ACTA – EU “Democracy” in action

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  1. Clive Longbottom says:

    How it really all goes along: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2013/june/tradoc_151381.pdf

    This adds some interesting facts to go alongside the fantasy described here.

    1. richard@richardmilton.co.uk says:

      Thanks for the link Clive. I’ve filed it under the heading of “They would say that wouldn’t they?” as it’s an EU publication, paid for with our cash, written for PR purposes. Perhaps you could refer me to the EU document which tells us about the transparency of EU negotiations for TTIP?

      1. Clive Longbottom says:

        Possibly the same link where it states that “the current negotiations with the US have had 3 public consultations in one year alone”?

        If you are going to write off every piece of documentation that has any bias to it, then everything that you have written, every piece that you have linked to and every conclusion you have drawn is surely suspect as well? The EU is the right group to write about what the EU’s processes are. If you believe that it has acted against them, then by law under the Treaty of Rome you have the full right to petition the Parliament and Council for a hearing. This, if found to warrant further investigation (and you are first and foremost in being able to dig out incontrovertible evidence), you will be called to,present it in front of Parliament, and if necessary in front of the European Court of Justice.

        it’s all there – if you really believe these conspiracy theories you are putting forward, put your money where your mouth is. Get a load of your journalist friends to work alongside you to make sure that the Great Conspiracy of all the EU institutions cannot hide any of your evidence; make sure that it is all fully documented; make sure that the journalists are with you when you stand up in front of Parliament and present your rock-solid case.

        If you win, I will totally recant; will apologise in full in any way that you want; will pay a sizeable sum to any charity of your choice.

        Am I offering enough for you to take this on, and for once and all, sort out this mob that you have such sincere beliefs about as to how they are only out to do in the EU (or possibly only the UK, or just Richard Milton) citizen through legal proof, rather than conjecture, misreading and misrepresentation of facts and misuse and misrepresentation of data?

        Over to you.

        1. richard@richardmilton.co.uk says:

          You say: “Possibly the same link where it states that “the current negotiations with the US have had 3 public consultations in one year alone”?

          Clive, If TTIP is transparent as you claim what is your explanation of this incident?
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ozj0qwnMGZ0

          You say:“it’s all there – if you really believe these conspiracy theories you are putting forward, put your money where your mouth is. Get a load of your journalist friends to work alongside you to make sure that the Great Conspiracy of all the EU institutions cannot hide any of your evidence; make sure that it is all fully documented; make sure that the journalists are with you when you stand up in front of Parliament and present your rock-solid case.

          You say: If you win, I will totally recant; will apologise in full in any way that you want; will pay a sizeable sum to any charity of your choice.”

          If you’d troubled to read my blogs before posting this challenge you would have already learned the answers to all the questions you ask.

          Numerous senior officials from within the EU have already done exactly what you are inviting me to do – made official complaints of corruption and fraud. In every single case to date, the EU has sat in judgement of its own cause (contrary to every established tenet of law) and has found itself innocent of all wrongdoing and all the complainants guilty. Here is the list:-

          1998, Paul van Buitenen. Assistant internal auditor in the EU’s Financial Control Directorate, turned whistleblower and wrote directly to the European Parliament expressing his “. . . discontent with the way the Commission services are dealing with irregularities and possible fraud.” He was suspended and his salary halved.

          2002, Marta Andreason. EU Chief Accountant. Refused to sign the accounts. Complained to the Commission, was ignored. Sacked for “failure to show sufficient loyalty and respect”.

          2002, Dorte Schmidt-Brown worked at the EU’s statistics agency Eurostat for nine years and became concerned by a number of dubious studies, reporting her suspicions to her superiors. She was transferred to another department. When she continued to speak out she was sent on sick leave. A subsequent investigation into Eurostat revealed what the investigators called a ‘vast enterprise of looting’, in which senior employees had diverted millions of euros into companies owned by friends, family and others.

          2003, Robert Dougal Watt was a British accountant who worked in the European Court of Auditors. Watt complained to the European Ombudsman about what he suspected was corruption within the auditing body. First, he was downgraded; then he was sacked. In explaining why they fired him, the disciplinary board said, ‘The veracity or otherwise of Mr Watt’s accusations was not something which the board believed it was called upon to consider.’

          2003, Robert McCoy had worked at the EU for more than 30 years and had risen to the post of Internal Auditor at the Committee of the Regions . McCoy was concerned about what seemed to be the systematic abuse of travel expenses by CoR members, including claims for meetings that didn’t take place, for car journeys already paid by members’ towns and councils and for train and air travel that had already been reimbursed. McCoy asked the committee’s secretary general to pass on the suspicious expenses claims to OLAF for investigation but his request was refused. When McCoy went public with his concerns, OLAF and the Court of Auditors were eventually called in to investigate. OLAF investigators concluded, ‘The investigation revealed systematic and flagrant incompetence within the Committee of the Regions to respect the essential rules of tendering procedures and financial management.’ Even though McCoy’s allegations were correct, he was hounded, insulted and bullied until he left on sick leave. No action was taken against the committee members who had allegedly stolen money.

          What chance would an outsider like you or me stand?

          Incidentally, I am not asking you to apologize, recant or contribute to a charity. I’m just asking you to look at the facts and make up your own mind who is telling the truth: the EU or the people listed above.

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