We’re asking this question of stakeholders involved in the design and implementation of the next EU budget, in order to back up our proposals about what a People’s Budget for Europe after 2020 should look like. What do you say?
“The European Union funded ‘School of Sustainability’ project has supported innovative and impactful educational and outreach activities, contributing to a strong and independent civil society in more than 20 countries. Tens of thousands of people have taken part in seminars, summer camps, and practical workshops, which have tackled environmental justice issues, and created opportunities for collective action on issues that matter to people from the local to the global scale. In the context of shrinking space for civil society, the project has also delivered capacity building on how to work with communities disproportionately impacted by social and environmental injustice.”
“Agricultural spending is continuously decreasing in the EU budget, but I think there is still too much money spent to subsidise our agricultural sector. Competitiveness is treated as a good thing, but if our subsidised products are sold in third world countries where the local agricultural economy is dying as a result of EUs financial support on its products, it could be very harmful. As the world is facing the challenge of migration it is not a good policy to fuel this trend with a wrong financial policy. The amount of food wasted in the EU is also a warning sign that we produce much more food than necessary and that we waste public money.
The EU should also stand up against tax havens inside and outside Europe. No company should be allowed to operate within the EU if they do not duly pay taxes here – no matter if that is enabled through legislative loopholes in some Member States, or by fuzzy ownership structures of companies that enables them to hide their revenues in offshore entities.”
“The national policies in EU member states often run counter to the aims of EU funding. For example, Hungary receives each year EU funding equalling to about 4 percent of its GDP, and a part of this funding is used for environmental purposes. However, at the same time, there are enormous subsidies in Hungary (as in most countries) to environmentally harmful activities. Just to mention one of them: the Hungarian state loses each year a tax revenue equalling to about 4 percent of the GDP due to the fact that the private use of cars is often accounted for as company use. We can only imagine how far national policies and supportive EU funding could go in achieving environmental objectives, if they were aligned in the same direction. The future EU budget should ensure that, and stop the current wasteful practice!“