Open letter to EU leaders

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Dear EU leaders

The soaring cost of food and energy is plunging families across Europe into a cost-of-living crisis triggered by Covid-19-induced supply chain disruptions and worsened by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The European Commission has proposed solutions, such as caps on profits from energy production. These short-term solutions are needed but must be complemented with a longer-term approach.

As civil society organisations, think tanks and trade unions, supported by academics from across the European Union, we believe this approach must address the underlying structural problems of our economic system. The economy is not delivering for most people in Europe, for younger generations and for our planet. Long-term solutions include rapid progress on the EU tax agenda, including a genuine reform of environmental taxes, as well as a deep reform of the EU’s fiscal framework – to support redistributive policies and a just green transition.

To ensure equity and justice, the wealthiest should carry the heaviest burden. We are urging you to tax polluting activities. The tax system must be strengthened, with socially balanced and progressive taxes. The richest should contribute the most and an ambitious and strict minimum corporate tax rate should be established across the EU to ensure the economy works for all. Without an ambitious progressive and gender-just taxation agenda, inequalities will continue to deepen, and the economy will continue to disproportionately benefit the wealthiest.

The Stability and Growth Pact – the rules that regulate national budgets – must be amended through a democratic and open process. Reform of such importance must not happen behind closed doors and instead should follow a democratic and transparent process that includes a formal role for the European Parliament (ordinary legislative procedure).

With the European Commission soon to launch its proposals to reform the EU’s economic governance, especially regarding fiscal rules, there is a unique opportunity to start a fresh chapter in European economic policy-making. This new chapter must ensure the EU’s fiscal rules are consistent with agreed EU macro-economic, social, and environmental goals, and establish a new approach to member state fiscal policies. Therefore, we are calling upon you to ensure the following principles are at the core of the reform:

  • Build a future-proof economy with jobs for all – Allow fiscal flexibility to target a fully employed economy with decent and well-paid clean jobs available to all.
  • Fill the green funding gap and make Europe energy independent from fossil fuels – Targeted and scaled-up green public investment is needed to remain below the 1.5 Celsius goal of the Paris Climate Agreement. A reformed fiscal framework should ensure the alignment of Member States’ public spending with the Paris Climate Agreement, as well as other environmental objectives including reducing resource use and zero pollution.
  • Reinvest in public services and social protection – Social expenditure must guarantee universal access to quality basic public services, as well as a social safety net, so no one falls through the cracks and the care economy is central.
  • Target human, economic and environmental well-being – Make durable well-being the primary objective of EU economic policy by establishing adequate indicators within the EU’s fiscal policy framework and making sure the rules do not translate again into austerity. Economic growth as a primary objective does not work and governments should rather aim to achieve improved human, economic and environmental outcomes.

Given environmental breakdown is a prolonged and structural crisis, rather than a temporary one, preemptive spending and investment today is a must. It will also mean guaranteeing a good quality of life for all, better public services, and a more sustainable ecosystem for future generations.

The new European economic governance framework and ambitious common taxation rules need to be fit for the decades to come. If designed in the right way, they could reduce social inequalities, reinvigorate trust in the EU and democratic institutions, and help build bridges between the people of Europe.

With this review, we have an opportunity to design a fairer system built around a future-proof economy with jobs for all, solidarity and sustainability. we urge you to seize that opportunity without further delays.

Yours sincerely, 180 signatories: trade unions, civil society organisations, think tanks and academics

Trade Unions

  1. Arbeiterkammer, Austria
  2. Confederation of Christian Trade Unions (ACV-CSC), Belgium
  3. European Trade Union Confederation, European organisation
  4. European Trade Union Federation representing retired, pensioners and elderly people (Ferpa), European organisation
  5. Finnish Confederation of Professionals (STTK), Finland
  6. General Union of Workers (UGT), Spain
  7. IndustriAll Europe, International organisation
  8. Italian General Confederation of Labour (CGIL), Italy
  9. Italian Labour Union (UIL), Italy
  10. La Confédération française démocratique du travail (CFDT), France
  11. The Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB), Austria
  12. The General Confederation of Liberal Trade Unions of Belgium (ACLVB-CGSLB), Belgium

