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Trafficking migrants – The new “social” business?
The humanitarian tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea where last year more than 3500 people lost their lives is a form of “social” business with huge profits and benefits for those who organise the traffic: if refugees are ready and able to pay between $6000 and $8000 for their passage, one ship load can earn a net profit of more than $1 million. Human trafficking feeds an industry which is informal and is built on the exploitation of the most vulnerable: people fleeing wars in Syria and elsewhere. And, by the way, fleeing the war was also the reason why millions of refugees travelled across Europe during and after the 2nd World War. It may be appropriate to recall this historical fact in the heated debate in Europe.
TTIP on the agenda in Brussels and Berlin
This week, TTIP was back on the agenda of the European Parliament. The Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) decided on the timetable to prepare its opinion on the TTIP report of the International Trade Committee (INTA) which will be voted on in May in plenary. The Culture and Education Committee (CULT) also presented its draft opinion which will be discussed in the next meeting.
SOLIDAR stressed again its main concerns regarding TTIP in a letter to the INTA rapporteur Bernd Lange and EMPL opinion rapporteur Marian Harkin. Besides our concerns regarding the transparency of the negotiation process and the question of the dispute settlement mechanism, SOLIDAR stresses three major points:
SOLIDAR mobilising for Social Justice at the World Social Forum in Tunis!
SOLIDAR is participating at the World Social Forum that this year will take place in Tunis from the 24 to 28 March.
SOLIDAR and members will engage with key regional allies such as the Global Progressive Forum, The Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), the Euromed Platform, as well as trade unions and progressive political forces to mobilise for social justice globally.
Non-formal and informal learning and VET helping to fight early school leaving, child poverty and youth unemployment
On 26 February the European Parliaments’ Committee on Culture and Education together with the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs organised a joint Public Hearing on “The reform of the educational systems in Europe as a way to fight early school leaving, child poverty and youth unemployment” at a time when the numbers of jobless youth and people falling into poverty are growing drastically. It is essential to find supporting measures and redesign the current systems to make them more inclusive and supportive for learners.