[ILUG] EU constitution
graylion at sm-wg.net
Thu Mar 10 09:03:40 GMT 2005
> Secondly, what, precisely, is wrong with each country having their own
laws? The enactment of laws is a solemn duty carried out by
> parliaments, based upon the wishes of the electorate. It is not the
right of some crowd of has-been politicos sitting in closed session out
of the public gaze.
indeed. this is why we have a European Parliament.
let's face it. more than 50% of our laws already come from the EU. And
I'd rather have our elected representatives - ie. the EU Parliament
handle that than the Prime Minister of Poland deciding what is good for
Ireland and France and ...
Why? because he has been elected by his people to take care of the
_national_ interest. The MEPs have been elected to take care of the EU
and give us a democratic access. The current debate is a good example:
The commission and the council are playing hokay with democracy and we
are relying on the EP to save the day.
There are projections that envision the development of the EU instutions
EP - Lower house and main representation
Council - upper house (like US Senate)
Commission - Cabinet
this model makes sense to me. At the moment the sheer reluctance of
member states to hand more power over to the EP and to reliquish veto
rights leads to all sorts of ratty compromises. Why for instance should
the UK which profits as much as any other EU nation only have to pay a
quarter of the membership dues? Because they can blackmail the EU with
their veto powers.
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