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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on economic inequalities and smart protectionism

Dominique Martin

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on economic inequalities and smart protectionism  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas recent studies on levels of economic inequality have shown that globalisation and free trade agreements have narrowed the differences between European countries whilst widening inequalities within countries;

B.  whereas globalisation and European policies always aim to provide more free trade and ban all types of protectionism;

C.  whereas the Commission is therefore indirectly responsible for the increase in the level of economic inequalities within European societies;

D.  whereas economic inequalities can cause feelings of injustice within European societies;

E.  whereas free trade generates substantial losses for a large section of society, for the benefit of a small, privileged group which is becoming steadily richer;

F.  whereas smart protectionist measures could rectify this problem;

1.  Calls on the Commission to leave Member States the freedom to introduce smart protectionist measures in order to combat economic inequalities more effectively.

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