16 septembre 2016
BLOOM fait partie des 177 signataires d’une déclaration commune signée par des représentants de la société civile : ONG, syndicats, représentants européens et nationaux, en amont du 27ème Sommet de l’Union européenne se déroulant à Bratislava le 16 Septembre 2016.
Jacques Delors, également signataire de cette déclaration, écrit dans une tribune publiée dans Le Monde : “Nous croyons qu’il est primordial de placer notre planète et ses populations, plutôt que les valeurs boursières et une croissance économique purement nominale, à la base de notre vision de l’Europe.”
Lire la déclaration (en anglais) ci-dessous ou télécharger le Pdf.
Common statement signed by 177 European and national Civil Society Organisations and Trade Unions, ahead of the EU27 Summit in Bratislava on 16 September 2016.
This crisis in confidence comes as people struggle with decreasing living standards, declining buying power and the rise of precarious work, hardship created by austerity policies, anxiety over movements of people to our shores, and the impacts of climate change and environmental destruction. As people search for answers, euroscepticism and nationalism, intolerance and misinformation are winning out over cooperation, humanity and solidarity with one other. We must all – leaders, media and individuals – actively and at every opportunity speak out and act against division, marginalisation of different groups in society and those that play on fears for their own political ends.Tackle challenges together
The current tendency to weaken EU institutions and to strip away protections for people and planet in the name of ‘deregulation’ is not the answer. Current economic policies of reducing deficits and boosting ‘competitiveness’ have promoted too narrow an interpretation of growth, and corporate profits have failed to make it into workers’ wages or trickle down to improve people’s lives.It is these policies, not ‘too much Europe’, that have alienated people, leaving them feeling disempowered and left behind. We now need new, progressive European initiatives to deliver tangible benefits for people and to win back their confidence and trust. A ‘better Europe’ is where joint European action creates tangible benefits for people and planet. This includes a new focus on equality and inclusion, a relaunch of the European social model to provide decent work , quality jobs and better living conditions, strong environmental protecti on, meaningful action on climate change, and an EU -wide effort to welcome and integrate migrants.
We need a genuine, democratic and inclusive dialogue on the future of Europe, and on how the EU can deliver tangible benefits for Europeans. We stand ready to play an active role in this dialogue, and to work even harder in making the case for the benefits that work ing together have brought to European citizens, and the values for which this Union stands.This common statement was drafted on the initiative of WWF, CONCORD, ETUC and European Youth Forum, and supported by the 177 signatories below.