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European unions: Our health is not for sale!

Public sector trade unions will demonstrate actively across Europe on 7 April, World Health Day, in the second action day against commercialisation, market-isation and privatisation of health care. World Health Day has been “chosen by health users and workers, citizen collectives, trade unions and NGOs to demonstrate against Health commodification.”

Source: PSI

Corruption and Private Participation Projects in Central and Eastern Europe

Recent research looks into the problem of corruption in ‘public private partnerships’ in emerging markets. Most previous studies “analyse projects in developed economies and the few that are focused on emerging economies mostly neglect Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs). This is a shortcoming, given that CEECs constitute an increasingly attractive region for investors and have thus witnessed a significant increase in foreign direct investment (FDI) flows in recent times.”

Source: SpringerLink

The EPSU is vindicated by French tax authorities for showing the red card to McDonald’s on tax avoidance

The European Federation of Public Service Unions is vindicated by French tax authorities for showing the red card to McDonald’s on tax avoidance. Tax officials in France are said to have demanded €300 million from McDonald’s in unpaid taxes and penalties. Nadja Salson, a policy officer for EFPSU, says “‘The net is closing in on McDonald’s.’ Although the group employs similar arrangements in the UK, she said that she was unaware of any moves to investigate it by the Treasury. Her organisation was among a coalition of unions that published a report, Unhappy Meal, last year claiming that McDonald’s had avoided taxes worth more than euros 1 billion in Europe between 2009 and 2013. The report said that the chain owed Britain unpaid tax of pounds 75.7 million, Italy euros 74.7 million and Spain euros 68.5 million. It put the figure in France at between euros 386.2 million and euros 713.6 million.”

Source: peopleoverprof.it

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Boosting Investment in Social Infrastructure in Europe. Report of the High-Level Task Force on Investing in Social Infrastructure in Europe.

This report contains a comprehensive collection of facts and figures on social infrastructure and social services and the related financing needs. Based on the conclusions and results, the report formulates concrete recommendations aimed at enhancing current financing tools as well as for future schemes and initiatives in the social sector.