Monday, 22 June 2009

European Conservatives and Reformists.

So the 26 Conservative MEP's have gone into an alliance with other right wing European parties like the Polish Law and Justice Party (PIS) and the Czech Civic Democratic Party in the European Parliament. The new Alliance is called the European Conservatives and Reformists group and they will have about 60 MEP's, around the same size as the Greens and the Liberal ALDE group. It is very doubtful whether the Conservatives will wield anything like the influence they would have wielded within the EPP Centre Right group which is by far the largest group. The new Conservative grouping is also well beind the Socialist PES group in terms of the number of MEP's.

The Group Declaration is as follows (credits to Guy Fawkes www.order-order.com)

THE PRAGUE DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES OF THE EUROPEAN CONSERVATIVES AND REFORMISTS GROUP IN THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

CONSCIOUS OF THE URGENT NEED TO REFORM THE EU ON THE BASIS OF EUROREALISM, OPENNESS, ACCOUNTABILITY AND DEMOCRACY, IN A WAY THAT RESPECTS THE SOVEREIGNTY OF OUR NATIONS AND CONCENTRATES ON ECONOMIC RECOVERY, GROWTH AND COMPETITIVENESS, THE EUROPEAN CONSERVATIVES AND REFORMISTS GROUP SHARES THE
FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES:

1. Free enterprise, free and fair trade and competition, minimal regulation, lower taxation, and small government as the ultimate catalysts for individual freedom and personal and national prosperity.
2. Freedom of the individual, more personal responsibility and greater democratic accountability.
3. Sustainable, clean energy supply with an emphasis on energy security.
4. The importance of the family as the bedrock of society.
5. The sovereign integrity of the nation state, opposition to EU federalism and a renewed respect for true subsidiarity.
6. The overriding value of the transatlantic security relationship in a revitalised NATO, and support for young democracies across Europe.
7. Effectively controlled immigration and an end to abuse of asylum procedures
8. Efficient and modern public services and sensitivity to the needs of both rural and urban communities.
9. An end to waste and excessive bureaucracy and a commitment to greater transparency and probity in the EU institutions and use of EU funds.
10. Respect and equitable treatment for all EU countries, new and old, large and small.

8 comments:

Crefishgyn said...

At keast Point 10 means they'll support and respect Wales when we become a full member of the EU. That's progress!

Pelagius said...

More to the point for Plaid, it's likely that the Green / European Free Alliance group, including Jill Evans, is likely to be bigger than these anti-Europeans.

New Labour's group - laughingly called the PES (Party of European Socialists) - has been in a strong parliamentary alliance with the Tory's old group for the past 5 years, promoting their joint neo-conservative agenda. Not much will change in that regard as they confirmed today.

Socialists and greens promote Green/EFA MEPs and not worry about mild re-alignments amongst the majority neo-conservatives whether it's in the UK or the EU.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Grateful to Pelagius for pointing out that PES and EPP were strongly allied over the period of the last parliament so itsw ironic really that Labour who got thrashed in the European elections will probably enjoy more influence than the Tories will.

No doubt PES and EPP will get behind Barroso as President despite the disquiet amongst many MEP's.

Lehendakari said...

We always thought the Tories were taking the piss now we know it. Fancy going in the same group as the homophobic ultra right Polish Law and Justice Party run by the twins. Can't possibly do Cameron's credibility any good and I wonder how long the moderate centre right MEP's will be able to somach them?

Pelagius said...

On Barroso, with less New Labour influence, the PES is now more anti-Barroso. The secretive Council of Ministers (member-state governments, including the UK, of course!) has voted to back Barroso.

But parliament has the power of co-decision. Plaid's group, led by Danny Cohn-Bendit, is leading the opposition. Talk is that it's on a knife-edge.

We know where Jill Evans stands. What about the other three?

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Bearing in mind I'm a learner when it comes to European Politics, why is it they want shut of Barrosso and who do the Greens/EFA want instead?

Pelagius said...

The Green / EFA plan is to build a broad anti-Barroso coalition for the policy reasons published in a public dossier. After he's stopped, a new coalition would then have to be built around a better, alternative candidate.

This transparency and open negotiation can happen because unlike the self-anointed 'mother of parliaments' the European parliament is independent of the executive (the Council of Ministers). Its members are elected under a separate voter mandate, unlike Westminster, where there is no separation of powers. That's why British MPs are mostly government poodles and there's such a culture of secrecy.

Henry Lloyd said...

Good to see the myth of 'Brussels bureaucrats' exposed. That is just a British nationalist lie. The real secrecy, incompetence and corruption goes on in Westminster. We can all see that now.

For example, most states in mainland Europe - and Ireland - run decent railways. The Brits haven't got a clue.