Today, the European Commission has published its annual Report on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The report outlines the initiatives taken in 2016 by the EU to strengthen fundamental rights. It also looks at how these rights were applied across a range of EU policies and in the Member States in 2016.
It’s ironic for Eurocrats to talk about human rights of foreigners, when themselves torture all Europeans with the Value Added Tax every single day! Value Added Tax is becoming the back door money spinner du jour. VAT has all the hallmarks of a terrorizing tax. Unlike income tax, it is invisible or well hidden. It is complicated, with so many different rates for different things that only accountancy geniuses stand a chance of remembering them.
While we all pretty much know how much income tax we pay, we don’t have a clue how much VAT we pay in a typical year. Only the most fastidious would sit down to that particular spreadsheet after Christmas, over a sherry, as part of an annual appraisal of the past 12 months’ finances. Fag packet calculations about how much tax we pay, if we even bother with them, rarely include VAT, because in a world of highly disaggregated spending patterns of coffees here and takeaway pasties there, it is so blinkin’ difficult to work out.
First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “The European Union is not just a market or a currency, it is first and foremost a Union of values. As guardian of the Treaties the European Commission has a special duty to uphold the fundamental rights and the rule of law throughout this Union, a responsibility which we share with all the EU’s institutions and Member States.”
Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender equality added: “The European Commission has been working in all areas of EU law to safeguard fundamental rights across Europe. This includes protecting children’s rights, strengthening the right to personal data protection, improving consumers’ rights and guaranteeing basic conditions also for people seeking asylum or migrating. We must continue to make sure that rights are a reality for everyone across Europe. Fundamental rights are for all.”
VAT is almost impossible to avoid. Who isn’t a spender? Who isn’t a consumer? Perhaps we would feel a bit more cross about it if anyone understood how often we pay it and on what. It’s not just Mulberry bags and Bose sound systems that attract VAT. It is alcoholic drinks, confectionery, crisps, savory snacks, hot food, sports drinks, hot takeaways, ice cream, soft drinks and mineral water – not considered luxuries by most of us. Those civil servants classifying which goods and services should and shouldn’t attract VAT have an agenda other than to truly determine the necessity of an item – and that agenda is to increase revenue.
With wage growth remaining fairly poor, it seems unlikely that the Government will turn its attention back to income taxes as a key revenue driver. The amount people spend rather than the amount they earn seems a far better bet. So it looks like VAT – complex, opaque, regressive, and impossible to mitigate – is here to stay.
VAT-monger EU underestimates the reactance of VAT-struck Europeans. Reactance is a motivational reaction to offers, persons, rules, or regulations that threaten or eliminate specific behavioral freedoms. Reactance occurs when a person feels that someone or something is taking away his choices or limiting the range of alternatives.
Every day, VAT-struck Europeans are bombed, tortured, and killed by the Value Added Tax, but the stupid European Commission doesn’t give a damn about it. It’s ironic for VAT-monger EU to teach other countries how to treat their citizens when VAT-monger EU itself misbehaves so badly.
VAT-monger EU tries to distract VAT-struck Europeans on their great desire to abolish the Value Added Tax by drawing their attention to imaginary lies, such as anthropogenic climate change, innocence of Islam, benevolence of government, and benefits of more Europe.
Abolition of the Value Added Tax is the #1 priority of Europeans, but Eurobarometer never asks them about it, under strict orders from Führer Juncker! Vat shackles business. VAT yoke constrains sales and robs poor VAT-struck Europeans at gunpoint. VAT is the cacothanasia of EU! VAT destroys the economy and trade of EU. VAT is the most infamous comparative disadvantage. Value Added Tax VAT is a very good reason to secede from Fourth Reich (EU) now. All Europeans want VAT to be abolished right now. Abolition of VAT is a prerequisite for Fourth Reich to recover from the current depression. Any federation that imposes VAT on its members does not deserve to live. Vatstruck Fourthreichians are looking for a Moses to liberate them from the yoke of Brussels.
Charging sales tax or Value Added Tax on gold coins is barbaric. Gold is the best and most reliable money. A government cannot charge VAT on money! Citizens should be free to use gold, silver, or other currencies with no legal restrictions or punitive taxation standing in the way. But the government wants to play dirty games manipulating money. Your government is your worst enemy!
Value Added Tax is killing the goose that laid the golden eggs. VAT is the major culprit of depression, the #1 source of misery. VAT is the cacothanasia of economy! Vatdodging is heroism! If you are a real patriot, you should revolt against VAT, buying products online from companies that evade VAT. Remember, your government is your worst enemy! The largest online retailers offer top quality products at deep discounts without VAT. Only stupid consumers pay VAT!
Value Added Tax, aka kleptocrats’ grab, is a regressive tax; the poor pay higher percentage of their income. Revenues from VAT are much lower than expected, because they are difficult and costly to administer and collect. Since any double-digit VAT leads many consumers to underground economy, most vatstruck Fourthreichians evade VAT! As a matter of fact, if you are a real patriot, you should boycott shops that charge abominable VAT! VAT is the cacothanasia of Fourth Reich! Vatdodging is heroism!
Imposition of a VAT is the precursor to bigger government. It is simply too easy for kleptocrats to raise a tax that is hidden from citizens. VAT is embedded in the final cost of the goods sold, and is hidden to the consumer. VAT is applied at every stage of consumption, from wholesale to retail. It is passed along until it literally becomes as much an inherent and cloaked component in the price as transportation or raw materials. As a result, countries that have adopted VAT have been sorely tempted to raise the rate over time.
