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Canadian Avaaz Kicking asses?  European Migration Agenda

I’m sorry to use crude language, but we Canadians sometimes do that in the best spirit when we get excited

Evidence you say?

We helped win the first ever European Migration Agenda

EU migrants

After thousands of asylum seekers drowned in the Mediterranean earlier this year, the European Commission finally proposed a Migration Agenda to get shared responsibility across the continent for rescue, resettlement and relocation of refugees, and we sprung into action to support the initiative:

  • First, we raised and granted $500,000 to the most effective private rescue mission in the Mediterranean, the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), which has saved 7,000 lives this year. We also supported a local organization that assists unaccompanied refugee children at risk of trafficking, and Greek Avaaz members even volunteered to help them on the ground.
  • Then we used funds to run an Avaaz aid mission to the Greek islands where Syrian families arrive every day on rickety boats, delivering bedding and health kits for thousands. Check out Avaazer Mike Baillie’s inspiring blog.
  • At the same time, we launched a European volunteer network for refugees. Over 1,600 Avaazers have volunteered to assist in programmes across the continent. In Greece, Malta, and Italy, they are helping families coming off the boats with integration. In Germany and France, Avaaz members are opening their homes to refugees, and in the UK they are supporting Syrians to resettle.
  • We also did the lobbying — 450,000 EU Avaaz members called for urgent action, and the petition was delivered to all EU Heads of State and the EU Commissioner on migration. Then 65,000 of us sent personal messages to Ministers, and our campaign got attention at the highest level of government. A senior adviser to President Juncker wrote thanking us for our ‘beautiful initiative’.
  • When after weeks of stalling, we found out Poland, Austria and Spain were blocking a deal, we flooded their Ministries with phone calls, and Avaaz volunteers made a video of Syrians appealing directly to the Spanish Minister for refuge, which exploded all over the media.

Together we showed leaders that the European public wants to help vulnerable people fleeing war, and we countered the pervading xenophobic narrative with acts of compassion. Now a deal has been done — the EU has tripled the search and rescue budget for the Mediterranean, and will offer sanctuary to more than 50,000 people escaping war. This is a first step, but the magnitude of this humanitarian crisis requires us to keep pushing leaders to increase safe routes into Europe as the best way to help these desperate families and stop illegal trafficking.

We helped feed thousands of Syrians during the holy month of Ramadan

ramadan meals
ramadan gas

This Ramadan, our community across the Middle East, North Africa, and South East Asia donated over $25,000 for the Ramadan campaign. Support was given to the Development and Regeneration Association, based in Lebanon, and Karam Foundation based in the US and with an extensive network inside Syria.

Through these two incredible organizations, our community helped make the following possible:

  • Iftar for thousands of Syrians through Ramadan Kitchens and food baskets in Bekaa, Salah el Din, Moadamieh and Ghouta. In Moadamieh and Ghouta alone, we helped feed over 18,000 people for the entire month of Ramadan!
  • 2400 meals for orphans in Aleppo
  • Cooking gas for over 600 families in Aleppo
  • 40 tonnes of flour which provided over 60,000 packages of bread in Idlib

Some kids even received new Eid clothes thanks to our community. Click here to see a video from Karam, and here to see photos from Bekaa.

We organised a letter from leading Economists to warn Chancellor Merkel against Greek Austerity

Greek austerity

When the Greek people said no to more austerity measures in a referendum and EU leaders threatened to kick Greece out of the Euro, Avaaz coordinated an open letter to Merkel from 5 leading economists including Thomas Piketty and Jeffrey Sachs on the back of a 530,000-strong Avaaz Europe petition. The letter was all over the German media and published across the world. It had such a strong impact that the German Finance Minister got his chief economist to write a response in a major newspaper, and the debate is now heating up. We’ll keep ramping up actions to shift the prevailing economic view in Germany as this has the most promise to liberate Greece from more failed and crushing austerity.

We got Benetton to pay victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh

Benetton Victory
Benetton Delivery

After two years of flat-out refusal, we got Benetton to reverse their position. Here’s how we did it:

  • We built and delivered a one-million-strong petition to Benetton.
  • We launched a huge social media storm, and when they hid our posts, we ramped them up.
  • We mobilised billboards outside Benetton’s Headquarters for days until the police came to stop us. Then our Italian Counsel got on the phone with the police, and they left us alone.
  • We got influential thought leaders to engage directly with the CEO of Benetton.
  • We issued a heartfelt appeal to Benetton staff through targeted ads on Facebook.
  • And finally, we engaged in personal and constructive negotiations with company executives.

