Is the EU antidemocratic or under lobbyists’ thumbs?

The European Union is a major actor on the implementation of participative democracy.

Indeed, the EU developed public consultations, the European Citizens Initiatives (a means for citizens to present legislative proposals to the EU Commission), the obligation to inform the transparency register and the implementation of dialogue between citizens and EU representatives.

It was a great experience of intercultural promotion, collective caring for common issues, and an important occasion to stimulate young people’s active citizenship in Strasbourg. As it insisted on the fundamental role of youth in becoming “actors of change”, in addition, the project contributed to the achievement of some of the Sustainable Development Goals, namely SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities; SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities; SDG 12 – Sustainable Consumption and Production; and SDG 13 – Measures relating to the fight against climate change.

Funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs through FONJEP, ECO-CHANGE was coordinated by ALDA together with Stamtish, a Strasbourg-based NGO whose mission is to promote the integration of people with migrant background through culinary and eco-responsible events. 

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Is Europe antisocial?

The European Union seeks to be social. Social protection and equal opportunity are really two values that are anchored at the heart of the European project.

The European Union seeks to be social. Social protection and equal opportunity are really two values that are anchored at the heart of the European project.


Is Europe antisocial?

The European Union protects its citizens, by imposing rules based on equality and social protection principles.

These values are written in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, a binding document for every Member State, but also inside the EU policy of social achievements, fixing minimal requirements.

The European Union protects its citizens, by imposing rules based on equality and social protection principles.

These values are written in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, a binding document for every Member State, but also inside the EU policy of social achievements, fixing minimal requirements.


Is Europe antisocial?

Social policy belongs to the national competences area: the Member States themselves define their social model and their level of social protection.

But thanks to the imposition of minimum levels, the EU accompanies every Member States in the implementation of these policies.

Social policy belongs to the national competences area: the Member States themselves define their social model and their level of social protection.

But thanks to the imposition of minimum levels, the EU accompanies every Member States in the implementation of these policies.


Does the EU foster the unemployment rate?

Belonging to the EU and to its single market means that every European economic actor can circulate and trade freely in every Member states: this permits EU firms to grow and be more successful.

Indeed, the freedom of movement attracts foreign investments in Europe, thus increasing the growth and employment rate. Being part of the common market also signifies that EU Member States are stronger during International negotiations agreements (such as in the frame of the WTO).

Belonging to the EU and to its single market means that every European economic actor can circulate and trade freely in every Member states: this permits EU firms to grow and be more successful.

Indeed, the freedom of movement attracts foreign investments in Europe, thus increasing the growth and employment rate. Being part of the common market also signifies that EU Member States are stronger during International negotiations agreements (such as in the frame of the WTO).


Does the EU foster the unemployment rate?

To fight against unemployment, the EU Commission launched the Juncker Plan, which is an investment of 183,5 billion aiming to boosting the growth and employment rate.

So far, the EFSI (European Funds for Strategic Investments) created by the Juncker Plan authorized an investment of 9,4 billion euro and should lead to 42,7 billion euro of additional investments.

To fight against unemployment, the EU Commission launched the Juncker Plan, which is an investment of 183,5 billion aiming to boosting the growth and employment rate.

So far, the EFSI (European Funds for Strategic Investments) created by the Juncker Plan authorized an investment of 9,4 billion euro and should lead to 42,7 billion euro of additional investments.


Does the EU foster the unemployment rate?

The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) supports the workers confronted to dismissals in sectors particularly exposed to relocations.

Since its creation in 2006, the EGF helped 130.000 EU workers, which represents an invest of 542,4 billions euro.

The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) supports the workers confronted to dismissals in sectors particularly exposed to relocations.

Since its creation in 2006, the EGF helped 130.000 EU workers, which represents an invest of 542,4 billions euro.


Does the EU foster the unemployment rate?

The European Social Fund (ESF) helps EU citizens to find quality employments and so offering fairer professional perspectives to everyone.

With a budget of 10 billions of euros each year, the ESF leads to the financing of ten of thousands of projects at the local, regional and national level to encourage integration and formation of job seekers, notably for disadvantaged people.

The European Social Fund (ESF) helps EU citizens to find quality employments and so offering fairer professional perspectives to everyone.

With a budget of 10 billions of euros each year, the ESF leads to the financing of ten of thousands of projects at the local, regional and national level to encourage integration and formation of job seekers, notably for disadvantaged people.


Does the EU foster the unemployment rate?

Europe is often accused to foster unemployment through the posted-workers system.

A posted-worker is defined as “a worker who, for a limited period, works in a Member State other than the one in which he normally works”. Today in Europe

(1) the remuneration of posted workers happens according with the principle of “equal work, equal pay”;

(2) posted workers benefit from the same conditions as a local worker and the long-term detachment (limited to 12 months).

This revision should allow a better control of the posted-workers rights respect and should foster the fight against frauds and against social dumping.

Europe is often accused to foster unemployment through the posted-workers system.

A posted-worker is defined as “a worker who, for a limited period, works in a Member State other than the one in which he normally works”. Today in Europe

(1) the remuneration of posted workers happens according to the principle of “equal work, equal pay”;

(2) posted workers benefit from the same conditions as a local worker and the long-term detachment (limited to 12 months).

This revision should allow a better control of the posted-workers rights respect and should foster the fight against frauds and against social dumping.


Does the European Union cost too much?

EU – financed projects provide positive economic impacts for every Member States.

For instance, 1/3 of the budget is dedicated to the regional policy, which aims at helping the development of European regions by sustaining them with programmes such as ERDF (European Regional Development Fund). This programme promotes a balanced development in different European regions by investing in innovation, research, digital agenda, support for small and medium-sized enterprises and low carbon economy.

EU – financed projects provide positive economic impacts for every Member States.

For instance, 1/3 of the budget is dedicated to the regional policy, which aims at helping the development of European regions by sustaining them with programmes such as ERDF (European Regional Development Fund). This programme promotes a balanced development in different European regions by investing in innovation, research, digital agenda, support for small and medium-sized enterprises and low carbon economy.