The next Plan B conference will take place in Rome on 11-12th of March 2017 in Rome as an alternative summit to the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. We document the Invitation.
Trond Andresen proposes to change the euro into a “bancor” for the EU, run by a “European Clearing Union”: with national currencies, but trade in euro, with adjustable exchange rates by the European Clearing Union, following Keynes’ proposal from Bretton Woods 1944. You can find a presentation on this proposal here.
by Martin Höpner
In Germany, employees’ representatives occupy half of the seats of the supervisory boards of large firms. The fight against this form of co-determination has been there for decades. Now, however, co-determination opponents discover European law as their strongest weapon – with help from the Commission.
Makroskop was among the first magazines and blogs to draw attention to the upcoming co-determination judgement of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and to the European Commission’s submission in this regard (click here and here). It took a while until a lively debate on the matter emerged. The attacks on corporate co-determination were on the agenda of a number of trade union congresses as well as congresses allied with trade unions, such as a major experts’ meeting hosted by the Hans Böckler Foundation and the Luxembourg Chamber of Employees in Luxembourg at the end of September (click here to read a report on this). The German Trade Union Confederation (DGB), a number of industrial unions and the Hans Böckler Foundation reported on this topic in a range of newsletters and further publications. In a joint article that appeared in the Handelsblatt of 27 September (click here), DGB Chairman Reiner Hoffmann and Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA) President Ingo Kramer took a stand against the assertion that supervisory board co-determination infringed European law. It was doubtlessly not easy to put together this joint opinion by the social partners.
On 2-3 December 2016 the Paris branch of the European Research Network on Social and Economic Policy (EReNSEP) hosted an international conference on “France and Europe after Brexit”. Documentation on the conference (papers and videos) can be found here.
The participants of the conference agreed on a common statement, which we document below.