Press Releases 2012
Here you will find a collection of press releases and background information on some of the main legislative dossiers from the Parliament in 2012
All of the Parliament's press releases can be found on the main Parliament website:
Economic Governance ('six-pack' and 'two-pack' legislation)
Since the beginning of the crisis, the European Parliament has striven to correct systemic weaknesses. It has emphasized the need for fiscal rectitude, while at the same time consistently underlining the need for growth and jobs and encouraging necessary reforms. Despite acknowledging the need for austerity in public spending, it has pushed for continuing investments which have a high impact on growth.
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The financial transaction tax is sometimes referred to as a Tobin tax, as it is based on an idea by American economist James Tobin. In the 1970s he proposed a levy on currency exchange small enough to not disrupt the economy but sufficient to discourage harmful speculation.
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Gender Quotas on Company Boards
The European Parliament has repeatedly called for legislation on equality between women and men in business leadership. As a result, the European Commission has responded in November 2012 proposing a Directive which sets an objective of a 40% presence of the under-represented sex among non-executive directors of companies listed on stock exchanges. Following the European Commission's announcement, the European Parliament is currently working on this proposal.
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has proved to be controversial ever since it was first proposed. The agreement is aimed at more effectively enforcing intellectual property rights on an international level. Many developed countries worry that their economies suffer great damage due to counterfeiting and piracy. However, opponents are concerned that it will favour large companies' interests at the expense of citizens' rights.
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Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
Agricultural spending accounts for 41% of the European Union's annual budget and has been at the heart of EU policy since the very start of the European project. As the European Parliament, European Commission and member states begin to haggle over the EU's long-term budget, we look into the role of the Common Agricultural Policy in the so-called Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014-2020.
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