Civil Society

  1. Bond Beter Leefmillieu, Belgium
  2. Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz e.v., Germany
  3. CATAPA, Belgium
  4. CEEweb for Biodiversity, Hungary
  5. Clean Air Action Group, Hungary
  6. Climate Action Network Europe, European organisation
  7. CNCD-11.11.11, Belgum
  8. Czw Climaxi, Belgium
  9. Degrowth Collective Toronto, Canada
  10. Deutscher Naturschutzring, Germany
  11. Electra Energy Cooperative, Greece
  12. Eurodiaconia, European organisation
  13. European Anti-Poverty Network, European organisation
  14. European Environmental Bureau, European organisation
  15. European Youth Forum, European organisation
  16. Federation of Environmental Organisations in Cyprus (FEOC NGOs), Cyprus
  17. Finance Watch, European organisation
  18. FiscalFuture, Germany
  19. France Nature Environment, France
  20. Fridays for Future, Sweden
  21. Friends of the Earth Europe, European organisation
  22. Green Liberty, Latvia
  23. Greenpeace, European organisation
  24. Greentervention, European organisation
  25. Lifelong Learning Platform, European organisation
  26. Mange Ram Adhana, India
  27. Mensa Civica, Spain
  28. Naturefriends Greece, Greece
  29. Naturfreunde Internationale, International organisation
  30. Nyt Europa, Denmark
  31. OBESSU – Organising Bureau of European School Student Union, Denmark
  32. Oikos – Cooperação e Desenvolvimento, International organisation
  33. OXYFIN, Belgium
  34. Polish Zero Waste Association, Poland
  35. Positive Money, United Kingdom
  36. PowerSchift e.V., Germany
  37. Public Association Republican Center “Gutta-Club”, Czech Republic
  38. Rural Area Development Programme (RADP), Nepal
  39. SDG Watch Europe, European organisation
  40. Social Platform, European organisation
  41. Solidar, European organisation
  42. SumOfUs, International organisation
  43. TDM 2000 International, Italy
  44. Umanotera, Czech Republic
  45. Umweltdachverband, Austria
  46. Urgenda Foundation, Netherlands
  47. VšĮ “Žiedinė ekonomika”, Lithuania
  48. WEED – World Economy, Ecology and Development, Germany
  49. Womens Empowerment Against Poverty of Nepal (WEAPoN), Nepal
  50. WWF Latvia, Latvia
  51. Young European Federalists (JEF Europe), European organisation
  52. Youth Express Network, France
  53. ZERO – Association for Sustainability of the Earth System, Portugal

Think Tanks

  1. Association for Promotion Sustainable Development, India
  2. Eco-union, Spain
  3. European Economists for an Alternative Economic Policy in Europe, European organisation
  4. Feasta, Ireland
  5. Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), European organisation
  6. Modern Money Network, United States
  7. Nevin Economic Research Institute, Ireland
  8. New Economics Foundation, United Kingdom
  9. Nicos Poulantzas Institute, International organisation
  10. Our New Economy, International organisation
  11. Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PIME), United Kingdom
  12. Sustainable Finance Lab and Erasmus University Rotterdam, International organisation
  13. Transnational Institute, Netherlands
  14. Trinità dei Monti, Italy
  15. Veblen Institute for Economic Reforms, France
  16. Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, Austria


