Monday, 16 March 2009

The elites who wrote the Lisbon Treaty

The launch of Libertas has led to increased volumes of distortion about the EU’s Treaty of Lisbon.

How unelected were the elites who wrote the Lisbon Treaty?

The draft Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe was written by the European Convention. In addition to the Chairman and two Vice-Chairmen appointed by the European Council (national leaders) there were:

• 15 representatives of the Heads of State or Government of the Member States (one from each Member State),
• 13 representatives of the Heads of State or Government of the candidate States (1 per candidate State),
• 30 representatives of the national parliaments of the Member States (two from each Member State),
• 26 representatives of the national parliaments of the candidate States (two from each candidate State),
• 16 members of the European Parliament,
• 2 representatives of the European Commission.

Out of 105 delegates, 38 represented the national governments, 56 the national parliaments and 16 the directly elected European Parliament.

The only ones who remotely resembled unelected Brussels bureaucrats were two who represented the European Commission, which is nominated by the heads of state or government and approved by the European Parliament.

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During the intergovernmental conference 2003─2004 the national governments of the EU member states watered down the Convention’s proposal to reach agreement on the Constitutional Treaty.

Where were the supranational bureaucrats?

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The bleaker Treaty of Lisbon resulted from a new round of negotiations between the governments of the member states.

Where were the “unaccountable” Brussels bureaucrats, who by the way are held to account by the member states’ governments in the Council and by the European Parliament?

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How truthful and accountable is Libertas?


Ralf Grahn