ECO MANIFEST: SUSTAINABLE WELLNESS FOR ALL
Our vision of a sustainable society for all can be expressed through 10 general and related objectives:
1. Re-modelling the market for the benefit of people and the planet
The economic, social and environmental responsibility of businesses will ensure that the business sector respects certain minimum legitimate obligations to society. Better regulation and oversight of the financial sector, including a strong focus on law enforcement against financial crime and tax fraud, as well as the appointment of workers ‘representatives on the board of directors and public officials in banks’ councils will ensure that markets financial activity works for the benefit of people. In this way, more effective taxation of business profits (including a digital tax) can be ensured, and the fairness and adequate funding of public policies for collective welfare will be restored. There is a need for a social market economy that internalizes environmental costs, to correct systemic inequalities, corruption-induced problems and political thinking in short electoral cycles, or profit gained as quickly as possible.
2. Stimulating democracy
Stimulating democracy through a contract with citizens on “Sustainable democracy for all”, promoting a plan that includes strengthening trade unions, civil society, participatory democracy, transparency, full participation of women in economic and political life, upstream regional policies, press and independent justice. Public sector entities, as well as private entities working for the public sector, need to be transparent. ECO believes that it is a fundamental right of citizens to access, without explicit justification, all contracts and financial benefits related to the realization of public sector projects and services. Such a transparent approach greatly diminishes corruption.
3. New equity in income and wages
The launch of an action plan for fair pay and a strategy to reduce income inequality through progressive taxation is vital to bringing income inequality to decent levels.
4. Sustainable and technological transitions must not leave anyone behind
Social and environmental change will generate new, common progress for all through a broad-based approach to a fair transition that is systematically applied across all policy areas, regarding European climate and energy policy, sustainable industries and agriculture. Technological changes will be designed in such a way as to avoid other social or territorial inequalities and disturbances. Transitions from the old to the new jobs will be promoted through strong social investment and high-quality, accessible and affordable education and training for all.
5. New solidarity through fair taxation
Building social-ecological states of well-being and mitigating environmental inequalities are necessary to provide new forms of social protection against the ever-increasing consequences of climate change and the worsening of health damage caused by pollution. Reversing the trend of increasing inequality in wealth and financing poverty-oriented social policy initiatives can be achieved through a European tax on net wealth, a more progressive capital charge and a financial transaction tax.
6. Re-professionalization of the state, anti-corruption fight and Prohibition of mass surveillance
ECO advocates for generalised and comprehensive whistle-blower legislation that discloses issues of public interest, such as corruption, group interests, ethics or human rights violations. The ECO calls for denouncing the pressure exerted by interest groups or lobbyists on political decisions, in order to protect the democratic process indiscriminately and to make the source of political decisions transparent.
Public spaces are packed with video cameras that monitor the movement of people and vehicles, track faces and combine this information without considering the potential for privacy erosion. The data show that the presence of such systems has a reduced effect on the crime rate and that, at best, crime simply moves to other areas. ECOE encourages the transition of police personnel from the monitoring of images to the actual presence in public spaces.
7. Removing incorrect barriers to political participation
ECO wants citizens to have a greater and more direct impact on the political debate and decision-making process, both individually and collectively. We call for the removal of barriers to the participation of new political movements in the elections, such as the requirement to collect a burdensome number of signatures, and the total removal of the electoral threshold.
ECO will be at the core of its concerns for creating a global governance body (egg the UN, the World Economic Forum, etc.) that allows voting for “data of great importance” using the data provided by IM / links to solve major global problems.
The voting system could work similarly as the Reddit platform, where elected voters can “increase” or “drop” an opportunity of great importance. This would be the prioritization mechanism. Highest scores would get the top priority.
Those opportunities that receive “0” or “little” could not be of interest until a new examination.
This could create jobs for non-profit, private and public organizations through competition and/or collaboration, allowing for the rapid development of solutions. This allows us to prioritize and attack key issues such as climate change, with advanced technologies on a global scale. Finally, the policy for this voting body would require a super-vote; which would help to make truly global ethical decisions.
8. More democracy for Europe
ECO calls for the writing of a new European treaty that clarifies and replaces the current treaties and responds to the need for a reform of democracy within the Union, to be accepted by citizens by referendum.
The current legislative process in the EU is dominated by the executive (European Commission) over the legislature (European Parliament). ECO wants to rebalance power in European institutions, in favour of legislative deliberation.
9. Patents in the informational era
Although designed to stimulate innovation, patents have been a deterrent for most of history. Patenting knowledge in areas such as genetics, biotechnology, programming, turns these resources into a concrete threat to the future of our society.
Monopoly over plants and seeds, costly legal conflicts about patents often trivial, already demonstrate the undue price that both innovators and consumers must pay. Patent legislation will be reformed or replaced by an approach that will allow for free and fair markets.
The ECO, therefore, calls for the abolition of patents to be abolished.
10. Free knowledge
ECO supports the promotion of computer programs that can be used, analysed, disseminated and modified by anyone. Free programs and Creative Commons licenses are essential to give users control over their own systems and make a significant contribution to enhancing the autonomy and privacy of all users.
ECO argues that citizens’ data must be processed, managed and secured with free programs whenever possible. Ownership programs can only be used there / when free programs are motivated or are under maintenance.
ECO sees innovation as the key to developing cultural and intellectual wealth. We support the education of citizens about their right to information and free formats and programs in all types of education. The results of any research funded, in whole or in part, by public money must be published in scientific journals with free access or by other means which make them easily accessible to the public free of charge.
All data created for public use, regardless of origin, will be available to the general public if personal data is collected with the consent of the persons concerned. Such data should be made available in an appropriate form, which will also include a form for data processing. Access will be free of excessive fees, licenses or procedures or some technical means.