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Curb excessive food speculation

The greed of financial speculators provoked food riots in the past when the basics people need to survive, things like rice, wheat, sugar - became unaffordable. When speculators bet on food, prices are distorted. It is often the poorest who can go hungry and suffer the most.

The European Commission proposed to allow countries to weaken the existing modest rules on food speculation even further. That’s why we have to convince the European Parliament to step up and end food speculation. Thousands of Europeans supported our campaign, yet the European Parliament failed to grab the chance. We will continue to seek a more justice and peaceful Europe. Have a look on our other campaigns.

 

A whole European Citizen’s Initiative to #StopGlyphosate

We know what a constant use of Glyphosate will mean for us, the people of Europe: sick people, dead animals, burnt grass, brown leaves, and a loss of biodiversity. Last year, we were able to block Monsanto’s plans in ways they did not expect. But it’s not over, and in 2017 they will be fighting hard to extend the currently short term approval of this toxic pesticide to 15 years - which is why we will be fighting even harder to stop them.

The kick off of the #StopGlyphosate - European Citizens’ Initiative was a wonderful day for our community! We got to meet with some of our members in Berlin, Paris, London, Madrid, Rome and Brussels. Check out the pictures from the launch events and brace yourself for the long campaign ahead, we have some big Monsanto lobby to fight - sign now!

 

Left to Freeze

When news and pictures emerged of the conditions refugees in Serbia and Greece were living in this winter -- outdoors, barely surviving the freezing temperatures -- we sprung into action. We raised an outstanding €64,000 to go directly to the organisations helping people on the ground.

Part of the donations have gone to Refugee Aid Serbia helping those braving the cold in Belgrade, as well as Fresh Response, a movement helping those who are stuck on the Serbian/Hungarian border and who face police brutality daily.

Are You Syrious? is building a mobile shower which will fit four showers, a gas-heated container with water, clean clothes packages, towels, and other vital material, such as soap and feminine products. This project will be entirely funded by the WeMove community and will soon be up and running, making its way through Serbia where people are in dire need of it.

Every single one of us should be proud of what we were able to do together. Borders, cultural differences, linguistic barriers -- nothing could stand in our way. Join more than 57,000 other Europeans and help us put pressure on the EU Ministers for Home Affairs and Migration to follow through with their commitment to help the refugees who arrived at Europe’s doorstep - sign!

 

Save the Soil

Soil is one of the most strategic resources of Europe as it ensures food security, biodiversity conservation and climate change regulation. It's time to protect the soils of Europe. Each passing minute, the soil is assaulted, suffocated, contaminated, exploited, poisoned, mistreated, and depleted. In Europe, there is no longer a specific law that protects the soil.

More than 400 associations have come together as part of the People4Soil coalition which launched a Citizen’s Initiative to ask the EU for specific regulations to protect the soil. Save the soil with your signature!

 

Stop speculators threatening us!

The banks never gave us back all the 4.5 trillion euros we paid them in aid following the financial crisis that hit Europe in 2010. People had to rescue the bankers and speculators responsible for the devastation of our economies and welfare.

Soon 10 key EU Finance Ministers will meet to discuss an agreement to clamp down on harmful speculation by applying a tax on dangerous financial transactions. The tax would raise money for public expenditure while discouraging the kind of speculation that helped lead to the economic collapse. It’s in our hands to raise our voice loud enough to make our collective outcry unmissable - join more than 290,000 other Europeans now. Sign!

 

A people-powered plug for tax evasion

Corporations have been taking us for a ride by using every trick in the book to avoid paying their fair share of taxes. But that could be about to end. The European Commission has proposed a first step to make giant corporations like Amazon and Facebook play by a common set of tax rules across Europe, and stop them from exploiting the differences in national corporate tax regimes.

Countries that help corporations dodge paying their taxes like Ireland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg could block the proposal, unless some big countries like France and Germany speak out now. A huge people-powered petition of more than 100,000 Europeans is a great start to let our Ministers know what we think - do you want to be part of the movement? Add your name.

 

Democracy for Sale Awards

The ongoing negotiations of the EU-US trade agreement, known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), are happening behind closed doors, hand in hand with big business lobby groups. Their influence is so great that their collaboration with TTIP negotiators deserves closer scrutiny. Our contribution: to give the most successful business group in hijacking TTIP for corporations an award!

After more than 45 thousands of us voted for the winner of the Democracy for Sale Awards, we went all out and in a glittery mock Awards ceremony, where we presented the undisputed winner: the pesticides lobby, represented by huge corporate lobbying groups ECPA and CLA. Take a look at what happened in the ceremony in this 1,5 min video!

 

CETA: winning one step at a time

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CETA, the trade deal being negotiated between Canada and the EU, threatens democracy. The dangerous deal would mean the creation of special tribunals where corporations would be able to sue our governments for public money. Tackling a treaty of these enormous dimensions requires long-term work, but we haven’t shied away from it. First, back in the spring, we mobilised more than 350,000 Europeans in just five days. The European Commission listened and confirmed that the parliaments of EU countries will have the opportunity to ratify the controversial trade deal.

Then, in autumn, we launched a huge people-powered open-letter to persuade the Austrian Chancellor to veto the deal and the letter was published in Austria’s biggest newspaper, Der Standard. We also launched a petition to support the opposition of Wallonia to CETA, which collected almost 100.000 signatures in just a couple of days.

And even though the deal has been signed, we have managed to give a big blow to the system of special tribunal for corporations. Even better, CETA can still be stopped by a vote in the European Parliament or by any of the member states' national parliaments. We will keep you updated with our new actions to defeat CETA!

 

Stop corporate abuse

For the first time in history we could have a way to internationally clamp down on corporate abuses. A new global treaty would introduce legally binding rules for corporations. But despite having support from most countries in the United Nations, EU countries have been boycotting this treaty. However, thanks to thousands of actions, nearly 92,000, the European Union has finally agreed to participate in the Intergovernmental Working Group that will discuss how to develop and implement this global treaty. This is a great success, but we will continue to monitor the behaviour of EU countries and will up the pressure next year when hard negotiations start. Stay tuned!

 

Polish ban on abortion: the parliament dropped the proposal!

IMG_9621.JPGOur community came together to stand up to oppose an anti-abortion law in Poland that would have banned abortions in all circumstances, even in cases of rape. Over 83,000 Europeans signed our open letter to support Polish women’s right to choose. And together, we chipped in over €16,000 to support a Polish women’s rights group called Gals 4 Gals. After huge street protests in Poland, alongside campaigning from women’s rights groups, NGOs and charities, as well as our own campaign, the Polish parliament backed down. Can you chip in to keep defending democracy and our basic rights in Europe?