Briefing paper: EU Trade with Israeli Settlements

The EU plays a significant economic role in both Israel and Palestine. QCEA are currently working for an import ban on EU trade with Israeli settlements as we are aware that settlement produce is routinely mislabeled to gain access to the EU market at preferential tax rates reserved for Israeli goods within the 1967 borders. QCEA undertook […]

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Consultation response: social protection in EU development cooperation

Social protection is an important issue, for developed economies as much as for developing ones. At a time when social protection in developed economies (including those of the EU) are coming under increasing pressure, it is important that the EU accepts the importance of social protection as part of poverty reduction strategies in developing and […]

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Concerns about Ethics in European Research Policy

The European Union spends significant amounts of public money on research. This is currently done under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7); but there is also funding for research coming from other EU budgets. The main areas of research funded under FP7 are: Health Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology Information and Communication Technologies Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Materials and […]

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Consultation response: EU project bonds

The Europe 2020 Project Bond Initiative proposes to provide European Investment Bank support to private sector companies issuing bonds to finance large-scale (transport, energy, ICT) infrastructure projects. In underwriting a significant component of the project financing, this proposal is a blatant attempt to transfer the private sector risk of these projects on to the already […]

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Consultation response: towards a common strategic framework for EU research and innovation funding

How should the Common Strategic Framework make EU research and innovation more attractive and easy to access for participants? From the Quaker Council for European Affair’s point of view, it is not the ease of access and attractiveness per se that is important. What is important is to attract the kind of research that will […]

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A Quaker Vision of Europe

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As members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), one of the peace churches, we believe in that of God in everyone. We believe in non-violent approaches to conflict resolution, in the intrinsic equality of all people everywhere, and in a sustainable way of life for everyone that the one earth we share can support. […]

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Briefing paper: Corporate Social Responsibility

Given the comparative sizes of development aid and Foreign Direct Investment, it seems absolutely necessary that Europe develops ways in which European companies aid the sustainable development and respect for human rights in all of the countries in which they have an influence, both in Europe and in the developing world. Quakers have a long […]

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