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Meeting argues that major changes needed in economic governance

(18 September 2014) This meeting, organised with the financial assistance of the European Commission, provided EPSU affiliates with an opportunity to review developments in economic governance and assess prospects for 2015. Coordination in the European Semester Sarah King, advisor at the ETUC, provided some background on how the ETUC works and the way in which its various committees and working groups were trying to coordinate around the European Semester. She said that it was the (...)

Economic policy, the European Semester and economic governance

Date and time: 18 September, 2014 - 9.00-16.30 Venue: Room 1(4), ETF (European Transport Workers Federation, Rue du Marché aux Herbes 105, 1000 Brussels Preparing for the 2015 Annual Growth Survey The process of economic governance, implemented in the annual cycle of the European Semester, has been in effect since the end of 2010 and the next cycle will begin in November this year when the European Commission publishes the Annual Growth Survey for 2015. This meeting will provide EPSU (...)

Economic Policy Group Meeting Report 20-21 February 2013

The meeting included sessions on: the implementation and process of economic governance economic governance and wages taxation alternative economic policies drafting a resolution on economic policy for the EPSU Congress Economic governance Christophe Degryse, senior researcher at the ETUI, gave a comprehensive analysis of the development of the system of economic governance and the challenges it poses for trade unions. He looked at to the pressure to change wage setting systems (...)

EPSU-ETUI Economic Policy Meeting (Two Days)

report 20-21 February 2013, ITUH, Brussels This meeting is jointly organised by the Education Department of the European Trade Union Institute and EPSU. The aim of the two-day seminar is to help EPSU affiliates understand the various elements of the economic governance process at national and European levels and the role they can play in this. The seminar will include some explanatory sessions to ensure that participants are fully briefed on the different parts of the European Semester (...)

EPSU Economic Policy group 26 October 2012

25 October 2012

ETUC Economic and Employment Committee 2.10.12

The ETUC’s economic and employment committee met in Brussels yesterday (2.10.12) to discuss several key themes related to austerity, economic governance and responses to the crisis. The main highlights are listed below along with the relevant documents and presentations. The net tightens on wages and collective bargaining Ronald Janssen of the ETUC outlined how wages were being targeted in two elements of the European Semester. In the country specific recommendations, 17 out of 27 EU (...)

ETUC condemns senseless policies of Troïka towards Greece – recent evidence

(12 March 2012) The ETUC Executive adopted a declaration on the policies of the European Commission, ECB and International Monetary Fund towards Greece. It condemns as senseless demands to close Workers Funds and is concerned about the continuing attacks on the trade unions. The statement has been addressed to Presidents Herman Van Rompuy (Council), José-Manuel Barroso (European Commission) and Martin Schulz (European Parliament), the Prime Ministers of Denmark (presiding the Council of (...)

2012 Annual Growth Survey’s proposals for the modernisation of public administration - another tale of the missing links

Analysis of the role of Business in the Euro-Pact: an onslaught on workers and citizens

(24 March 2011) Corporate Observatory Europe with whom EPSU collaborates in the Alter-EU and Reclaiming Public Water Network has published an interesting analysis of influence of large Capital and Big Business on the European Commission. The Commission and Council have accepted specific wording and proposals of Business Europe when drafting the EuroPact. To read the comparison: (...)

EPSU economic policy group criticizes Europe’s economic governance proposals

(Brussels, 4 March 2011) The European Commission has introduced a series of legislative proposals to strengthen the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP) and to deal with macro-economic imbalances. These proposals were introduced in the wake of the pressures of international financial markets on Greece and other European countries. The EPSU group met to consider these and other developments like the Annual Growth Survey which heralded the start of the European economic semester. European (...)

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