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Old 14th Mar 2019, 12:55 PM #51
Rafael!
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Support Campact please with a signature.

https://aktion.campact.de/bienengif...ontent=random-b

I translate:

Latest news March 2019

Against all warnings!!!

CDU (political german party) Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner breaks the law for large chemical companies. It allows 18 new arable poisons - without the approval of the Federal Environmental Agency. Single-handedly brings glyphosate and other bee killers to our fields. Soon it could become even more - if we do not stop Klöckner fast.

"What harm the bee has, must from the market," promised CDU Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner a year ago. Now she breaks her word: A subordinate authority has approved 18 new arable poison. It contains glyphosate and cyantraniliprole - lethal substances for bees. Klöckner simply creates facts. Without the required approval of the Federal Environmental Agency. Clearly a breach of law.

So the Union sabotages the glyphosate exit. Because: The approval of pesticides is initially only valid until the end of the year. But then the consumer protection authority can simply extend it - without ever asking the Federal Environment Agency again. If this brazen trick goes through, Klöckner could heave several other pesticides unchecked on the market.

With an appeal we want Klöckner to remember their promise. When 100,000 and more people sign, we confront the minister with her own words. We print their quote on the protection of bees on billboards and put them around the Ministry of Agriculture - plus the number of signatures against glyphosate and Co. Please sign our appeal!

The Union likes to break the law if beekeeping becomes too annoying - and it jeopardizes the profits of chemical giant. Klöckner makes it like her predecessor Christian Schmidt. The CSU politician voted in 2017 single-handedly for the new approval of glyphosate at EU level. He ignored the veto of the SPD (another political party).

Klöckner blocked the glyphosate exit for some time. When Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) presented a meaningful plan to restrict the poison, Klöckner did nothing. Instead of limiting the pesticides in our fields, it pushes new registrations against all resistance.

But Klöckner could have miscalculated. The bees have many friends: almost 1.8 million people have just signed the "People's Species Biodiversity - Save the bees" in Bavaria. The fight for beekeeping is one of the biggest environmental movements in Germany. Now we have to use this power - and confront Julia Klöckner. We demand of her: Keep your word and take from the market what harm the bee. Please make the appeal strong with your signature!

Best regards
Lina Gross, campaigner

PS: There are already new applications in Klöckner's Consumer Protection Office: Hundreds of glyphosate-containing agents are waiting for readmission. If we do not act, Klöckner could wave her through soon - without a security check. In order to prevent that, we need your signature!

Support Campact please with a signature.

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Old 14th Mar 2019, 1:01 PM #52
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Some more news about the EU!

https://sven-giegold.de/warum-ich-d...abgelehnt-habe/

I translate:

Why I rejected this reform of the European Citizens' Initiative
Dear citizens,

Dear Interested,

Thank you for your many e-mails for yesterday's vote on a reform of the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI). I agree with your criticism and yesterday voted against the reform.

Unfortunately, the majority of Parliament voted in favor of the reform. The result of the trilogue negotiations between the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council, in which the Hungarian Christian Democrat György Schöpflin (Fidesz party) represented the parliament, was confirmed with 535 yes, 90 no with 41 abstentions.

I rejected the reform because this reform made work difficult rather than relieved for the ECI coordinators. The Council has asserted against Parliament and the EU Commission that individual online collection systems will be banned in the future. Likewise, e-mail addresses via the mandatory central system may not be used soon after the end of EBIs. NGOs had created such individualized systems to gain support for EBIs and, at the same time, contacts to create a growing European public. NGOs like WeMove.eu have successfully built a growing European public with EBIs, e.g. through the stop glyphosate EBI. In the technical basis for this, an individual collection system, several NGOs had invested around 50 000 EUR. Member States had certified the system. According to the agreement, NGOs will instead have to use a central online collection system provided by the Commission from 2023 onwards. Individual systems will be banned and access to centrally collected mail addresses will be blocked soon after the end of the EBI. The ban on further contacts between NGOs and EBI supporters who wish to stay in touch is a missed opportunity for a stronger European public. The Council's strike against individual collection systems of NGOs is intended to spare some national officials the work of certifying such systems. In fact, this blockade by the Council against progress on the part of the ECI is a short-sighted narrow-mindedness, while Democrats across Europe must stand together against anti-European populist attacks. The reform is deterring large NGOs from implementing new EBIs. Experience shows that without large transnational NGOs it is hardly possible to collect the required 1 million signatures. Only four EBIs have ever succeeded since the launch. Over 30 EBIs failed against it. This reform threatens to reduce the number of successful EBIs even further.