Benetton responded by supporting the scheme, and even thanked Avaaz for our ‘important and positive role in the process’! Now, the scheme is fully funded and workers and their families will receive full payment. This success story could change the game for workers’ rights everywhere.

We raised a whopping $2.6 million for the victims of the Nepal earthquake

Nepal earthquake

When we heard of the devastation from this mega earthquake, we immediately jumped in and cut through bureaucratic hurdles to get aid to those most in need. By partnering with over a dozen of the best local relief efforts, the shelter, food, and medical supplies that our community funded were often the first to reach devastated villages. Funds raised by us are now rebuilding schools and crucial health facilities in the hardest hit regions, and are bringing hope to countless lives. Abari, one of the amazing organisations building schools and houses, sent their gratitude: “While the buildings were still crumbling from the aftershocks in Nepal, Avaaz spoke to us, understood the magnitude of the problem, and arranged the funds – all in less than 24 hours. The way they make decisions and take action is mind-blowing.”

We helped push the G7 of world polluters to commit to get off fossil fuels forever

G7 climate heroes

After decades of polluting and feet-dragging to move to the only viable solution — a total shift to clean energy — the G7 amazingly set a long-term goal to get completely off fossil fuels. Our community has been pushing for this for 2 years by:

  • spearheading the gigantic, momentum-changing, 700,000-strong climate march last year;
  • building a 2.7 million person petition for 100% clean energy delivered to dozens of key leaders;
  • coordinating scores of rallies, high-level lobbying meetings, opinion polls, and ad campaigns across the world, all funded by our community;
  • and leading a 3-month all-out push for the G7 summit leadership, especially directed at German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to put this on the agenda and agree to this goal.

Click here to see in detail how we helped get this incredible victory.

We gave over $2.5 million to stop Ebola, and it is almost defeated!

Ebola news

This is a big deal. This monster could have killed millions — it threatened the whole world. But the world came together to stop it, and Liberia was recently declared Ebola-free! What did we do?

  • Our community donated $2.5 million to the best aid operations working on the front line. It was the speed and nimbleness of our funds that made them life-saving. Partners in Health says:We are so grateful for your support, and for the flexibility you provided us in terms of use of the funds. This flexibility was critical.”
  • Over 4000 of us offered to go to West Africa to use our skills to assist in the fight. Avaaz volunteers played critical roles on the ground — from combating patient-doctor transmission in Ebola Treatment Centers, to building the facilities themselves.

The fact that Ebola is defeated in Liberia and has significantly declined in neighbouring countries is a huge victory for humanity, and I’m so proud of our community for showing that people everywhere are willing to risk everything to help others on the other side of the planet in times of crisis. What’s now clearer than ever is that investment in public health in this region is crucial.

We pushed Barclays to divest from an Israeli Defense Company

Israel-Palestine

After the horrific Gaza attacks last summer, Avaaz launched the biggest global divestment campaign ever, calling on major companies to cut ties with operations and companies engaged in the illegal occupation and repression of Palestinians. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Russell Brand joined our call, and other groups called for the bank to act. Avaaz staff then met with Barclays to drive home the importance of divesting from Elbit Systems weapons company. We have now been informed that Barclays has no beneficial ownership of any shares in Elbit Systems in any capacity, nor does it hold any shares in nominee for clients. Barclays has also confirmed that it is not recommending Elbit Systems shares to clients via any trading platforms. Victory!
We are still pushing to get other companies financing the occupation of Palestine to withdraw and respect international law.

We helped finally get justice for Kenyan rape survivor, Liz

Justice for Liz

After a 16-year-old Kenyan girl told the police she was raped by six men who then threw her unconscious body down a 6-meter toilet pit, they just had the criminals mow their station lawn, and then let them free! When our community found out, we responded with a mega global outcry, and we have continued to ramp up the pressure:

  • We delivered the petition to top political and justice officials.
  • We bombarded Kenyan police and politicians on social media.
  • We sent an investigator to the scene to help uncover the crime.
  • And we teamed up with amazing Kenyan organisations to hold a massive march to get a Special Prosecutor involved to take the case to court.

