7/12/2007

The European Union, a Napoleonic wet dream

I was angered to learn that the unelected and unaccountable European Commission has issued a formal warning to the Irish Government over its proposed 184 million EURO NDP (National Development Plan).



According to this group of mini-emperors the entire NDP is in contravention of EU Law.

EU environment mini-Napoleon Stavros Dimas sent a letter in the past few days to the government, saying that the commission believed Ireland’s failure to conduct a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) for the project was in breach of a key 2001 EU directive.

According to a spokesperson for the Government they are adamant that no SEA is required and as such Ireland is not in contravention of "EU law".

‘‘The NDP is a budgetary framework document, and doesn’t require an SEA. That remains our firm position.”

Dimas has given the government until next month to reply to this warning after which he will take steps to bring Ireland to the ECJ to enforce compliance.

Have you ever heard such nonsense in all your life?????

Whether the NDP requires an SEA is immaterial, what is important is that some unelected bureaucrat in Brussels believes that he has the right to dictate how Ireland spends its own money.

This is a fundamental problem with the EU, the cavalier attitude that many have towards the national sovereignty of member countries.

No matter what my feelings about the present government they were elected by the Irish people and they are accountable to the Irish people.

Who is Dimas? Was he elected by the Irish people? Is he accountable to the Irish people?

There is democratic deficit at the heart of the EU and that is one of its fundamental problems.

The EU increasingly represents nothing more than a Napoleonic wet dream for many French and Germans who wish to see a United States of Europe.

That is not what I wish to see, I don't wish to see Ireland trade one foreign ruler in London for 12 in Brussels.

The EU should be about countries working together where they can reach agreement, it should not be about unelected foreign politicians dictating to the democratically elected government of the day.

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