Thursday, 18 June 2009

Barroso: Our opinion counts?

I owe this post to Jean Quatremer’s Coulisses de Bruxelles: Toi aussi hacke le site de la présidence tchèque de l’UE ! (17 June 2009)

Instead of convening to anoint José Manuel Barroso as chief of the European Commission, the European Council should study the outcome of the survey of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The Czech government asked, in three languages: Should José Manuel Barroso be re-appointed as President of the European Commission?

The results against Barroso (No-votes) were (per 8 June 2009, according to the web page; when I checked a little while ago):

• English 75%
• Czech 82%
• French 89%

Such polls are not especially reliable, but if the acting Council Presidency asks the citizens of the European Union, one would expect their opinion to be taken into account.

We live in a union where decisions are taken as openly as possible and as closely as possible to the citizen, don’t we?

Ralf Grahn