Building a better, sustainable Europe

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Because overwhelmed with short term priorities that seem to fall over our heads day after day, we sometimes miss the essential and fail to see the obvious. Today, the critics on European Union blow out from everywhere so the question might be : how to make Europe a better place ?

Whereas it is sometimes tempting to deny the system as a whole, we believe that Europe should go forward with what was built, and concentrate on finding out the small changes that will reverse the situation. This is what we call innovation.

Innovation is about taking something as it is and introducing a new element that somehow, will make the difference in a positive way. It is about looking for constructive changes instead of going backyard, turning around again and again.

To carry us safely towards the future, innovation has to be associated with sustainable development, which supposes environmental, economical and social balance. It has to be fostered by healthy competition and transparency.

Nowadays, innovation is threatened by established corporations intrusion into public administration and law making process. They lobby to maintain old models and jeopardize our future, preventing new actors from accessing the market, controlling access to vital information, curbing the diffusion of innovative technologies.

They push for strong intellectual property rights, pretending fighting against counterfeiting whereas their ultimate objectives are to overthrow competition and cut off knowledge sharing.

By collateral effect, they run over fundamental rights such as freedom of speech and information, protection of privacy and personal data, fair trial and due process, access to health and medicine, environment protection. They sequestrate independence of governments and national security.

A perfect illustration can be found in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) luckily rejected by the European Parliament in July 2012. Nothing more, nothing less.

Except that innovation is not only about scientific and technical progress, but also about rethinking the way our society is built. Considering the above.. And getting back to our initial concern - the European challenge : rethinking European democracy might be a good start.. And guess what ? It is currently happening.

A spontaneous worldwide movement. Citizens, SMEs, academics.. All together now standing up to defend their rights at global scale. How about us ?

By A. M. Combes

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