viernes, junio 13, 2008

A ver si se enteran

De una puta vez.

Por razones diversas, a veces contradictorias, le han dicho una vez mas NO al engendro de Constitucion Europea/Tratado de Lisboa que al final lo que hace es dar mas poder a burocratas y politicuchos no elegidos democraticamente y a los que no es posible fiscalizar, para que decidan mas y mas sobre nuestras vidas desde su torre de marfil en Bruselas.

NI DE COÑA

A mi ya me van bien las razones de Libertas para alegrarme de que los irlandeses votaran NO.

1. Foreign Direct Investment Taken Over by Brussels

Under the Common Commercial Policy, Ireland for the first time gives up the right to legislate on inflows of foreign direct investment from outside the EU, threatening our long-standing ability to attract high-value, technology-focused jobs to this country. Under the provisions of the Lisbon Treaty, the future FDI policy of the European Commission may prioritise FDI flows to other developing states in Europe on the grounds of economic convergence and implement criteria which will identify Ireland as a comparatively advantaged state. The recently published European Technology Platforms policy has also identified sectoral research and development priorities which specifically exclude ICT and pharma – sectors which account for 80% of Ireland’s exports.

2. Over-Regulation and Increased Compliance Costs

According to a White Paper on regulation from the Department of the Taoiseach, “unnecessary EU regulation could have cost Irish business €582 million” in a single year. The total cost to business of regulation in Europe is already estimated at more than €40 billion per annum, 15% of which is unnecessary. The Lisbon Treaty provides Brussels with enormous scope for more unnecessary regulation, bureaucracy and waste. Despite the explicit commitment of the Commission to reduce red tape, new regulatory barriers to investment and entrepreneurship are being rolled out with little or no input from member states.

3. Back Doors to Increased Taxes

Article 93 of the Lisbon Treaty opens another door to EU tax meddling. Where national differences in company tax lead to "distortion of competition", it would enable the European Court of Justice to apply the internal market rules on competition, where majority voting applies, to matters of corporation tax thus bypassing our much touted “Tax Veto”, which is relevant to tax harmonization but not other key aspects of Ireland’s tax policy.

Article 269 of the Lisbon Treaty also permits the EU to raise its "own resources" by means of any kind of EU tax to finance the attainment of its many objectives. The 27 EU Government heads would have to decide unanimously what taxes to impose and, once national parliaments approved; there would be no need of a referendum in Ireland or anywhere else in the EU since we would have permitted this development by ratifying the Treaty.

4. Competition Downgraded

The EU’s traditional commitment to “free and undistorted competition” which has featured in the preamble to every treaty since the founding Treaty of Rome in 1957 has been relegated to a protocol in the Lisbon Treaty. This was at the behest of French President Nicolas Sarkozy who has stated his support for the anti-competitive protectionism of so-called “national champions”. As a small open economy, Ireland relies on having free and undistorted competition to give our domestic entrepreneurs and companies scope and scale for growth. Ryanair, CRH, AIB, Airtricity and a host of other successful Irish companies are the testament to this and are counter-examples to what the Treaty of Lisbon proposes to do.

5. Ireland’s Voice Weakened

Ireland’s voting weight in the Council is reduced by 60% while that of Germany is increased by 100% and that of France by 50%. One can be sure Ireland’s competitors will fortify their increased influence through our demotion and will highlight their increased leverage at the Brussels table to foreign investors. Ireland also loses its right to a Commissioner for five out of every 15 years; a vital voice at the table in the institution with the exclusive right to initiate legislation. Ireland surrenders more than 60 vetoes in policy areas including immigration and asylum, common commercial policy (including foreign direct investment), transport, energy and tourism. Vetoes are not a negative, destructive instrument but rather a crucial trump card in negotiations most often because they know we have it, we don’t need to use it. Ireland’s number of MEPs is also reduced to 12.

6. Inflexible Regulation

The EU’s commitment to a one-size-fits-all approach to regulation will be further extended by the Lisbon Treaty to the fields of energy, environmental and climate change policy. This means that policies drafted for big continental states like Germany and France will be inflexibly applied to small island states like Ireland without any acknowledgement of the unique circumstances which obtain, for example, regarding transport, logistics and infrastructure, which can lead significant comparative disadvantages to Irish businesses and the Irish economy. It is also worth noting that by empowering protectionism via Sarkozy’s “national champions”, it will do little or nothing to address climate change.

Conclusion

The vote in this referendum is not about being for or against Europe – it’s about the type of Europe you want to see succeed. Commission Vice President Margot Wallstrom said Ireland’s standing in Europe would not be affected by a No vote. If the fear of Ireland losing its voice in the EU as a result of a No vote is your only reason to vote Yes – do not be afraid. Send the EU leaders back to the drawing board to do a better deal for Europe, its citizens and Ireland.

The Brussels bureaucracy has not had its accounts signed off for 14 years and yet there are those advocating to give them more control over our economy while surrendering significant power that we can never get back.

A No to Lisbon gives us the opportunity to build a better, more prosperous Europe.