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Panel: EU-US trade talks should remove unfair tax bite on European brewers

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 9 dicembre 2013

English: Constituency for the European Parliam...

English: Constituency for the European Parliament election in 2009 Español: Mapa por el Elecciones al Parlamento Europeo de 2009 Français : Circonscriptions aux élections européennes en 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BRUSSELS, EU-US trade talks should create a more level playing field by removing taxes on European brewers from which their American competitors are exempt, said panellists at the 4,500-strong Brewers of Europe’s annual Beer Serves Europe gala highlighting a sector that supports 2 million jobs.Whilst the EU sets a level playing field and the reduced excise tax rate permitted by the EU for small brewers is available also to small US brewers importing to the EU, the equivalent small brewer tax relief in the US only applies to domestically-produced beer, putting EU brewers exporting to the US at an important disadvantage, Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, told the gathering on Wednesday.“If you are an EU small brewer, you get nothing when you go to the US,” said Simmonds. “And we’re clearly asking our own governments and the EU that we would like this to change, and as part of TTIP,” she said, referring to the talks toward a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).“This is a very good example where industry needs to help us to make that case stronger in the discussions,” said panellist Salvatore D’Acunto, Head of Unit, Food and Health Care Industries, Biotechnology, at the European Commission’s DG Enterprise and Industry. “So we are absolutely open to take that on board, and to open the discussions with the US counterparts on this.” A representative of the European Economic and Social Committee told the gathering that cash-strapped governments should think twice about higher taxes on the brewing sector, a message from the EESC’s Opinion released in October.“I think the brewing industry is one of the thumping bags of governments,” said Edwin Calleja from Malta. “It’s the easy way how a government can really pick up a lot of money in a financial year through a slight increase in the excise tax. This industry is very vulnerable.”Representatives from the EU Institutions, industry and the media also discussed the new EY report on ‘The Contribution made by Beer to the European Economy’, which says that the EU brewing sector is responsible for 2 million jobs, representing 1% of all EU jobs. Beer is a vital part of a long value chain; around 1.4 million jobs in the hospitality sector are sustained by beer, with a further 600,000 jobs being created in other interdependent sectors such as retail, farming and services.“Beer is a driver for the European economy and a major job creator that goes far beyond breweries. For every 1 job in a brewery, there is 1 in agriculture, 1 in packaging and logistics, 1 in marketing, 1 in retail and 11 in the hospitality sector,” Demetrio Carceller, President of The Brewers of Europe, said in his keynote speech.Whilst there are signs of the sector returning to health, with both EU production and consumption showing slight growth over the last two years, beer market value growth still lags behind inflation whilst a further 4% of the jobs sustained by brewing were lost. This loss of almost 84,000 jobs was driven by sharp increases in VAT (+9%) and excise duty (+9%) taxes levied across EU Member States, pushing an increasing proportion of beer consumption away from the labour-intensive hospitality sector.

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Beer Serves Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 27 novembre 2013

The legislative triangle of the European Union

The legislative triangle of the European Union (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Brussels 4 December 2013 (17:00) – “Cercle de Lorraine”, What role for the EU brewing sector in providing jobs and growth? In the midst of Europe’s ongoing unemployment crisis, particularly amongst youth, The Brewers of Europe are dedicating their annual event ‘Beer Serves Europe’ to job creation. Five panelists from the EU institutions, industry and media will discuss the latest EY report on the ‘Contribution made by Beer to the European Economy’ as well as the important role of the EU brewing sector in providing growth, jobs and trade opportunities.The event will also feature a keynote presentation by Henri Malosse, President of the European Economic and Social Committee, including reflections on the EESC’s report ‘Incentivising the Growth Potential of the European Beer Industry’.Beer Serves Europe will also reveal the winners of the annual Faces of Brewing photo competition, featuring some of the 2 million people whose livelihoods depend, directly or indirectly, on the brewing sector.“Many of those faces are of young adults whose first jobs are through the hospitality sector that brewing supports and depends on as well,” said Pierre-Olivier Bergeron, Secretary General of The Brewers of Europe.

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“The European Union cannot be a team looking for shoulder pads into an anteroom.”

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 novembre 2013

Europe 1999

Europe 1999 (Photo credit: Greg_e)

It is with this quote from Napoleon Bonaparte that the European Movement for Citizens intends to put the European Commissioner Reding back on European track. While it is true that the EU is seen as a “boxing ring”, the attitude of European elites is standing on a vaudeville stage. In response to the “perfect team” who is dreamed by Viviane Reding, it is first necessary to see such a team as a large antechamber of talks where everyone promotes its own agenda first. For nearly eight months people have been kept harping on vague terms such as “inclusion”, “inclusive society”, “dialogue”, “interactivity”.All European political leaders have to be always answerable to those people to whom they have promised the earth in their fine speeches. They have to maintain themselves to power so that they can just lull people with fine words and grand proclamations. According to you, what do people retain of all that at mid-step? They see is only smoke and mirrors while the meeting with real citizens as cherished by everyone’s lips has never been set up ultimately. We can cite a specific example, as the event that took place at the European Economic and Social Committee on 23 and 24 last January about the dialogue with European citizens.
The representatives of EU Institution could have attended to this event at the same time where members of the civil society were there. However, they have dodged the meeting in the day before just because they feared to trig acute questions they never wanted to answer. It is sure that the arrogance of this snub will remain recorded in the annals of European citizen dialogue, Miss Reding.Moreover, it is useless to select some “populist” events to sell a product known to have an expired use-by date or an override date to inspire confidence, or respect, for a political model that the 28 member States never really trusted. By the way, the Greek crisis has demonstrated “the ground zero” of solidarity of our future Europe if we go on with the same characters and the same tricks.Making selective teasing will not boost public confidence not only in MEPs or in Commissioners, but also in the contemporary Heads of State and Government.
The voter turnout at previous European elections cannot be explained by a lack of motivation or dialogue. Saying that is like you miss out on the reality and follow chimeras that lead to greater disappointments. Abstention, Mrs. Reding, is first the translation of the famous “ras-le-bol” (we are fed up with this situation) expressed by Euro-citizens who have finally realized that Europe of Capitalism and Finance is passing prior to any societal concern. People live in their own everyday life, that is to say a world in which they toil to get there in short, something that has never happened to you for ages.The importance of the message that you refuse to understand is that people are frustrated to make so many sacrifices for peanuts. And you, Madam European Commissioner, what did you do like notorious sacrifice to support your fellow citizens in these moments of crisis? Have you waived the payment of 35% of your salary or allowance to donate to charitable organizations? Did you invite some modest European families to share a hot meal at the Commission?It is not enough to make promises of a better political debate, because without a real program defended before 748 million of European citizens, European politicians’ speeches will not be listened.

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