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Middenveld wil democratischer, socialer en duurzamer Europa

Middenveld wil democratischer, socialer en duurzamer Europa

Deze morgend (14/5/2013) presenteerden middenveldorganisaties (waaronder de Europese Vrouwenlobby) een gezamelijk rapport in het Europees Parlement met landenspecifieke aanbevelingen voor 2013 op het gebied van werkgelegenheid, armoede, onderwijs, belastingen, milieu en gendergelijkheid. Samen vragen zij een evenwichtigere, duurzame Economische en Monetaire Unie en een Europa 2020 Strategie die rekening houden met gendergelijkheid. Zij vragen ook dat middenveldorganisaties op een effectieve wijze zouden betrokken worden in de discussie rond de Europa 2020 maatregelen en het Europese Semester proces.

Voor België werden de volgende aanbevelingen geformuleerd [1]:

1. Activation measures without quality job creation are not a way out of poverty, but risk being a way into poverty. Invest in quality jobs (sustainable, well-paid and accessible) and support excluded people into these jobs. (EAPN)
2. Encourage employment growth in organisations belonging to the Social Economy, which have a greater potential for providing quality employment and quality services by promoting the role of non-profit employers of social and health services, reinforcing social dialogue and by decreasing social contributions on labour and compensate them with tax increases on goods and services that do not prove social or environment-friendly. (Caritas Europa)

1. Austerity Measures are not re-launching the economy. Invest in minimum income systems, secure social protection systems and services and embed a more equal tax system to provide the necessary finances for realizing this. Households with low work intensity are suffering extreme poverty in Belgium. A job is not a realistic short term perspective for many of these households. Strengthening the income and support to these households should be a top priority for this government. All benefits should be increased above the real poverty line (calculated with the method of budget standards). (EAPN)

2. Develop clear concrete targets and sub-targets, with related indicators. Evidence shows (latest EU SILC and others) that Belgium is clearly not progressing on the targets, so a renewed commitment is needed and a confirmation that Belgium is still aiming at fighting poverty (with a decrease of at least 380.000 persons) with yearly intermediary targets. The goal should be the complete eradication of poverty

Macroeconomic Tax
3. Carry out gender and social impact assessments on proposed tax reforms to ensure they do not impact indiscriminately on disadvantaged groups and women. (EWL)
4. Belgium should move progressively towards the elimination of the specific fiscal treatment of companies’ cars and their fuel costs. It should align the taxation of the advantage of any kind with that of the wages and eliminate the benefits for private displacements with a company car.(GREEN BUDGET EUROPE)
5. Belgium should significantly shift taxes from labour to less growth-distortive taxes including environmental taxes. To lower labour taxes Belgium can progressively eliminate fuel tax reductions e.g. in industry and apply the standard VAT to environmentally harmful products such as coal in household use.(GREEN BUDGET EUROPE)

Climate Change
6. Belgium should take further measures to enhance the progress towards reaching the targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from non-ETS activities, in particular by ensuring a significant contribution to this goal from transport. To reach this goal Belgium can increase the excises on diesel, increase the circulation tax for cars and vans and incorporate the health costs from air pollution and noise in addition to infrastructure costs into the kilometer charge for lorries, that is currently in the design phase.”(GREEN BUDGET EUROPE)
7. In all proposals of sustainable and inclusive tax reform, carry out ex-ante social and gender impact assessment to ensure that the tax burden does not fall disproportionately on people on with low incomes, women and disadvantaged groups. (EAPN/EWL)

Consulteer het volledige rapport "Strengthening the democratic legitimacy of the European semester : civil society proposals for smart, sustainable and inclusive recovery: alternative country-specific recommendations 2013-2014".

[1] p.8-9



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