Finally, nearly two years later, a judge sentenced three of the rapists to 15 years in jail. Terry Kunina, one of the women leaders in Kenya, said: “The Avaaz campaign put this case on the map and were it not for the worldwide recognition of the situation that Liz was facing, I am convinced that the case would not be where it is today. Liz now stands a chance at a better life.”

Now Kenyan officials know the world is watching and will hold them responsible for abuse and impunity.

On top of all these incredible wins, Avaaz has grown large enough to set up 18 national teams, so the number and impact of our national campaigning is skyrocketing from Germany to Brazil, from South Africa to Russia.

All of this is made possible by the growing engagement of all of us in this incredible community — from continuing to take action, to bringing our friends in, to donating small amounts of money and time — we are creating a magical and powerful collective force.

There’s a lot of scary stuff going on in the world, but let’s take a moment to give ourselves some love. We’re coming together in our millions, week after week, and it is having impact on some of the most complex issues of our time.

 

 

Stephen Hawking’s boycott hits Israel where it hurts: science

What really winds up Israel is that this rejection comes from a famous scientist, and it is science that drives its economy, prestige and military strength
Posted by and  on May 13, 2013
Stephen Hawking mystery

Hawking’s boycott threatens to open a floodgate with more and more scientists coming to regard Israel as a pariah state’. Photograph: PA

Stephen Hawking‘s decision to boycott the Israeli president’s conference has gone viral.

Over 100,000 Facebook shares of the Guardian report at last count.

Whatever the subsequent fuss, Hawking’s letter is unequivocal. His refusal was made because of requests from Palestinian academics.

Witness the speed with which the pro-Israel lobby seized on Cambridge University’s initial false claim that he had withdrawn on health grounds to denounce the boycott movement, and their embarrassment when within a few hours the university shamefacedly corrected itself.

Hawking also made it clear that if he had gone he would have used the occasion to criticise Israel’s policies towards the Palestinians.

While journalists named him “the poster boy of the academic boycott” and supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement celebrated, Ha’aretz, the most progressive of the Israeli press, drew attention to the inflammatory language used by the conference organisers, who described themselves as “outraged” rather than that they “regretted” Hawking’s decision.

That the world’s most famous scientist had recognised the justice of the Palestinian cause is potentially a turning point for the BDS campaign.

And that Hawking ‘s stand was approved by a majority of two to one in the Guardian poll that followed his announcement shows just how far public opinion has turned against Israel’s relentless land-grabbing and oppression.

Hawking’s public refusal follows that of prominent singers, artists and writers, from Brian Eno to Mike Leigh, Alice Walker and Adrienne Rich, all of whom have publicly rejected invitations to perform in Israel.

But what winds Israel up is the fact that this rejection is by a famous scientist and that science and technology drive its economy. Hawking’s decision threatens to open a floodgate with more and more scientists coming to regard Israel as a pariah state. Its research ties with European and American scientists must be protected.

That Israel, a Middle East country, has managed to secure membership of the European Research Area and the many collaborative links with European labs underlines the importance of these links.

When European parliamentarians challenged its membership on the grounds of Israel’s numerous breaches of UN resolutions and of the European Human Rights conventions, the European Commission responded to the effect that research trumped human rights.

Israel’s science and technology are not just a source of prestige and technological innovation, but underpin its military strength.

It was an Israeli engineer who developed the drones that the US now employs in quantity.

Israeli home-produced chemical weapons minimally match those of Syria, and Israeli universities amply supply the Israel Defence Forces with the sociological, psychological and technological methods it employs to suppress Palestinian protests against the occupation.

The complicity of Israeli academia in Israeli state policy is incontrovertible.

However, this is the first time that a scientist of Hawking’s status has taken so public a stand – and the hyperventilating response of the Jerusalem conference organisers (it is worth noting that the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where the conference Hawking refused to attend was to be held, is built on illegally annexed Palestinian land) has only added to its public impact.

Lastly it has been the very public debates over the rights and wrongs of an academic boycott that have drawn attention to the subservience of the Israeli universities to the state.

Until the boycott began internal critics were few and far between, and some of the sharpest such as Ilan Pappé were forced out. However, this subservience is beginning to yield.

When in 2012 the education minister attempted to close the politics department at Ben Gurion on “academic grounds”, it was immediately recognised as a political attack on one of the very few departments where academics were willing to name Israel as an apartheid state.

