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Last week the leaders of the European Union (including the Maltese Prime Minister) agreed that the Irish people shall be assured, prior to holding another referendum on the Lisbon Treaty in Autumn next year, that Ireland and every other Union country shall always have a commissioner and that the Lisbon Treaty is not going to weaken Ireland’s neutrality, is not going to make taxes that will be the same in all the Union countries and that the Union is not going to force Ireland to accept abortion.
The European Union hopes that these assurances overcome the opposition of the Irish people for the Lisbon Treaty.
But every real democrat in the European Union hopes that the Irish people votes again against the Treaty, so that the politicians, also the Maltese ones, understand how much they have trampled the principal principle of democracy when they decided to deny the peoples of the Union from voting on the changes that the Lisbon Treaty is going to make to the Union.
One of the changes that the Lisbon Treaty is going to make is about the number of European Commissioners.
The Treaty states that every member country shall always have a Commissioner as it is today, but a country, every ten years, will be without a Commissioner for five years, because every five years one third of the countries lose their Commissioner for five years.
Notwithstanding that the Treaty so provides, the European Union – to try to
acquire the Irish vote in favour of the Treaty – agreed that what the Treaty
says shall not be done and therefore every country will always continue to have
On the strength of the Irish people the principle that every country shall always have a European Commissioner was won.
Prime Minister Gonzi boasted that now Malta shall always have a Commissioner.
He should have been ashamed not boasting, because he had accepted that Malta will lose her Commissioner for five years every ten years when he had signed the Lisbon Treaty.
Just the same, the Maltese Parliament when it ratified the Treaty had agreed that Malta will lose its Commissioner for five years.
If our country had strong parliamentary leaders who protected the national interests, our country like Ireland would not have voted in favour of the Lisbon Treaty if our country would not have always had a Commissioner.
As the European Union had to yield this point to the Irish people, it would have had to also yield to the Maltese people.
The European Union also accepted to assure Ireland about its neutrality.
Malta is also a neutral country, but the Government and the Maltese Parliament did not insist that the Union declares and assures to observe our country’s neutrality.
This is a great shame for the Government and our Parliament.
The people should not tolerate it.
The idea that
* Gozo becomes autonomous
* and leaves the European Union
* raised interest among the Gozitans,
who are asking what shall Gozo gain if such steps are taken.
The question is proper and its answer should convince the Gozitans with the advantages they shall acquire,
* by Gozo not being bound and forced to apply the laws that are made in Malta, and
* will neither have to and be forced to obey the directives and the European Union policy.
An autonomous Gozo outside the European Union would have the right to choose whether the laws made in Malta would be applicable to the island and whether it would be better for the island to rule according to the directives and policies of the European Union.
In other words,
* Gozo would be free to itself decide what laws,
* directives and
* what policy would be advantageous for the Gozitans and
* which one are not suitable for them and
* would therefore not be applied by them.
* would have the right to choose and
* the right to make laws
* rule with policies that they consider best for them,
* even if the laws and
* policy that they choose would not be in agreement with the laws and
* policies of Malta and of the EU.
With an autonomous Gozo outside the European Union,
* the Gozitans could lower the tax rates both on income,
* as well as VAT, and
* thus, apart from the Gozitans benefitting,
* this step will be a strong incentive for foreigners to invest and operate in Gozo,
* once the fiscal burdens will be lighter than those in Malta and other countries members in the EU.
Gozo would be able to compete with those small countries outside the European Union,
* such as Jersey,
* the Channel Islands,
* Gibraltar and
that are well known for the great amounts of foreign currency that they have
deposited or invested there and for the great number of foreign companies that
are registered there.
Can one imagine a better scenario than this
* if Gozo becomes “duty free” and
* would be the “duty free” centre of the Mediterranean,
* that will certainly attract great commerce,
* as those “duty free” centres that are around the world?
* The volume of commerce,
* the great number of foreigners and
* all the economic activity that will be created by such a step,
* would mean many more jobs and
* opportunities for Gozitan youths.
But Gozo can do nothing of the sort
* unless it is autonomous from Malta and
* outside the European Union.
If Gozo acquires autonomy and freedom just the same it could keep the ties that it wants with Malta and with the European Union.
But they would be ties that help Gozo to move forward and not remain at the periphery of Europe hindered with the Union directives and policy.
While the mass of the people are angry because the Maltese Government and the European Union (EU) do not want to take the necessary steps to stop the invasion of our country by illegal immigrants, it has been announced that the EU is going to give Malta €112 in the next five years to be able to better control the Union frontiers.
To continue to deceive the people, the Maltese Government said that these funds were given by the EU to fight illegal immigration.
But they are not going to stop immigration.
More so, part of the funds will to be used to reduce the danger of drowning of
illegal immigrants while sailing, and therefore this fact is going to be more
encouraging and not discouraging for the illegal immigrants to risk sailing from
the African shores to Malta and Sicily.
If one carefully examines for what scope were the €112 from the EU given, one will find that these are going to be given to buy four new patrol boats, new launches for the police, new equipment for the military and the police, and to modernize the means of communications and surveillance and to better the facilities that we have in foreign countries for the granting of visas.
One can see that not one of these scopes is going to help to stop the illegal immigrants from coming to our country.
If we deduct the buying of the new patrol boats, we should find that these will be a better means than exist today to collect the illegal immigrants from the middle of the sea and be brought to Malta once the patrols of the patrol boats would not turn back the immigrants towards the shores they left from.
That is, the Maltese soldiers will have more modern means to save the immigrants and to bring them to our country.
Not a single euro from the €112 million is going to be given to stop the illegal
As well as not a single euro from the same sum is going to be given to better the situation at the centres where the immigrants are kept, or to better the services that we are providing them.
These funds are not going to be given so that we benefit from them, but are only going to be given so that the EU strengthens the control on all those who enter our country as a country that is part of the EU.
These funds are going to help the Maltese Government to know better what illegal immigrants are going to enter into our country and not allowed to go to the other EU countries.
With these funds the EU is better securing its security and is not helping or country.
However, the Maltese Government is boasting with the grant of these funds and is trying to deceive the people by giving them the impression that the country is going to fight illegal immigration.
If we really want to fight illegal immigration, we have to decide that we shall not allow them to remain in our country for whatever reason and to return them to their own countries notwithstanding that the EU tells us to do otherwise.
We should help the countries from where the illegal immigrants come as much as possible, and the EU which insists that some of its countries are to admit immigrants, we should insist with it that it should organize regular immigration schemes by allocating funds for this purpose.
When other governments are spending millions to help enterprises not to reduce their workers, the Maltese Government is spending millions (around €56 million euros) to terminate the employment of 1,700 workers in the oldest enterprise in the country – the Shipyard.
Never like these times should the Maltese Government helped as much as is necessary to save every job that exists, and not destroy 1,700 jobs as it is doing on the pretext of the privatization of the Shipyard.
This irresponsible Government action is a crime against the national interests and should not be forgiven by the Maltese people, especially by the working class.
The fact that the European Union wants this national tragedy of the best tradesmen in the country to occur does not exonerate the Maltese Government, while it continues to show how the Union does not protect the real interests of our people.
Thursday 8 January 2009.
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