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Policy issues concerning European Union

The European Commission has proposed that solidarity and social protection should be built on so as to smooth the impact of the economic crisis and to help recovery.  In its proposals for the Report on Social Protection and Social Inclusion 2009 to be agreed by the Council of Minister dealing with employment, social policy, health and consumer protection (known as EPSCO) the Commission has identified ten key messages to be accepted by governmen

A second CRE was announced by Minister Brendan Howlin in his Budget speech on 15 October 2013 and this Review is intended to update the multi-annual expenditure ceilings for the succeeding three year period 2015 – 2017.

Solidarity was at the core of the establishment of the European Union which also sought to promote pluralism, non-discrimination and tolerance. These were seen as promoting human dignity, freedom, democracy and respect for human rights.

The development of the EU has been strongly portrayed as a peace process.  It has been effective in that regard and has contributed to the process of bringing democratic stabilisation to some high-risk regions of Europe. 

2003 June 9: CORI Justice Commission publishes its submission on private property. This submission has been sent to the All-Party Committee on the Constitution

In making this submission we approach the issue:
· A social justice perspective drawn from Catholic Social Thought 
which has a long tradition of addressing this and related issues.
· From a rights-based perspective believing that every person

2003, July 18th: Final draft of the new EU Treaty presented to the Italian Presidency of the EU by the Convention on the Future of Europe.

1. The Union's aim is to promote peace, its values and the well-being of its peoples. 
2. The Union shall offer its citizens an area of freedom, security and justice without internal 
frontiers, and a single market where competition is free and undistorted.

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