Tax Avoidance and Evasion in the EU: Interview with Satu Hassi MEP

If you were to start counting out loud ‘One, two, three, four, five….’, it would take more than 31 thousand years to count to one trillion.  This is the number of euros lost due to tax evasion and avoidance each year in the European Union. I spoke to the Finnish MEP Satu Hassi about the social consequences of this non-payment of taxes. Whilst EU member states are expected to tighten the loophole allowing ‘non-double taxation’ by 31 December 2014, the problem of tax avoidance and evasion is a worldwide one and there is much progress to be made. Website Satu Hassi Article New Europe: Fighting Tax Avoidance a Must for Social Europe

European Union Strategy on Alcohol: Interview with Dr Romana Jordan

According to a World Health Organisation report from 2013, residents of the 35 European countries consume the most alcohol per head in the world. The harmful use of alcohol is responsible for about 120,000 premature deaths per year in the European Union. It is also responsible for economic costs estimated to amount to 125 billion euros in the EU. I spoke to Dr Romana Jordan the Slovenian MEP who co-sponsored the Resolution on the European Strategy on Alcohol about the policies and plans within the European Union. Links Status report on alcohol and health in 35 European countries 2013 Global Information System on Alcohol and Health

Universal Phone Charger: Interview with rapporteur Barbara Weiler MEP

On 13th March 2014, MEP’s in Strasbourg voted for a directive which will impose a universal charger for mobile phones within three years. The directive will replace the voluntary agreement with mobile phone manufacturers which expired at the end of 2012. Shortly before the vote, I spoke to rapporteur Barbara Weiler about the benefits of a universal charger, what the vote will mean for consumers and the case of the Apple connector.

The vote for the Common Charger 13 04 2014 Photo Graham Waghorn

The vote for the Common Charger
13 04 2014
Photo Graham Waghorn

The Weiler report was approved by 550 votes to 12 with 8 abstentions. Whilst it has already been informally agreed with the Council of Ministers, it still requires formal approval.



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