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21 November 2017

Commission draws misleading conclusions on arbitration

The European Commission is misleading EU member state citizens by representing public support for arbitration in much too positive a light. That was the conclusion drawn by a collective of social organisations following an in-depth study of the Commission's research. The SP is asking the Commission to redo its work.

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21 November 2017

Medicines should be affordable for all

Medicines should be available at normal prices. That's why the SP today joined the Green Left and Labour Party (PvdA) in endorsing a plan to break the power of the pharmaceutical industry, as SP Member of Parliament Nine Kooiman explains: “ It's high time that we restricted the power of Big Pharma,” she insists. “Prices are sky-high, which puts the accessibility of medicines under pressure. At the same time ridiculously high profits are being made by the industry on drugs developed with public money. That's why our three parties are making a number of common proposals aimed at pegging back the power of the pharmaceutical industry, creating greater transparency and giving the state a bigger role in order to make medicines once again more affordable for everyone.”

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21 November 2017

SP Euro-MP Dennis de Jong supports agreement on consumer protection

Today the vote was held in the European Parliament on new rules governing consumer protection in relation to digital content. Products involved include software, DVDs and apps, as well as online services such as those stored in the cloud. Explaining why he voted in favour of the new measures, SP Euro-MP Dennis Dennis de Jong said: “Normally the SP is very reluctant to approve total harmonisation of consumer law, because it means that in the Netherlands we can't agree any laws which deviate from the EU norm, even if this would represent an improvement for the consumer. The outcome of the long negotiations in the European Parliament is, however, so beneficial to Dutch consumers that I was able to vote in favour. With these regulations, as drawn up by the EP, everyone will know what his or her rights are, wherever in the EU they bought their software. That's a gain, especially when you consider that these products are often bought and sold online, when international borders play less of a role.”

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20 November 2017

Europe in high tempo

The media failed to really take the measure of Jean-Claude Juncker’s recent State of the Union address, while the package of measures which accompanied it was completely ignored. Yet it threatens the citizens of the EU’s member states with penury and distress, argue Dennis de Jong and Renske Leijten, more so than ever before. “I’ve never seen Brussels go this far before,” says De Jong.

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20 November 2017

European Commission opens direct attack on national democracy

A local authority decides to try to prevent child abuse in daycare centres by granting a permit to groups wanting to provide this service only if they can guarantee that a minimum of two workers will be in attendance at all times. Until now you could take such a decision, provided you informed the European Commission, which was required because service providers who cannot provide two workers at all times would be excluded, restricting the free movement of services. But as long as you didn't hear anything from the Commission, you could go ahead.

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16 November 2017

Emile Roemer: Give us our money back

Shell and the employers’ organisation VNO-NCW want it. That’s all the support needed for a gift of €1,400 million to foreign investors and tax services.

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8 November 2017

European Commission’s proposals on regional transport: yet more liberalisation

SP Euro-MP Dennis de Jong will oppose the proposals on local and regional transport services presented today by the European Commission.

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7 November 2017

Roemer: End tax deals for multinationals

SP leader Emile Roemer is urging the government to put a stop to tax agreements with multinationals, as long as uncertainty exists as to whether all of laws are being adhered to. “Everyone has to pay normal tax in the Netherlands, apart apparently from the  multinationals,” he says. “For them the red carpet’s rolled out and agreements are made so that they can pay the least tax possible. Because of this the Netherlands is missing out on at least €5.5 billion.   That money could enable us to eliminate the need to pay part of their health care costs at point of care and increase people’s wages.  No more sweetheart deals: put people before multinationals.”

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1 November 2017

Roemer: 'Not for multinationals, but for each other'

SP leader Emile Roemer addressed Parliament today, giving a detailed critique of the new government’s policies and continuing to outline those of the SP and the left opposition. Naturally enough most of this critique concerned domestic policies, but Roemer also touched upon a number of matters with an international dimension.

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