratification votes in EU member states would follow.

Over 450 public interest groups from across Europe and Canada today published an open letter urging legislators to vote against the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). They joined forces to defend people and planet against the threats posed by the EU-Canada agreement.

Preliminary results from the Basic Income experiment in Finland has surfaced. On February 8th it was presented by Olli Kangas, scientific director of the study and Professor of Practice at the University of Turku. The experiment, in which 2000 people on unemployment benefits received an unconditional payout of €560 per month, lasted for two years. […]

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Conference at the University of Freiburg In October 11-12, 2018 about 50 participants from both social sciences and Basic Income movement all over Europe met at an interdisciplinary conference at the University of Freiburg, Germany. They discussed the Euro-Dividend as sociopolitical pillar of the EU and its member countries. The public debate about a Universal […]

The post Euro-Dividend as Sociopolitical Pillar of the EU and its Member States appeared first on UBIE - Unconditional Basic Income Europe.

On Friday the 23rd of November a public conference took place at the Hungarian Institute of Political History in Budapest, hosted by the First Hungarian Unconditional Basic Income Association together with the Progressive Hungary Foundation and bringing together members of the Unconditional Basic Income Europe network.  The primary subject under discussion was how to get Basic Income into the public […]

The post Basic Income and the European Elections 2019 – Interview with Dániel Fehér about the UBIE conference in Budapest appeared first on UBIE - Unconditional Basic Income Europe.

With the European Elections of May 2019 on the horizon, we want to bring together ideas for a new European social contract, that binds countries and citizens in solidarity, while preserving individual freedom and dignity. With the inputs and thoughts of academics, campaigners and active politicians, want to explore how the idea of a universal […]

The post Basic Income in the 2019 European Elections – Conference in Budapest, 23 November, 2018 appeared first on UBIE - Unconditional Basic Income Europe.

A call for Liverpool to be the first English city to test a Universal Basic Income (UBI) was discussed at the City Council meeting 19 September. The motion, calling for Liverpool to pilot UBI ‘under the next Labour Government’ passed easily, although the leader of the Green Party councillors complained that when they had proposed a similar motion last year, it was knocked […]

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From Friday 23th to Sunday 25th November we will discuss the feasibility of starting a new European Citizenship Initiative (ECI). Our aim is to agree upon a proposal subject and to work on the campaign plan. Different proposals for the subject of a new ECI were discussed at our Göteborg meeting in Spring 2018. Due […]

The post Budapest ECI Weekend – 23-25 November 2018 appeared first on UBIE - Unconditional Basic Income Europe.

What should the EU prioritise when responding to the future of work? As Universal Basic Income supporters, we couldn’t have anticipated better turnout at the European Youth Event 2018. On June 1-2 every two years, some 8000 participants rush through the gates of the parliament acting as one demographic conscience. The climate, immigration and the […]

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Learn, discuss and build a European campaign with Unconditional Basic Income Europe! Let us try to understand together the political opportunities and challenges of making basic income a hot topic in the political marketplace of ideas in the European Union. Join us for the first European Summer School of UBIE in Barcelona, 13-16 September 2018! […]

The post Barcelona, here we come! First UBIE Summer School, 13-16 September, 2018 appeared first on UBIE - Unconditional Basic Income Europe.

As the public debate on basic income grows, so too does interest in public opinion on basic income policy. Hence, the Dalia Research surveys on basic income support, the Ipsos Mori Survey (UK) and most recently, the last round of the European Social Survey, have all been launched with the intention of understanding citizen preferences […]

The post Basic income is not left or right, it’s forward appeared first on UBIE - Unconditional Basic Income Europe.

Reflecting on the critical global challenges that we are soon to confront, it is important to consider the repercussions that an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI) for all European citizens would have for entrepreneurship, progress, fairness and sustainability, and to define a realistic, clear and consistent liberal approach. by Vladan LAUSEVIC and Jorge TANARRO Entrepreneurship Our society […]

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