Issue 362 | 4 February 2013
Financial transaction tax, sound science, basic banking services and more...
In an exclusive interview with The Parliament Magazine, EU taxation commissioner Algirdas Šemeta tells us he that hopes the use of enhanced cooperation to introduce a financial transaction tax will pave the way for a more harmonised approach to tax in the EU and beyond. He says that "this is the first time our member states have agreed to allow a harmonised tax", adding that it is, "an historical event because it breaks unanimity rule". "We have to take into account the need for a more coordinated approach in various areas of taxation," he warns, highlighting that policymakers "should not be scared to use treaty tools like enhanced cooperation". Šemeta adds that the introduction of the tax could ultimately help to restore citizens' confidence in the financial sector, which would help to "boost lending" and "contribute to growth and jobs".
It’s time to scratch the surface, and recognise that advanced plant breeding methods, including GM crops, can really make a positive impact, writes Julian Little.
MEPs have the chance to support innovation and evidence-based authorisation procedures when they meet next week in Strasbourg, says Pedro Narro Sanchez.
The EU must do more to tackle the problem of particulate matter (PM), argues Jaume Loffredo.