Politics of the European Union too often have damaging consequences for developing countries. Fair Politics EU wants to give developing countries a fair chance at development. - Fair Politics NOW!
EU reaches agreement on conflict minerals
On 16 June 2016, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU member states reached a joint agreement on conflict minerals. Companies will now be obliged to check if their purchases of minerals indirectly finances conflicts. The new, binding rules are expected to enter into force within a few months. - 30-06-2016
EU agreement on corporate tax avoidance a meagre result
On 21 June 2016, just within the Dutch EU Presidency, the EU and its member states agreed on a directive addressing tax avoidance. The directive includes a broad package of measures aiming to combat tax avoidance by multinationals. Though this directive is a milestone in itself, we are still very far away from a fair EU tax system. - 29-06-2016
EU financing for sustainable development
The European Commission will present a review of the functioning of the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) soon. The MFF sets the limits for the annual general budgets of the EU and determines how much in total and how much for different areas of activity the EU could use each year. In 2016, the Commission will present its fifth multiannual financial plan, leading to many draft opinions within European Parliament Committees, including the Committee on Development (DEVE). Paul Rübig makes two suggestions to make sure development funds are really spend on development objectives. - 29-06-2016