As recognized by the main non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for European citizen participation, the reform has indeed remedied shortcomings. The work of the EBI organizers is facilitated by the fact that Member States have to choose from only 2 instead of the previous 13 sets of data requirements. In addition, Member States can give 16- and 17-year-olds the opportunity to support EBIs, even if they do not yet have the right to vote in elections, as is the case in Austria. The new text also stipulates that the European Parliament intervenes if the EU Commission fails to honor its commitments to a successful ECI. The EU institutions must pursue a successful citizens' initiative so that the ECI becomes an effective instrument of participatory democracy. The ECI really needs to enable citizens to influence EU policies. Without a legal obligation to continue pursuing a successful initiative, it is too easy for the Commission to ignore successful initiatives. Then the EBI turns into a farce. Unfortunately, that was too often the case for demands of the four successful EBIs. However, the European Parliament's obligation to urge the Commission to act if promises have not been kept is not only in this reform, but already in the European Parliament's Rules of Procedure, which have already been adopted. The Commission stubbornly and successfully resisted any direct obligations that would limit its own freedom. They accepted that citizens are less involved in EU legislation. Successful EBIs have not received any effective new rights to a faster or more comprehensive Commission response. Less bureaucracy for future EBIs thanks to harmonized data requirements and the limitation of legal risks for the organizers are welcome support, but can not turn the poor overall balance of the agreement into something positive.

The trilogue agreement was only reached because the Christian Democratic rapporteur almost abandoned all the demands that the European Parliament had made in the negotiations. Also the deputies of other factions can not be satisfied with the result. We will resume our commitment to strengthening the European Citizens' Initiative after the European elections. We would be happy if we could do that with your voice and new strength.

With European greetings

Sven Giegold
Old Today, 11:31 AM #53
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Bad news!

I translate:

The Attic verdict of the Federal Fiscal Court also has dramatic consequences for us: Campact will most likely lose its status as a charitable organization. That's why we can no longer issue any donation receipts.

The situation is written by Felix Kolb, Campact board member

Hello the Federal Finance Court (BFH) has withdrawn the association Attac the charitable status. A fundamental verdict with "toxic effect" for the entire civil society, as the journalist Heribert Prantl in the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" prophesied. Unfortunately, rightly, as we know now. Our tax consultants and lawyers have analyzed the verdict and came to the conclusion: The tax office Berlin will most likely no longer recognize Campact as charitable. That's why we can no longer issue any donation certificates - everything else would be fraud.

With their Attac verdict, the judges at the Federal Finance Court also fulfilled AfD and CDU / CSU long-awaited wish. Politicians in these parties have been calling for years to deprive Campact of charitable status. Campact scares them. Too often, we have proven that a strong, progressive civic movement can be dangerous to large corporations, such as campaigns against fracking, TTIP, genetic engineering or tax evasion. The calculus is obvious: no charity = less donations = no more powerful campaigns. This equation may not work. Show our opponents: Attacks on Campact do not weaken our civic movement, but make us even stronger. Behind Campact stands a solidary community of over two million citizens.

Non-profit associations have to have their tax status reviewed every three years retroactively at the tax office. In the past, the tax office in Berlin has repeatedly valued our work as charitable. Last December we submitted the necessary documents for the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 as usual. We were sure that charitable status would be reaffirmed. But that has changed abruptly with the Attac verdict. For in the view of the judges, campaigns and political education are not eligible if they are used "to influence the political decision-making and public opinion in the sense of their own views." Excluded are only 25 recognized purposes - including consumer, animal and environmental protection.

On the other hand, the perception and realization of fundamental rights, the commitment to peace, social justice, climate protection, informational self-determination, human rights and gender equality are not charitable. This gigantic gap could only be overcome in such a way: Non-profit associations could so far rely on the promotion of education, if they wanted to work on these topics.

But with that, the judges of the Federal Finance Court have now closed. Also to the fate of Campact, as we base our charitable status as well as Attac on the promotion of education. Of course we try to convince politicians and the public that they have to act now to avert the climate crisis. Or that the international financial markets have to be regulated so that taxpayers do not end up rescuing the banks. The loss of charity will be a burden for Campact. Additional costs and additional tax payments amounting to hundreds of thousands of euros are coming to us. Nevertheless, together with many partners, we will intensify our "Civil society is charitable" campaign. The not-for-profit legislation needs to be fundamentally changed in order to remove the dangerous effect of the Attac judgment on civil society.

The next few months are associated with a lot of extra work and uncertainty for us. Please support us in this difficult situation and become a Campaign promoter today. Already with 2 Euro per week you advance our common goals.

Best regards
Felix Kolb, Campact Board

PS: Against glyphosate and nuclear power, for social justice and a greener agriculture: Campact has been fighting for 15 years as part of several protest movements for progressive politics. By now we are over 2 million people. We realize: that does not like everyone. So that we can continue to be uncomfortable when necessary, we rely on your support.

https://www.campact.de
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