  1. Abderrahim Taamouti, Liverpool University, United Kingdom
  2. Alessio Moneta, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy
  3. Alexander Guschanski, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
  4. Andrew Jackson, University of Surrey, United Kingdom
  5. Angela Pérez , Friedrich Alexander Universität , Germany
  6. Apostolos Vetsikas, University of Thessaly, Greece
  7. Bastiaan van Apeldoorn, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  8. Bert de Vries, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  9. Christina Teipen, HWR Berlin, Germany
  10. Constantin Gurdgiev, Monfort College of Business, University of Northern Colorado, USA
  11. Daniele Tori, The Open University Business School, United Kingdom
  12. David Bokhorst, European University Institute, Netherlands
  13. David Cayla, University of Angers, France
  14. Deepa Driver, University of Reading, United Kingdom
  15. Dirk Ehnts, none, Germany
  16. Eladio Febrero, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
  17. Elke Weik, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  18. Emanuele Citera, St. Lawrence University, USA
  19. Ettore Gallo, The New School for Social Research, USA/Italy
  20. Felix FitzRoy, University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom
  21. Gary Dymski, University of Leeds, UK
  22. Giorgos Kallis, ICTA-UAB, Spain
  23. Giovanni Dosi, Sant’anna School of Advanced studies, Italy
  24. Gracjan Bachurewicz, Gdansk University of Technology, Poland
  25. Hans Schenk, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  26. Isabelle Ferreras, FNRS/UCLouvain/Royal Academy of Belgium, Belgium
  27. Jan Schulz-Gebhard, Plurale Ökonomik Bamberg, Germany
  28. Jason Hickel, ICTA-UAB, Spain
  29. Jayati Ghosh, University of Massachusetts Amherst, United States
  30. Jens van ‘t Klooster, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  31. Jeremy Leaman, Loughborough University, Emeritus Research Fellow, United Kingdom
  32. Jim Jin, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
  33. Jo Michell, University of the West of England, US
  34. Johannes Schmidt, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  35. Jonas Van der Slycken, Ghent University, Belgium
  36. Jonathan Perraton, Sheffield University, United Kingdom
  37. Jorge Uxó, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
  38. Joscha Wullweber, Witten/Herdecke University, Germany
  39. José Antonio Pérez Montiel, University of the Balearic Islands, Spain
  40. Josh Ryan-Collins, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, UK
  41. Klaas van Egmond, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  42. Ladislau Dowbor, PUC-SP, Brazil
  43. Laurence Scialom, université Paris Nanterre, France
  44. Lea Steininger, Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
  45. Lisa Herzog, University of Groningen, Netherlands
  46. Louison Cahen-Fourot, Roskilde University, Denmark
  47. Luisa Giuriato, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  48. Malcolm Sawyer, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  49. Marc Lavoie, University Sorbonne Paris Nord, France
  50. Marco Di Pietro, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  51. Marcus Miller, University of Warwick, UK
  52. Maria del Pilar Domec Espinoza, São Paulo State University (UNESP), Brazil
  53. Maria Nikolaidi, University of Greenwich, United Kingdom
  54. Marie-Annick BARTHE, Université de Paris Cité, France
  55. Marija Bartl, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  56. Mark Blyth Brown, University, USA
  57. Mark Sanders, Maastricht University, Netherlands
  58. Martina Metzger, Professor of Monetary Economics, Berlin School of Economics and Law / Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin, Germany
  59. Matthias Kranke, University of Kassel, Germany
  60. Mattia Pettena, University of Genoa, Italy
  61. Michael Edwards, University College London, UK
  62. Michael Landzelius , University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  63. Muhammad Ali Nasir, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  64. Neil Lancastle, De Montfort University, United Kingdom
  65. Nick Fitzpatrick, NOVA Lisbon, Portugal
  66. Nik de Boer, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  67. Olga Mikheeva, University College London, United Kingdom
  68. Ozlem Onaran, University of Greenwich, Institute of Political Economy, Governance, Finance and Accountability, United Kingdom
  69. Pasqualina Porretta, Sapienza, Italy
  70. Peter Adamovsky, University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia
  71. Philippe De Vreyer, Paris Sciences et Lettres – Université Paris-Dauphine, France
  72. Rebecca Rutt, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  73. Rens van Tilburg, Sustainable Finance Lab Utrecht University, Netherlands
  74. Richard J. White, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  75. Richard Murphy, Sheffield University Management School, United Kingdom
  76. Rick van der Ploeg, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  77. Robert Calvert Jump, University of Greenwich UK
  78. Roberto Grandinetti, University of Padova, Italy
  79. Rogier Claessen, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  80. Rosa Garcia-Hernández, UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Barcelona
  81. Rosaria Rita Canale, University of Naples “Parthenope”, Italy
  82. Sergio Rossi, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  83. Simon Mohun, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
  84. Simon Schairer, University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany
  85. Stefania Zanda, Sapienza, Italy
  86. Stephanie Manea, SOAS University of London, United Kingdom
  87. Stephen Keen, UCL, Netherlands
  88. Steve Keen, University College London, United Kingdom
  89. Sue Konzelmann, Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom
  90. Susan Himmelweit, Open University, United Kingdom
  91. Sylvain Zeghni, Université Gustave Eiffel, France
  92. Thibault Laurentjoye, Aalborg University Business School, Denmark
  93. Thomas E. Lambert, University of Louisville USA
  94. Thomas Lagoarde-Segot, KEDGE BS and SDSN France, France
  95. Tim Jackson University of Surrey, UK
  96. Ulrich Demmer, LMU Munich University, Institute of Social Anthropology, Germany
  97. Vincenzo Denicolò, University of Bologna, Italy
  98. Vivien A. Schmidt, Boston University and Luiss Guido Carli University, USA and Italy
  99. Yannis Dafermos, SOAS University of London, United Kingdom



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