60 Ideas for Europe

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Emission of EURO-STAMPS

The realization of the decision of common Europe declared in The Hague 60 years ago – as it can be seen by experiences of the past 60 years – is a historic deed spanning over epochs having several components. One of the outstanding elements of it is forming the awareness of the society, realizing the… » read more

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The harmonization of indirect taxation is a crucial aim. (It is recommended in Art. III-171 of the Draft Constitution, also in art. 93 TCE Nice, and also in Art. 113 TFEU Lisbon). Why is this harmonization so important? Precisely because it levels conditions in the different Member States and avoids distortions which can lead to… » read more

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European Taxes

We should seriously consider the introduction of a “European VAT” and a “European Income Tax” which would go directly towards financing the EU. These taxes would substitute a part of the VAT contributions and a part of the direct contributions from each member state. These new taxes would play a great role in increasing citizens’… » read more

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We need to work towards a minimum standardization of all direct taxation. Admittedly, this is difficult but it is achievable. We have already made advances in this direction in the following areas: company mergers, subsidiaries, and the elimination of double taxation for associated companies. However, the standardization of the taxation of losses incurred in other… » read more

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We need to achieve the complete standardization of VAT in all Member States. The principle of free decision about exemptions and rates of interest, and the problems of calculations of VAT in operations of purchase and resale within different member states, fly in the face of a common VAT system.

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The so-called UK rebate is an anomaly, as the UK government itself has recognized. It is true that the Financial Perspectives reduced it to 4,000 million €. It is also true that the justification for the UK rebate is based in the continuing excessive cost of the CAP (now reduced to 43% of the EU… » read more

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0.7% now!

If the EU considers itself, according to the Rawlsian definition, a “decent” supranational organization, its budget for overseas development cannot stay at the current miserly percentage of EU GDP. The objective of 0.7% of GDP is perfectly possible, as the Scandinavian countries have demonstrated. This must be one of the star proposals of the EMI… » read more

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The EMI is frontally opposed to the norm according to which neither the European Central Bank, nor a national central bank, nor any member of their decision-making bodies shall seek or take instructions from Union institutions, bodies, offices or agencies, from any government of a Member State or from any other body. The Union institutions,… » read more

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The EMI can in no way approve that the total EU budget is equivalent to a miserly 1.045% of Member States’ GDP. At the same time as we have admitted 12 new member states with less-buoyant economic conditions, we have decided to reduce the budget from an acceptable 1.24% to the current tight-fisted 1.045%. In… » read more

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