EU is doing pretty good

Tuesday, October 23 2007

I am pleasantly surprised by some of the recent actions by the EU. I have never really like the last step of the EU, with forming a political union – I was more comfortable with an economic union with the 4 freedoms of people, goods, service and capital across the union. I believe that people that trade together will not go to war against each other.

Despite EU being a political union, I could see the benefit of the EU being a independent and a counterpart to the US agenda. Any system needs check and balances otherwise the risk for abuse is too great.

EU has stuck to their guns, so to speak, and made Microsoft pay a huge fine AND open up their code. This is something that US government has not been able to do, in fact they supported Microsoft’s efforts against the EU.

Another good thing is this the EU plan to create the equivalent of the US’s Green Card, which has the unimaginative name Blue Card.

Being on this side of the fence, I do indeed hope that the EU will create a better the system with not so high hurdles as the US system.

This plan will probably bring out the protectionists and the ‘can’t take jobs away from the EU worker’ bullocks. Increased competition will highlight any slacking and complacency which I am sure exist in Europe.

If you look at it from the company perspective, why can’t the company be allowed to decided who is the best person for the job? If they get the right person, then it is fairly safe to assume that the company will do better. This will probably lead to better innovation, efficiency, higher profits = higher tax revenue for the government.

This blue card employee will also contribute to the system by paying the income taxes, sales tax etc. There has to be a safeguard so that no abuse of the welfare system is taking place. EU has to be as hard as the USA at this point. Currently, we are paying into the Medicare and Social security but are not allowed to get anything back. Similar stipulations needs to apply within the EU too.

Fact is the EU is experience a brain-drainage to the US. I have not got a problem to this to other countries because I think it is up the individual themselves to decided what their future is.

If anyone with a skill that want to come and work in Europe, can find an employment, and adjust to the society they are living in – then I welcome them with open arms.

Immigrates with the goal of living off the generous European welfare system – I have 0 (zero) tolerance for and should be sent back to where they came from.

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