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and against Malta's membership of the European Union
By the Campaign for National Independence CNI
If we ask the housewife what she got from membership in the European Union, she tells you that she feels like she’s going mad by the vast increase in the cost of living, everything that she buys costs like hell, and the expenses vastly increased.
Things will continue to go from bad to worse.
Recently it has been announced that a bag of sugar that now has increased in price to 35 cents, is again going to suffer an increase in price and is going to cost 50 cents.
This increase in the price of sugar means an additional burden on the housewife and the family.
It is also going to increase the expenses for confectioners and the sweets industry that will have to increase the prices of products that they sell.
It is known that the price of sugar will again be increased in future.
The increase in the price of sugar is a consequence of our country’s membership in the European Union.
The Union bound us that we either buy sugar from its producers in the Union, and these have the highest sugar prices in the world, or if we buy it from outside the Union where it is very much cheaper, the Union forces us to pay a levy (according to the Common External Tariff), that vastly increases the price of sugar, and all the levy is taken by the Union, not the Government
Therefore, membership in the Union is forcing housewives, confectioners and industrialists, to pay a higher price for sugar than they would pay if we were not in the Union.
It is with good reason that these complain that they have had nothing except price increases and increased expenses from our membership in the Union.
This is a clear example of an increase in the cost of living due to membership in the Union.
The European Union does not care that it increases the burden on housewives and therefore does not permit anyone who wants to, to decrease the burden of higher prices.
To some importers who prior to membership thought of buying a quantity of sugar more than normal to save from paying the levy, the Union jumped on them and imposed a big fine.
fact witnesses the absolute control that the Union has on our country.
A control such as we had when we were a colony, if not more.
Research carried out by the European Union a while ago showed that the increases (in wages) granted for the cost of living increases were less than the increases in the cost of living during the last few years.
That is why the housewife that has to make ends meet with her husband’s wage or salary has good reason to complain that she cannot meet the costs of living.
Because of this, the standard of living of many families has gone down since we became members in the European Union.
The same can be said for those who live with social assistance or a pension that is less than the minimum wage.
The standard of living of these people has gone down and will continue to go down for as long as we continue to apply the anti-social policy of the Union which forces the Government to reduce the expence on social assistance and on pensions.
Instead of doing what the Union wants, we ought to increase the expense on social assistance and the lower pensions.
The comedy of the discussions about the Constitution of the European Union ended with agreement so that the Constitution will be buried and instead of it a Reform Treaty will be made.
The fact that the leaders of the countries of the Union have resigned themselves to forget the Constitution that they had signed with great solemnity in October 2004 is very significant.
This fact means that the will of the majority of the French and Dutch people who said “NO” to the Constitution overcame the will of the leaders of all the Union countries and the Members of the European Parliament who had approved it.
fact of the burial of the Constitution of the European Union also gives a lesson
to us Maltese.
The Maltese Parliament in July 2005 unanimously approved the Union Constitution.
Therefore we feel that while we should offer our condolences to the Maltese Parliament for the sorrow it suffered by the burial of the Union Constitution that is being buried and forgotten, the disloyal action of the greatest shame when the Maltese Parliament approved that the Union laws overcome the Constitution of Malta will not be forgotten.
has still been said about what exactly the Reform Treaty will contain.
But it has been said that the new treaty would not require a referendum to be ratified.
Ratification will be made by the Parliament of each member country of the Union.
This is a fact that means a lot.
Because it means that the leaders of the European Union fear that the majority of the people will not agree with the new treaty, and to avoid from suffering another popular loss similar to that which happened in the French and Netherlands referenda, have avoided the democratic means of seeing what the people say about the new treaty that they are going to make.
They could not give a better certificate of the lack of popular support for the European Union.
Notwithstanding the fact that the EU does not want to risk a referendum on the Reform Treaty, we hope that in some country democracy wins just the same and they ask in a referendum what the people want, and do not let the politicians in Parliament vote in favour of that which the majority of the people are against as happens in our country.
It already appear that in our country the discussion about the new Reform Treaty is going to be reduced to void and useless propaganda, such as that we will have 6 deputies in the European Parliament instead of the 5 that we have today.
At the same time, they are not going to give the same importance to the fact that there will not be a Maltese Commissioner every year as we have today.
how many deputies we have in the European Parliament nor whether we have a
Commissioner in the European Commission are important.
What is important is that Malta does not find itself in a minority in decisions that the European Union takes with the majority system.
Because this would mean that the Maltese people will have to swallow something that is not in their interests, although the Maltese representative would have voted against it but was carried nonetheless.
In such a case, the will of the majority of the European Union would overturn the will of the majority of our people, and the principle of democracy will have flown away with the wind in our country because of our membership in the Union.
This issue of decisions by majority and not with the consent of all the countries was, and still is, the greatest obstacle for the Union to acquire popular approval.
majority of countries in the Union have no right to impose their will on the
other member countries of the Union.
They can decide to go ahead as is in their interests without pretending that they can force other countries to go ahead like them without wanting to do so.
It would be just that every decision that the Union wants would have the consent of all the member countries, and where consent cannot be arrived at, the member states would have the right to do as the majority of their people want.
New European Union treaty is going to have this fundamental defect and therefore
is objectionable and wrong.
who heard the President of the European Commission, Josè Manuel Barroso, answer
a number of questions put to him during the programme Bondi Plus heard him
saying that, “the European Union does not have either aircraft or ships”.
He said that these have to be offered by the member countries so that Frontex can start to operate to subdue illegal immigration towards the EU.
Barroso was saying the truth.
What anyone can say however is that the EU does not even have its own money, because every euro that it sends to the member countries would have to first come from the same member states.
But we hear nothing else except of funds “coming from the EU” and projects “paid by the EU”.
When I asked Barroso if he agrees that Frontex can serve more as an incentive than a deterrent for illegal immigration – by the illegal immigrants having a greater chance of arriving in some EU country when they are collected by the Frontex ships, Barroso did not appear to know what is going to happen, and he tried to get around the argument quite a lot.
I wish that Bondi Plus did not cut out the last part of my question where I asked him whether he agrees that if the EU really wants to help Malta, they should have asked every illegal immigrant that is already in Malta, and those who arrive in future, in what country they wanted to arrive when they left from the Libyan coast.
And take them there if they really respect and pity them.
I really wished to hear what Barroso would have answered.
Perhaps it is for this reason that they left out part of the question, not to embarrass him!
by EDDY PRIVITERA
Thursday 28 June 2007.
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