Creating jobs and building a greener, social Europe

The questions of the content of economic policies as regards employment and a fairer distribution of wealth must be addressed by European democracies. It is unacceptable to be forced to buy washing machines produced on the other side of the planet when so many industrial jobs have been lost in Europe. In order to fight unemployment, Europe must transform our economies, fight for the reindustrialization of the continent, and promote shorter distances between the consumer and the producer. This will also help meeting the goal of reducing Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020, a commitment that has been made by the EU but that it will not be able to keep without a stronger financial commitment and some restrictions to free trade. We have to reserve the right to increase the goal to a 30% reduction at European level. An ambitious rail transport development policy for passengers and goods should be started.

We will reaffirm our commitment to the « polluter pays » principle, by taxing companies according to their ecological footprint. A carbon tax must also be created for imported goods. This participation of firms should also be linked to an industrial research policy which will encourage discovery and use of technologies that are more adapted to environmental stakes.

Instead of free trade, we want a fairer trade, in which countries or entities such as the EU know their own strengths and are able to protect them from unfair competition from countries without any kind of significant social and environmental rules. Europe will have to converse with all of economic powers on the planet in order to implement common environmental norms while participating to the development of Southern countries.

The United States and the States of MERCOSUR have long taken the necessary protectionist measures to safeguard their jobs and industries. Meanwhile, Europe has opened up its single market to the rest of the world within 30 years, refusing any kind of regulation, and following the neoliberal dogma of the Washington Consensus in power at the IMF and WTO.

Actions, not words !

Thus, we reaffirm the necessity to activate the Common Tariff at the EU’s borders, which would take into account social and environmental criteria in producing countries, in order to protect our industries, by going back on the constant decrease of import duties that has taken place in the last decades without consulting the European Parliament. In Europe, the fight for employment requires to start reindustrializing.

We actually need an action plan and not those politicians speeches. These guys can’t even hide that they’re not believing their promises

In order to create jobs, Europe will need to massively invest in energy transition, and in the diversification of energy sources through the development of local enery production units. The EU has to attain energy independence, by putting the reduction of energy consumption front and centre. Alternative energies such as solar power, wind power, hydraulic power, biomass energy, and geothermal energy need to be developed. . We will also need to pool and interconnect our energy resources at the European level in order to reduce our dependency on nuclear power and fossil fuels, and in order to put our economies on the path to future. We want to go further with a common energy policy in order to rationalise production and to end the national vision of energy production that prevails today. Finally, investing in energy efficiency for new and old buildings will create thousands of jobs.

To a new Europe

Europe should be concerned with favouring better jobs, and giving consumers more choice, including on agricultural products. This will require a deep reform of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), of the management of fisheries resources, and towards a more local, farmer’s agriculture to encourage territorial quality sectors, local distribution networks and collective structures. This is crucial to the jobs of European farmers and their survival, crucial to the purchasing power of consumers, and crucial to the environmental safety of European citizens. Supporting the development of social, solidary and environmental economic sectors will also contribute to this change.

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