The Welfare State - At the Mercy of the Financial Markets?

VerdiConference : June 21, 2013 Berlin

Within the context of international social solidarity justice plays an important emancipatory role.

The conference will discuss this role. Individual civic, economic, social and cultural rights must be preserved and protected.

If need be, the judiciary system has to ensure that the citizens can enjoy these rights when globalisation and lowering standards endanger their implementation.

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Implementing Labor Law

MEDELPatrick Henriot about Implementing Labor law: "Pour prévenir les dégâts irréparables des licenciements boursiers, qui n'obéissent qu'à une logique financière, il faut que la loi donne au juge le pouvoir de les empêcher avant qu'ils ne soient prononcés".

Extrait du film de Thomas Lacoste : "Notre Monde".

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Fundamental rights are put in question by the destruction of Public Services

EURO1. The financial and economic crisis that since 2008 has been affecting Europe, has forced many European countries to seek financial assistance from international institutions such as the European Commission, the European Central Bank or the International Monetary Fund.

These institutions have imposed a series of austerity measures that the countries assisted must implement, many of which are directed to the reduction of public expenditure. In accordance to those demands, many States like Greece, Portugal and Spain have implemented severe reductions in the budget of public services.

However, those States did not properly consider the specific situation of the public service of justice and of judges and prosecutors, and the fact that the functions of the latter are essential to the guarantee of the rights and liberties of citizens specially in this situation in which the most essential rights are being put in risk.

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Justice in front of economic crisis

cochereaupolitics.iVILAMOURA MANIFESTO

1. Medel's ambition is inspired by a civil society model: the principle goals of this association are to defend the independence of the judiciary power both with respect to any other power and to any particular interest, to ensure an unconditional respect for the values of democracy and the Rule of Law, to defend minority rights and divergent groups in perspective of social emancipation of the weakest.

Defend the independence of justice for the equality of citizens before the law.

2. The effectiveness of these rights depends on the people and institutions responsible for their application.

It is the role of the judiciary in particular to ensure fundamental rights and to prosecute criminal activity. In a crisis, the action of the administrative and financial courts is essential to ensure the legality and regularity of public resource allocation.

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Class action

MEDELPosition of MEDEL on class action. Réponse à la consultation sur l'action de groupe (29 février 2008).

Dans sa réponse au Livre vert, MEDEL souligne l'importance prioritaire que revêtent à cet égard les actions collectives et de groupe.

 

Justice facing the crisis of the Welfare state

soleil1.iBrussels, December 9-10th, 2010

Program


Paper of Antonio Cluny : what has been happening around the financial measures decreed by states and imposed by the EU financial orthodoxy on the expenditure with salaries and social rights envisaged in European treaties, in national Constitutions and laws, cannot be seen in any other way than as a radical rupture of rather evident principles and concepts within the legal order in existence until today.

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Labor law in XXI century

SoleilLabor law, the fight against discrimination, new forms of labor relations, the role of unions, the flexibility and challenges of law, the appearance of a massive subcontracting...

All these topics were treated during two days of "Labor law in the XXI century", held in Palma de Mallorca, 22 and 23 January 2009.

Aujourd'hui plus que jamais, faire face de la manière la plus réaliste aux insécurités, c'est combattre les facteurs de dissociation sociale qui sont à l'origine de l'insécurité civile aussi bien que de l'insécurité sociale (Robert CASTEL, L'insécurité sociale. Qu'est-ce qu'être protégé?, Seuil, 2003).

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The future of labour law

Le temps des cerisesMedel has responded to the consultation about the Green Book Modernising labour law to meet the challenges of the 21Green Book Modernising labour law to meet the challenges of the 21st century  with a critical text.

Medel's response draws attention to a context in which the Green Book is proposed for reflexion. It criticizes the philosophy of the Commission's project: the modernization of the Labour law can not be limited to the issue of employment and even less to the question of “Flexisecurity”.

It demonstrates that other approaches are possible by providing concrete examples. The responses to the questions of the Commission often betray the often deceitful character of their formulation.

Medel's comments namely make reference to the report " Beyond Employment", facilitated by Mr. Supiot and presented to the Commission in 1999. They also draw on the works of the Council of Europe, which have brought to light the dangers of Flexisecurity for social cohesion.

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Consumer's law

MEDELMedel took the initiative of a Seminar in Florence (IT), on the Draft Green Book pertaining to the Acquis Communautaire in the area of consumer law on March 31st, 2007.

Séminaire à Florence (IT), sur le projet de livre vert relatif aux acquis communautaires en matière de droit de la consommation (31 mars 2007)

La réponse de Medel au livre vert.

Version italienne de la réponse.

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