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MEPs from 15 countries sign declaration of resistance against EU superstate – Bloc alert

MEPs from 16 parties and 15 EU states joined forces today to declare “resistance” against a European superstate stripping nations of their sovereignty bit by bit.

The so-called “declaration of values” was signed by all parties in the Identity and Democracy (ID), European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) groups and the unaffiliated Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party.

In the text, signed on Friday, the MEPs denounced the “overactivity” of the European institutions in what should remain member states’ competences.

In a stern warning to Brussels, they unanimously pledged to form a new resistance against the creation of the United States of Europe in favour of more respect for sovereign nations.

They wrote: “The use of political structures and law to create a European superstate and new forms of social structure is a manifestation of the dangerous and invasive social engineering of the past, which must prompt legitimate resistance.

“The moralistic overactivity that we have seen in recent years in the EU institutions has resulted in a dangerous tendency to impose an ideological monopoly.”

They added: “All attempts to transform European institutions into bodies that take precedence over national constitutional institutions create chaos, undermine the sense of the treaties, question the fundamental role of Member States’ constitutions, and the resulting disputes over competences are in effect settled by the brutal imposition of the will of politically stronger entities on weaker ones.

“This destroys the basis for the functioning of the European community as a community of free nations.

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“We believe that consensus should remain the basic means of reaching a common position in the Union. Recent attempts to circumvent this procedure or ideas of its abolition threaten to exclude some countries from influence on decision-making and to transform the Union into a special form of oligarchy.

“This could lead to the de facto incapacitation of national constitutional bodies, including governments and parliaments, reduced to the function of approving decisions already taken by others.

“In the member countries there is still an overwhelming will to cooperate, and a spirit of community and friendship pervades nations and societies of our continent.

“It is our great capital. A reformed Union will make use of this capital, whereas a Union that rejects reform will squander it.

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“That is why today we turn to all parties and groups who share our views with this document as a base for a cultural and political common work, respecting the role of the current political groups.

“Let us together reform the Union for the future of Europe!”

Parties from Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, France, Belgium, Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Finlandia, Poland, the Netherlands, Greece and Romania, Lithuania and Hungary signed the document.

The document will come as a blow to French President Emmanuel Macron who has longed hoped for more cooperation in the EU. 

Ben Harris-Quinney, chairman of the Bow Group think tank, has warned the departure of German Chancellor Angela Merkel will accelerate moves from the French President to take her place as the EU’s leading figurehead.

He argued Mr Macron may jump on this opportunity to create an “EU superstate in his image, which should terrify advocates of democracy and sovereignty”.

Mr Harris-Quinney told Express.co.uk: “Macron has been vying to take her (Angela Merkel’s) place for some time, and her leaving office will accelerate this process.

“He is a more extreme Euro federalist than Merkel and will likely seize the opportunity to create an EU superstate in his image, which should terrify advocates of democracy and sovereignty.”

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Author: Alessandra Scotto di Santolo
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This is why we left! MEPs furious as unelected EU ignore requests on crucial vaccine rule

In the latest showcase of Brussels’ institutional disfunction, the EU Council and Parliament clash over the introduction of so-called “digital green certificates” to allow Europeans to travel this summer.
Negotiations between the two EU institutions are set to continue but the Council has already dismissed MEPs’ proposals on the plan.

Parliament members believe the travel passes should allow people to move around the bloc without further hurdles such as quarantines and should complement affordable COVID tests for those who are yet to be vaccinated but still wish to enjoy their summer holidays across the bloc.

Juan Fernando López Aguilar, the Spanish Social Democrat leading negotiations for the Parliament, said Parliament is “ready to go a certain distance – provided that the Council is also willing to”.

The goal, he claimed, is to restore free movement across the EU – a “major asset” of the bloc that’s “in a very bad shape because of the measures adopted by member states.”

But his ideas are a no-go for the Council.

The disagreements over the small print of the legislation saw the heads of four Parliament’s groups send a letter to the Portuguese Council presidency to “urge you to exhaust all possibilities and reach a compromise within the Council”.

In a clear denunciation of the dismissal of the democratic process of the only institution elected by EU citizens in Brussels, they added: “We strongly believe the coronavirus vaccination Certificate can only properly function within a solid legal framework established through the normal democratic process.”

MEPs had originally demanded COVID tests to be free of charge if requested as an alternative for those who wish to travel before they received their vaccination.

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By the end of Tuesday’s negotiations, Parliament had dropped its demand and asked for the tests to be “affordable” and for EU cash to help pay for them.

They also dropped their demand on the need for people to quarantine despite holding a negative test or a vaccine passport upon entry.

But even these concessions were ignored by the Council.

Dutch MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld, who represents the Parliament’s Renew group in the talks blasted: “Council just wipes it off the table.”

One EU diplomat called Parliament’s position “completely unacceptable in its current form,” adding that MEPs “should stop playing games where they try to power-grab and instead focus on those elements where they have a legitimate right to have a say.”

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A second diplomat told Politico: “Is it really in the Parliament’s interest to have EU leaders jumping into this discussion?

“None of the leaders are interested in giving away national competencies.”

López Aguilar said the Commission should step in as an “honest broker” to get Council to move, “not simply to observe the Council misbehaving.”

On Wednesday, EU ambassadors backed plans to allow vaccinated holidaymakers to visit the bloc this summer.

They approved a European Commission proposal from May 3 to loosen the criteria to determine “safe” countries and to let in fully vaccinated tourists from elsewhere, EU sources said.

They are expected to set a new list this week or early next week. Based on data from the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Britain and a number of other countries would meet the new criteria.

The United States would not, although Americans with proof of vaccination would be welcomed.

One EU diplomat said cases of the Indian variant in Britain would need to be taken into account, although individual EU countries are already setting their own policies. Portugal lifted a four-month travel ban on British tourists on Monday.

Under current restrictions, people from only seven countries, including Australia, Israel and Singapore, can enter the EU on holiday, regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.

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