Prof Gilad Haran from the Weizmann Institute launched a petition stating “We sense that academic freedom in Israel’s higher education system is in severe danger.” The department remains open – one small victory.

CNN’s footage offers further clear proof that Israeli authorities are lying about…
electronicintifada.net

An association of US universities decided to boycott Israel education institutions 

The European Commission will boycott Israeli products from occupied Palestinian Territories on January 2014.

“If even one manager of an NGO expresses support for the boycott of Israel, or for divestment and sanctions, or the trial of Israeli soldiers in international military courts for war crimes, or opposes Israel’s status as a “Jewish state,” any donation made to that NGO by a “foreign entity” would be taxed at a rate of 45%.”

Quite ironic for those who consider Israel to be the ‘only democracy’ in the Middle East.

An association represented by more than 5,000 professors and researchers in the USA are protesting against the apartheid politics of Israel toward the Palestinians.

66% of the members of the American Studies Association (ASA) decided to boycott Israeli academic institutions.

The Association for Asian American Studies has taken this decision last April.

The French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur published this Dec. 16, 2013:

USA: une association d’universitaires décide de boycotter Israël

NEW YORK.

Une association regroupant plus de 5.000 professeurs et chercheurs américains a décidé de boycotter Israël pour protester contre la politique de l’Etat hébreu à l’égard des Palestiniens, une décision condamnée lundi par le Congrès juif mondial.

Ce boycott des institutions académiques israéliennes a été approuvé par 66.05% des 1.252 membres de l’American Studies Association (ASA) qui ont pris part au vote, précise sur son site celle qui se présente comme “la plus ancienne et la plus importante association consacrée à l’étude interdisciplinaire de l’histoire et la culture américaines”.

“La résolution adoptée est solidaire de tous les chercheurs et étudiants privés de leur liberté académique et aspire à accorder cette liberté à tous, y compris aux Palestiniens“, écrit l’ASA sur son site, évoquant aussi “la violation par Israël du droit international et de résolutions de l’ONU”.

Plusieurs organisations de ce type militent dans le monde pour un boycott académique d’Israël pour s’opposer à la politique de l’Etat hébreu.

L’ASA est la deuxième organisation académique américaine à adopter une telle position, après l’Association for Asian American Studies, qui avait pris une décision similaire en avril.

Le ministre israélien des Sciences et de la Technologie Yaakov Peri, cité par le site d’information Ynet, s’est élevé contre le vote des adhérents de l’ASA.

“La principale victime ici est la science internationale qui relie entre eux des gens de diverses ethnies, nationalités et obédiences politiques, et c’est ainsi qu’elle doit rester”, a regretté cet ancien patron du Shin Beth, le service de sécurité intérieure israélien.

“La décision (de l’ASA) ne fait pas la différence (…) entre une opinion politique et des travaux scientifiques”, a encore déploré M. Peri.

Ce vote “illustre l’antisémitisme (…) et la banqueroute morale de l’American Studies Association”, a réagi Ronald Lauder, président du Congrès juif mondial. L’ASA “jette l’opprobre sur l’Etat juif, le seul pays du Moyen-Orient qui partage les valeurs américaines? Il ne faut pas s’étonner que de nombreux Américains disent du monde universitaire qu’il est biaisé et déconnecté des réalités”, a-t-il poursuivi.

L’Association américaine des professeurs d’université, qui compte 48.000 membres, est, elle, opposée à tout boycott d’Israël.

Le boycott pour sauver Israël de sa politique

En juillet, Israël a réagi avec colère contre la décision de la Commission européenne stipulant qu’à dater du 1er janvier 2014, les pays membres de l’Union imposeraient un boycott des produits fabriqués dans les territoires occupés et n’autoriseraient plus le financement de projets scientifiques dans lesquels seraient impliqués des chercheurs ou des institutions liés aux colonies.

Les hommes politiques israéliens ont repris à cette occasion les clichés consacrés sur la mémoire historique de l’Europe dont ils déploraient la disparition ; on a pu entendre des allusions à peine voilées à la persistance d’un antisémitisme traditionnel ; des déclarations absurdes selon lesquelles Israël était tout à fait capable de se passer de la coopération technologique et scientifique de l’Europe ont été proférées. Puis, sans surprise, le gouvernement israélien a accepté de se plier aux conditions imposées par la Commission.

L’idée d’imposer un boycott a toujours été considérée comme une question délicate par de nombreux juifs.

