Why QCEA is Working on Economic Justice
Quakers believe in the equality of all people. Arising from this, Quakers long held a concern about economic justice, reconciliation, and the right sharing of world resources. This is one of the 5 key focus areas of the QCEA work programme. The details in terms of the specific work we have done and are doing changes over time and reflects the fact that we engage with the political agenda of the EU and Council of Europe institutions in order to ensure that our work is relevant and has a chance of being heard.
Much of our work could fit under the umbrella of two or even three of our key focus areas. This is no different in the case of work that we list here which, in each case, also fits with other programmes.
Mainstreaming Conflict Prevention
QCEA has been studying how the EU mainstreams conflict prevention in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries with whom the EU has a special relationship and we have published two reports on the topic.
Corporate Social Responsibility
In 2003, QCEA worked on the issue of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and put together several related webpages.
EU and External Trade
In 2003, QCEA produced a collection of briefing papers on aspects of the EU’s external trade relations. They attempt to tackle the basic characteristics of EU trade policy and avoid focusing on areas that are too time-sensitive.
The EU Multiannual Financial Framework and Budget Review
In 2006, when the EU agreed its last medium term (multiannual) financial framework, it also committed itself to a fundamental review of the budget.
QCEA has worked on this issue since that review was launched in 2007. We believe that the structure and financing of the EU budget has significant impact on economic justice both within the EU and beyond.
EU Consultation on Energy and a European Strategy for Sustainable, Competitive and Secure Energy
In 2006, the European Commission had a public consultation to inform the development of a European Energy Policy.
QCEA was disappointed by some of the content of the Green Paper and responded to the consultation.
Engagement with the European Investment Bank
The European Investment Bank is based in Luxembourg and is owned by the 27 Member States of the European Union. It makes significant investments both with the EU and in other countries and therefore plays an important role in terms of the EU’s economic reach.