"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 24 April 2010

What Has Europe Done For Us?

New proposals have been tabled under the EU's controversial
Stockholm Programme on justice and home affairs , which include proposals for a European ID card register, internet surveillance systems and automated EU exit-entry border systems operated by machines reading fingerprints.

There are also plans to turn Eurojust into an investigative body with the power to order arrests and trials, as a first step to creating an EU Public Prosecutor: "The Commission will prepare the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor's Office from Eurojust, with the responsibility to investigate, prosecute and bring to judgement offences against the Union's financial interests...The administration of justice must not be impeded by unjustifiable differences between the member states' judicial systems".

Meanwhile the government has shown support for the controversial new European Evidence Warrant (EEW). The EEW is the partner to the European Arrest Warrant, and could allow member states to access personal data, such as DNA and bank records, of citizens from other member states.

Here's a 40-page report from Open Europe which gives greater detail about the EU's growing surveillance.

The European Commission has also said that the disjointed national responses to the threat posed by the volcanic ash has created a new impetus to "fast track" its plan to create a European Network Manager, which would create a single authority with the power to override member states' control over their own airspace. Helen Kearns, spokeswoman for the EU's Transport Commissioner, said that it was "the view of the European Commission" that the decisions and recommendations of the new body "should be binding."

In other news: Prepare to welcome Bosnia
Greece has formally placed a request to activate a €40-45 billion EU-IMF aid package, a day after new budget deficit figures revealed the country's 2009 shortfall to be worse than previously forecast.
Open Europe sets out the different policies of the three main Parties towards the EU

2 comments:

  1. GV, it would appear that we haven't learnt our lesson from history. Ever since the bloody continent was 'discovered' it has been a source of trouble for the UK. Twice we have had to 'bang heads together' and it would seem we may have to do it a third time! Only difference is that this time we will have to start at home with Cameron/Brown/Clegg!

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  2. I'm afraid you're right, Mr W. The EU shows no sign of letting up - disorganised as it is. There are some signs of in-fighting beginning but I'm sure they'll rally round for the good of the cause.

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