Il est vrai que l’histoire juive ne manque pas d’exemples où ils ont été les victimes d’un boycott antisémite.

Pourtant, en mars 1933, une organisation juive n’a pas hésité à se rallier à l’idée de boycott.

Moins de deux mois s’étaient écoulés depuis l’accession de Hitler au pouvoir en Allemagne et l’antisémitisme nazi menaçait l’existence même des Juifs dans ce pays. Lors d’une assemblée extraordinaire, les responsables juifs américains décidaient de boycotter tous les produits allemands importés aux Etats-Unis. Le rabbin libéral, Stephen Samuel Wise, qui dirigeait alors le Congrès juif américain, déclara lors de cette réunion : «L’époque de la modération et de la prudence est terminée. Nous devons faire entendre notre voix en tant qu’êtres humains […]. Cette attaque n’est pas dirigée contre les Juifs d’Allemagne, mais contre l’ensemble du peuple juif

Ce sentiment d’urgence n’est pas ressenti aujourd’hui par les dirigeants juifs libéraux dans le monde. Ils sont bien conscients pourtant de la dégradation rapide d’Israël qui se transforme progressivement en pays d’apartheid. Ils ont lu toutes les informations concernant les crimes de guerre commis par les colons dans les Territoires et même, parfois, par les soldats de Tsahal. Or, leur silence est assourdissant.

Certes, aux Etats-Unis comme en Europe de nouvelles organisations ont été créées, qui ne ménagent pas leurs critiques à l’encontre de la politique israélienne – comme J Street et J Call. Mais dans leurs critiques, elles n’osent pas aller au-delà de certaines limites ; elles dénoncent, mais n’envisageraient pas d’agir contre les méfaits dénoncés. Elles se plient ainsi à une tradition bien ancrée dans les judaïcités de la diaspora selon laquelle, seuls les citoyens de l’Etat juif auraient le droit d’intervenir dans les décisions qui engagent son avenir et son destin.

Or, malheureusement, trop nombreux sont les citoyens israéliens indifférents au développement des courants racistes qui visent les Palestiniens ou les réfugiés venus d’Afrique.

Des hommes politiques et des rabbins extrémistes ne se privent pas pour prononcer contre eux des discours ouvertement haineux, usant d’une terminologie qui rappelle les slogans antisémites de l’Europe des années 30.

Les constructions dans les colonies, la réquisition des terres et les spoliations, l’emprisonnement et l’expulsion sans procès de réfugiés africains ainsi que la brutalité des colons sont avalisés par le gouvernement israélien. Cela ne l’empêche pas de dénoncer, avec un cynisme à toute épreuve, toute initiative de la communauté internationale visant à imposer un boycott des colonies dans les Territoires occupés.

Il s’agit là pourtant d’un boycott parfaitement justifié du point de vue politique autant que moral. Il faut boycotter, bannir et poursuivre en justice les colonies et tous ceux qui commettent des crimes de guerre dans les Territoires occupés. Or, la seule voix juive qui se fait clairement entendre hors d’Israël est celle des groupes religieux extrémistes et racistes qui expriment leur soutien à la violence exercée à l’encontre des Palestiniens et à la séparation raciale en Israël. Le silence des dirigeants juifs humanistes de par le monde devient incompréhensible.

Si le judaïsme humaniste – confiant en la possibilité d’une coexistence pacifique entre deux Etats, Israël et Palestine – a renoncé à cet idéal, qu’il se taise n’a rien d’étonnant. Mais si l’idéal d’un Etat juif tolérant, humaniste et pacifique revêt quelque importance à ses yeux, il ne peut se fier aux seuls Israéliens.

L’appel du rabbin Wise en 1933 garde toute son actualité et c’est l’avenir du peuple juif qui est en jeu.

Après plus de 45 ans d’occupation pendant lesquelles Israël a exercé sa domination sur un autre peuple, le cancer raciste a pénétré dans les couches profondes de la société israélienne. Les judaïcités du monde doivent aider Israël à s’en délivrer. Il s’agit là, de toute évidence, d’une opération douloureuse. Cela nécessite un soutien actif au boycott des colonies racistes dans les Territoires occupés qui transforment Israël en un pays d’apartheid ; cela signifie le refus absolu de coopérer avec toux ceux qui sont liés au maintien des colonies : qu’ils soient ministre des Affaires étrangères ou chercheur, rabbin ou viticulteur.

