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Government could substantially increase the resources available to finance social housing by invoking the structural reform clause contained in the EU’s Stability and Growth Pact.This clause allows Government’s to cater for the short-term costs of implementing structural reforms that will have long-term positive budgetary effects.

Social Justice Ireland today (April 4, 2016) presents its latest EU-wide study to the EU's Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels. Entitled 'Europe: A Union for the Powerless as well as the Powerful' it analyses what has been happening in all 28 EU countries on issues such as poverty, unemployment, services and taxation.

Europe: A Union for the Powerless as well as the Powerful? Review of the Social Situation in Europe and Considerations for a More Sustainable and Inclusive Future is the fourth report in Social Justice Ireland's European Research Series. This report adresses a series of key issues including unemployment, social investment, taxation and poverty and social exclusion across the EU 28 member states.  The report identifies key trends and makes policy proposals in key areas.

European Commission publication on making the best use of flexibility within the existing Stability and Growth Pact rules.
 

A new study from Social Justice Ireland published January 14th, 2013, shows that Ireland is further away from achieving its targets on employment, poverty and social inclusion than it was when these targets were originally set two years previously.

The European Commission has proposed an action plan to tackle the issues of corporate tax evasion and fraud in the EU. Such evasion and fraud by major companies are believed to cost European governments up to €1trillion a year.

The action plan sets out 30 new measures to close loopholes and increase information exchange. The European Commission has also called on EU-member countries to implement the current EU code of conduct on business taxation as soon as possible.

Background

A joint OECD and European Commission report on Health expenditure.

In September 2012, the IMF published its Article IV Country Report for Ireland as well as its Seventh Quarterly Review under the Bailout Agreement. 

Ireland: 2012 Article IV and Seventh Review Under the Extended Arrangement—Staff 
Report; Informational Annex, Staff Supplement; and Public Information Notice 
 
The following documents have been released and are included in this package: 
 
 The staff report for the 2012 Article IV consultation, prepared by a staff team of the IMF, 
following discussions that ended on July 18, 2012, with the officials of Ireland on economic 

In its draft 7th review of Ireland the European Commission is ignoring the key issue that jobs are not being created on the scale required and that the bailout process is failing to address both the employment and unemployment problems. 

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