Friday 9 December 2016

Staking a claim in the future of our country

Published 07/12/2010 | 05:00

Commissioner Olli Rehn: urged to protect values that have been at the heart of building European political cooperation
Commissioner Olli Rehn: urged to protect values that have been at the heart of building European political cooperation

DEAR Commissioner Olli Rehn, Claiming our Future is an initiative which has brought together a broad cross-section of Irish civil society to agree and progress the values and policy priorities which would allow Ireland to emerge from its current economic and social crisis as a more equal and sustainable society.

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A meeting of more than one thousand people, organised last month by Claiming our Future, agreed the need for equality and environmental sustainability to underpin any policy response to the economic and social crisis.

We are concerned at the role played by the EU in the negotiation of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Irish Government. We wish to draw your attention to a number of areas where we believe the EU participation in the National Recovery Plan and the Memorandum of Understanding is in breach of the EU treaties and in contradiction with the 'Europe 2020' policy strategy of the European Commission.

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