Il ne faut négliger aucune action qui irait dans le sens d’une rupture claire entre le cœur d’Israël et les colonies dans les Territoires occupés. Les judaïcités de par le monde doivent assumer la mission que la génération actuelle leur impose : boycotter tout ce ou ceux qui ont un rapport avec les colonies et tenter ainsi de sauver Israël de sa politique.

Daniel BLATMAN professeur d’histoire contemporaine à l’université hébraïque de Jerusalem

Fish feeding on pork? Any link with Mad Cow epidemics? Otherwise, I don’t care…


We can stop porkfish from entering our markets!  Click the link and sign:

Sign the petition

Fish are  secretly raised on pork. Europe just decided to allow ground up pig meat into fish feed.

Avaaz claims that “The same fish feed the EC just authorised was banned in 1997 for its connection to Mad Cow Disease, a deadly epidemic that spread around the world…”

(Mad Cow was the result of feeding the herbivorous cows bones and left-over meat mixed in the fodder. Fish can eat fish and something else. Until further experiments, I should not eat fish fattened with pork meat.)

These kind of fish will be on the Middle East dinner plates, and there won’t be any labels to let us know that the fish we are eating and feeding our families were raised on pork!
Unless we raise a massive resistance now.

The new rules allowing pig meat into fish feed take effect in weeks and the European Commission is hoping that no one will notice. If we raise a massive outcry now, our governments will have every incentive to ban porkfish from entering our markets or risk a massive scandal!

The move to allow ground up pig meat into fish is dangerous.  There is no such thing in nature as a fish eating pork, but the European Commission is under serious pressure from lobbyists who want to make fish farming cheaper.

The European Commission needs to know that they are the ones who will lose if they allow our food to become secretly contaminated with pork. Our government officials could have a scandal on their hands if they’re seen as allowing pork-fed fish into our countries. 

If we let them know we demand a ban, they have every incentive to enact one and should the entire Middle East ban the import of these fish, Europe will lose a massive market and need to reconsider its decision.

Avaaz members have come together before to protect the natural world and our food system from dangerous meddling. Over 1 million of us spoke out against genetically modified food in Europe and another million of us have taken action against mutant salmon

We only have weeks left before pig meat enters our fish. Let’s send a strong message to our government officials to keep porkfish out of our markets  to force the European Commission to reverse the decision and to keep pork out of our fish. Sign the petition and share with all your friends:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/porkfish_en_fbb/?bFAfecb&v=22966

Dalia, Bissan, Marie, Rewan, Mais, Mohammad, Wissam, and the whole Avaaz team

More information:

1. As the Horsemeat Hysteria Spreads, E.U. Opens a Mad-Cow Can of Worms (TIME) http://world.time.com/2013/02/19/as-the-horsemeat-hysteria-spreads-e-u-opens-a-mad-cow-can-of-worms/
2. EU clears use of pigs, chicken in fish feed (France 24) http://www.france24.com/en/20130214-eu-clears-use-pigs-chicken-fish-feed
3. EU gives ‘untimely’ OK to pork, poultry in fish feed (EurActiv) http://www.euractiv.com/cap/eu-clears-pork-poultry-use-fish-news-517855
4. EC approves animal meat in fish (Food Production Daily) http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Supply-Chain/EC-approves-animal-meal-in-fish-food

The proposed budget for the EU for 2011 is 143 billion Euro, or 1.25 billion in addition to the one of 2010.  The money is to be allocated as follows: 45% for growth and employment, 31% for agriculture, 11% for rural development, environment and fishing; 6% for international action and aids; 6% for administrative expenses; and just 1% youth, security, and justice.

The socialist bloc in the European Parliament want the increase but the right-wing (majority in the Parliament) want a decrease in the budget.  The diplomatic services, agreed upon in the Lisbon treaty cost already 9.5 million Euro and additional 100 posts are programmed to be included in the services.  Three supervisory authorities are contemplated related to banks, insurance, and financial markets.  A center for crisis detection is in the pipeline. The financing of long-term projects such as the thermonuclear fusion reactor and the positioning satellite Galileo are uncertain.  The creation of a unified data-base for fighting against terrorism is no longer in the budget. The functioning of the European Commission is at the heart of the major critics of this budget: It costs 8.5 billion Euros and the expense of paying for the retreat of the personnel of over 61 of age has reached 1.3 billion Euros.


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