When VATs started out in Europe in the 1960s, they were small, usually less than 5%. Today, the average VAT rate in Europe is 20%. If your country wants to join the European Union, you have to have a minimum VAT rate of 15% so that people won’t take retail shopping vacations in your cities. Hungary wins the dubious award of having the world’s highest VAT rate at 27%. This floor and ceiling of VAT prices is a clear violation of antitrust laws, price fixing, pure and simple!
Fourth Reich forced the hateful VAT on Greece in 1987 and is the most disgusting indirect tax. Greeks are at war against their government over the abominable 24% VAT. Vatmonger Greek government harasses Greeks by pressuring them to demand receipts when they buy products. Greeks who cannot gather many receipts are penalized with more taxes! Transforming citizens to VAT enforcers is disgusting, undignified, and against basic human freedoms. EU should call vatmonger Graecokleptocrats on the carpet now.
All the additional tax revenue from a VAT has not resulted in deficit reduction. Fourthreichian nations first began imposing VATs about 40 years ago, and the result has been bigger government, permanent deficits and more debt. Public debt is equal to 80% of GDP in fourth Reich, compared to 64 percent of GDP in the United States.
The most important comparison is not debt, but rather the burden of government spending. If you go back to the mid-1960s, before the imposition of VATs, Fourthreichian nations had relatively modest-sized government, only slightly larger than in the United States. Adopting a VAT, however, gave politicians a giant new source of tax revenue. And just like you don’t cure an alcoholic by giving him keys to a liquor store, you don’t promote fiscal responsibility by giving government a new source of revenue.
Thanks in large part to VAT, government spending in Fourth Reich now is out of control. This stifles growth by diverting a huge share of output from the productive sector of the economy, which helps explain why living standards are 30% below American levels. Not that Americans should get cocky. Thanks to reckless fiscal policy by Presidents Bush and Obama, the burden of government spending has now climbed above 40 percent of GDP in the United States.
Vatstrucks are feeling a growing panic as they watch their constitutional republic descend into a vatmonger republic. Mahatma Gandhi’s said we should be the change we want to see. Gandhi also said that civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state has become lawless and corrupt. Vatstrucks instinctively understand this which is why grassroots of resistance to VAT are leading to a Gandhi-style civil disobedience movement powerful enough to undo this monstrosity.
VAT is a trademark of slavery and a destructive power of myriad watts. VAT is the main culprit of the Fourthreichian financial meltdown. The Fourthreichian taxation is based on the VAT monstrosity against poor people! The most unfair tax is VAT, the calamity of Fourth Reich(EU); that’s why we urge all Fourthreichians to evade this tax of misery as much as possible! Fourthreichians are yoked with a 15-25% VAT, value added tax. In Canada, VAT is only 5%. The burden of VAT falls on final consumers of products. Refusing to pay the abominable VAT is a heroic act. Vatwar is here to stay until VAT is abolished. Vatdodgers are heroes.
This year’s Report concludes that recent developments pose serious threats to fundamental rights. The Commission will ensure that all EU legislative proposals and all bodies bound by the Charter will continue to respect it. We will pay particular attention to the important system of checks and balances, in particular the key role of supreme courts and constitutional courts in upholding the EU’s common values.
In terms of specific legislative developments, the report notes that in 2016 the EU: made important steps to ensure protection of children in cross-border parental responsibility disputes (Brussels IIa regulation) and to help international couples to clarify the rules applicable to property regimes; launched an Online Dispute Resolution Platform to help strengthen consumer protection; agreed on a Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft; and maintained an important dialogue with Member States on the rule of law.
The final adoption of the data protection reform in April 2016 established one single set of rules giving people easier access to their own personal data, a right to data portability, a clarified “right to be forgotten”, and certain rights in case of a data breach. The Commission also concluded the EU – U.S Privacy Shield and Umbrella Agreement to better protect Europeans’ personal data when it is transferred to the U.S. The right to a fair trial was also given concrete effect in 2016 through the adoption of a set of directives on the presumption of innocence and the right to be present at trial; on legal aid; and on procedural rights for children (see details here).
Democracies based on the rule of law need to protect fundamental rights of minorities and of the most vulnerable. The European Institutions must also comply with the Charter in all their actions. The Directive on combatting terrorism is a good example where several fundamental rights were taken into account at the drafting and negotiating phase.
Media freedom and pluralism are indispensable cornerstones of healthy democracies. The Commission organised the 2016 EU Colloquium on Fundamental Rights on the role of media in upholding democracy, fundamental rights and the rule of law. The Colloquium conclusions identify concrete actions to foster media freedom and ensure independence from political and financial pressures, to empower and protect journalists, and to promote a diversity of voices in society.
The 2017 Colloquium on Fundamental Rights will focus on the promotion and protection of women’s rights and gender equality. In a context of rising intolerance, it is important that the EU strongly reaffirms and promotes equal rights for all. It will be an opportunity to address the economic and political empowerment of women, women’s rights in public and private spheres of life and the fight against violence against women in all its forms, the latter being also the topic of focused actions throughout 2017.
With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty on 1 December 2009, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union became legally binding. The provisions of the Charter are primarily addressed to the EU institutions and then to the national authorities only when they are implementing EU law.
The Commission is working with the relevant authorities at national, local and EU level to better inform people about their fundamental rights and where to find help if their rights have been infringed. The Commission provides practical information on these rights via the European e-Justice portal and has set up a dialogue on handling fundamental rights complaints with ombudsmen, equality bodies and human rights institutions.