Members’ news 108

Members’ news from the CEC newsletter 108:

CCP – Spain
CCP asks the Secretary of State for Energy to ensure the competitiveness of the Spanish industry, regardless of the energy transition scenario to be taken.

The Secretary General of CCP and the President of the ACYP managers’ union at the EDP energy company were received by the deputy director of Energia Electrica, Manuel Garcia. CCP shared its concerns about the “the insecurity regarding the likely loss of attractiveness for big corporations, if our industry’s competitiveness is not safeguarded in any energy transition scenario. Consequently, such scenarios can have repercussions on the stability and quality of employment where changes in energy production will occur.” Furthermore, the managers’ union raises awareness on the risk of “company relocations, particularly in energy intensive sectors.”

In this sense, the President of ACYP-EDP recommended a series of measures to mitigate the negative consequences of the ‘ecological transition’. CCP supports an energy transition supported by low-carbon combustive energy; an electrification of the economy; low- or zero-emissions in transport, mobility and other sectors relevant for energy efficiency; as well as intelligent distribution networks that permit to balance different contribution to the grids.

The cabinet of the Secretary of State took note of each of the propositions and highlighted that the debate was open to find the best solutions in Spain and at European level.

CIDA – Italy
Managers pay 30% of all taxes, while tax evasion increases

Last 18th September, at the headquarters of the National Council of Economy and Labor (CNEL), CIDA presented the sixth survey on the “Declaration of income” of Italians. The survey, based on the annual individual income tax returns, aimed at understanding the current socio-economic situation of Italy. Scholars, politicians and representatives of the government coalition took part in the conference.

What emerged from the research is a net decrease in declared incomes paralleled by an increase in tax revenues: in practice Italian tax payers are less and less, but pay more and more (Italians who actually contribute to tax revenues make up around 12%, that is to say just over 5 million). Out of 60 million citizens residing in Italy at the end of 2017, just over 41 million submitted the declaration, but only half of these Italians have paid at least one euro. The other half, instead, does not pay anything and therefore is charged to the community.

The data clearly states that in Italy, there are just over 800,000 managers among top executives and middle managers, with almost a million retired managers joining them. One million and 800 thousand natural persons who in 2016 paid about 50 billion in taxes out of a total of 163.4 billion in national revenues. So 3% of the population made up of managers paid 30%. That’s an evident imbalance demonstrating the incongruity of a tax system which is increasingly “concentrated” on fixed income earners – employees and pensioners – while tax evasion and tax avoidance are growing.

CIDA believes that thinking about incomes, pensions and taxes means thinking about the relationship between the State and citizens. That “social contract” is the basis of modern democracies. The presented, evidence-based survey allows a better understanding of the current socio-economic situation of the country, providing a new perspective that highlights critical issues and malfunctions, and also indicates feasible solutions.

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MAS – Slovenia
Five fundamental values of managers and leaders for MAS Congress on the triple bottom line

Trust, responsibility, respect, ethics and cooperation are the five values on which management and leadership must be based, and which members of the Managers’ Association of Slovenia chose for the association’s 30th anniversary.

With this moral compass at hand, MAS organises its upcoming congress on 26 and 27 September in Portorož on the question why the ‘Triple Bottom Line’ or 3P – People, Planet, Profit still remain dead letters. Bringing these three together will prove important for businesses, society and the environment.  As is tradition, MAS will also confer the most prestigious manager award in Slovenia, the Manager of the Year, and the Include.All award.

The following international experts will inspire participants at the congress: Jim Hemerling, Managing Director and Senior Partner at the Boston Consulting Group, San Francisco, Luca Martini, Partner, Advisory Leader of PwC in Southeastern Europe, dr. Tatjana Andersen Dragović, a certified NLP trainer and coach, dr. Ulli Waltinger, Founder and Director of the Siemens Artificial Intelligence Lab and Head of the Machine Intelligence Research Group, Mark Raben, Technology Director, SAP CEE and dr. René Schmidpeter, Professor at the Cologne Business School and IEDC – Bled School of Management and Secretary General of the WISE Institute. Ebba Öhlund, Deputy Secretary General of CEC will be also participating at the Congress.

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