IS REFERENDUM... THE NEW TOOL OF CHOICE

Apart from Switzerland, European countries do not frequently include their citizens in the law- and decision-making process. Since the 1970’s, referendums on the European integration have occurred in several member and non-member states. Three different types of referendums can be distinguished: accession referendums, treaty-ratification referendums, and European issues related referendums. Forty-one referendums have been conducted on European issues in almost twenty countries.

NEXIT, FREXIT, DENXIT, SWEDXIT, AUSXIT….

Britain's vote to leave the European Union has fired up populist eurosceptic parties across the continent , giving fresh voice to their calls to leave the bloc or its euro  currency.

Right-wing and anti-immigrant parties in the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and France demand referendums on membership of the union, while Italy's 5-Star movement says it would pursue its own proposal for a vote on the euro.

L’EUROPE A BESOIN DE NATIONS FORTES !!!

Author : Bruno Lemaire, Discours à Berlin on 9 May 2016, Journée de l'Europe

"Europe devrait rimer avec puissance économique, avec démocratie, avec solidarité. Europe rime avec crise, avec montée des extrêmes, avec repli sur soi. En Pologne, en Hongrie, en République tchèque, en Finlande, mais aussi en France et en Allemagne, le populisme progresse, sous des masques différents, mais avec la même grimace de dégoût devant la construction européenne. Chacun le voit : nous sommes dans une impasse européenne. Nous devons en sortir au plus vite. 

BRITAIN HAS SPOKEN !!!

Britain has spoken – and it has voted to leave the European Union: 52% of voters elected to Leave the European Union, while 48% opted to Remain.

Despite Euroscepticism in other countries, leaders may see this decision gives the EU a chance to redouble its efforts towards further integration and to restore a greater level of coherence to key policy areas. The fears in Brussels will be that the unity of Europe starts to unravel, putting economic stability and security at risk.

HOW MUCH DOES THE EU COST THE UK ?

In 2014, the UK's official gross payments to the EU amounted to £ 19.1 billion but the UK receives an automatic rebate of £ 4.4 billion. This means £ 14.7 billion was transferred from the UK to the EU in official payments.

The UK public sector also receives from the EU

  1. £ 1.1 billion (European Regional Development Fund)
  2. £ 2.3 billion (European Agricultural Guarantee Fund)

This gives a nert contribution of £ 9.9 billion.

FRANCHISING ON THE EU MARKET

Number of Franchising Systems in Europe (2014 Est.)

  1. Turkey: 1840
  2. France: 1796
  3. Spain: 1199
  4. Germany: 990
  5. Italy: 939
  6. Poland: 930
  7. United Kingdom: 930
  8. Netherlands: 769
  9. Sweden: 700
  10. Portugal: 578
  11. Greece: 456
  12. Austria: 445
  13. Hungary: 361
  14. Belgium: 350
  15. Finland: 294
  16. Switzerland: 275
  17. Czech Rep: 219
  18. Denmark: 188
  19. Croatia: 180
  20. Slovenia: 109
  21. Slovakia: 80

Total: 13627

SPEECH BY PRESIDENT JUNCKER AT THE 20TH SAINT PETERSBURG ECONOMIC FORUM 2016

Saint Petersburg, 16 June 2016

I would like to thank the Forum for its invitation, and to thank also all the people you never see who have organised this event. This year marks your 20th anniversary, and I offer you my congratulations and best wishes for the future.

Over the last two decades, this Forum has become a meeting point for business and politics. This year is no different. You have brought together more than 800 politicians and business leaders from every corner of the globe.

First, I would like to say a few words about why I am here today.

BREXIT: THE AFTERMATH

Potential Consequences of the UK votes to leave the EU on 23 June.

As of 14 June 2016: Leave 53% Stay: 47%

IN SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT JUNCKER’S VISIT TO RUSSIA

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker will take part on 16 June 2016 in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Mr. Juncker will use this opportunity to convey to the Russian leadership, as well as the wider audience, the EU's perspective regarding the current state of the EU-Russian relations.

AIM ANTI-COUNTERFEITING COMMITTEE

AIM is the European Brands Association. It represents brand manufacturers in Europe on key issues which affect their ability to design, distribute and market their brands. AIM’s membership groups some 1800 companies of all sizes through corporate members and national associations in 21 countries. EU consumers spent 640 billion Euro on food, drink, home and personal care brands alone in 2012.

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