History of Europe Dec 01

LET ME BRIEFLY OUTLINE THE RECENT HISTORY OF EUROPE.

 

MANY EU STATES, SMALL & LARGE:

             Dislodged their monarchies

             Civil war and revolutions

             Accepted new national boundaries

             Accepted mass migration from other countries

             Occupation by Germany in the last war

             People forced to settle in other countries as minorities

 

THEREFORE, WEAK ECONOMIES, UNSTABLE POLITICAL REGIMES AND INSECURE BORDERS LED TO THE BIRTH OF THE EU.

 

BIRTH OF THE EU, CO-OPERATION & ECONOMIC RE-DISTRIBUTION HAS RESULTED IN:-

POLITICAL STABILITY, DEMORACY 6 PEACE IN THE EU SINCE WORLD WAR II.

 

THESE COUNTRIES FEEL MORE SECURE IN THE EU AND SUPPORT ENLARGEMENT. ACCESSION COUNTRIES - POLAND, CZECH REPUBLIC, HUNGARY, SLOVENIA AND ESTONIA CAN HARDLY WAIT TO BE MEMBERS OF THE EU.

 

WHY DOES BRITAIN REMAIN EUROSCEPTIC?

 

      Long history of democracy -

       no occupation

       Thriving non-EU international trade

       Seat at the UN Security Council & G8

       Fourth largest economy in the world

       Only oil exporter in the EU

 

 

WHAT ARE OUR MAIN CONCERNS?

 

       Lack of transparency & accountability

       Member States dragging their feet about single open competitive market

       Budget allocation as 50% of EU budget i.e. 30bn is spent on agricultural subsidies

 

France +2bn; Spain +1.5bn;

Greece, Ireland, Denmark and Portugal are also net beneficiaries.

Germany -3bn; UK-1.5bn &

Holland-1bn

 

20% of big EU farmers receive 75% of total subsidy - small farmers lose!

 

Widespread corruption and fraud, especially in the Med countries as Member States are required to monitor and they do not!


WHAT CAN WE DO TO REFORM THE EU?

 

Reform CAP

       Introduce competition, reduce subsidy & repatriate CAP to individual Member States

       Encourage higher quality of food whilst prohibiting import of sub-standard food

       Encourage diversity on the farm and offer rewards for environmental improvement to ensure farming incomes are stable and rural economies thrive

       Ensure compliance in good practice e.g. animal welfare so that farmers have a level playing field

 

ENLARGEMENT:- UK must influence conditions and pace

       Employment in agriculture to shrink

       Privatisation of state owned enterprises

       Good governance

       Phased access on immigration into EU

       Establish provision for social welfare

 

SINGLE MARKET:- Financial Services

       Privatise state owned enterprises

       Break cartels in distribution e.g. cars

       Good management of public sector debt

       Minimum interference with trade & industry

 

LEGITIMACY & TRANSPARENCY

       Reform EU institutions to "connect" with citizens

       Insist policies are based on competition giving support to diversity and subsidiarity

 

The EU makes laws that impact on us. The EP has "co-decision" powers in the internal market, employment, environment, transport, e-commerce.

E.g. Vibration Directive; Testing of chemicals and medicines; tobacco sales; food safety etc.

 

British experience, fair play & justice: LAWS

 

Britain is in Europe and likely to remain in Europe.

 

Therefore...

 

WE MUST FIGHT OUR CORNER, LEAD IN SHAPING THE FUTURE OF EUROPE AND MAKE SURE THAT WE WIN!