What comes first the commission or the council? Well, the Council ‘elects’ the Commission, who are ‘proposed’ by the Council, yet the Parliament are the only elected body?
The Council consists of the ‘head’ of each member’s government (28).
The Commission consists of one member from each member state (28)
The Parliament consists of 766 members, elected by their respective countries.
Who governs who and who makes the rules?
The Parliament, which is elected every 5 years, has a President and they serve two and a half terms and 14, yes fourteen vice presidents? These VP’s sit in when the main man is away, which would appear to be quite a lot, if they need fourteen? The Parliament over-rules the Commission and could actually force the body to resign! The current President is Martin Schultz of Germany, he was elected in January 2012 by the Parliament members.
The Parliament is divided into 8 political groups and 22 committees? The committee’s job is to aid the Commission in drawing legislation, these committees each have a Chairman and four vice-chairmen.
Vary in size depending on election results.
The Commission also has a President, a Jose Emanuel Barroso of Porugal who is paid €24,422.80 a month and from it’s 28 members, it also has 6 vice presidents? These people are ‘elected’ by the Council. These VP’s are selected by the sole discretion of the President, their salaries are paid at top civil service grade which is 125% (€22,122.10 a month) How-ever the first VP is paid at 130% (€23,006.98 a month) There are further allowances on top of these figures as well as perks like chauffer driven cars. The lowly commissioners are paid €19,909.89 a month. Unlike the VP, the President doesn’t receive a private dwelling, but does have a housing allowance and a staff of 20, plus further allowances?
The Council shares Presidency between member states every 6 months.
766 MEP’s @ €32,340.00 + Allowances
The Following aren’t elected by democratic mandate!
1 President @ €24,422.80 + Housing allowance 20 staff and Allowances
1 VP @ €23,006.98 + House and Allowances
13 VP’s @ €22,122.10 + Allowances
First we get all the heads of governments together; (28) to create the Council, they in turn elect a President from one of the 28 member states. The president then selects his ‘commissioners’ (27), with the aid of the Council, who have been ‘nominated’ by their countries. 50% of who will be given a position of VP? These people are controlled by the elected MEP’s!
So far so good; BUT………Who makes all the laws? Who ‘elected’ them? The EU civil service are recruited directly via ‘competitions’, set by the EPSO, European Personnel Selection Office (?), who in turn are ‘elected’ by? The ‘heads’ of state don’t meet long enough to come up with all the ‘diktats’ we have put up with over the years, that our ELECTED, MEP’s only get to vote on? So, who thinks them up?
The first Commission originated in 1951 as the nine-member “High Authority’ under President Jean Monnet;
In 1945 Monnet proposed the Monnet Plan, also known as the “Theory of l’Engrenage” (not to be confused with the Schuman plan). It included taking control of the remaining German coal-producing areas and redirecting the production away from the German industry and into the French, thus permanently weakening Germany and raising the French economy considerably above its pre-war levels. The plan was adopted by Charles de Gaulle in early 1946.
Later that year, Monnet successfully negotiated the Blum–Byrnes agreement with the United States, which cleared France from a $2.8 billon debt (mostly World War I loans) and provided the country with an additional low-interest loan of $650 million. In return, France opened its cinemas to American movies.
In 1947 France removed the Saar from Germany, with U.S. support, and turned it into the Saar protectorate, which was politically independent and under complete French economic control. The area returned to German political administration in 1951 (economic reunification would take many years longer), but France retained the right to mine from its coal mines until 1981.
When Germany agreed to join the European Coal and Steel Community according to the Schuman Plan in 1951, the ongoing dismantling of German industry was halted and some of the restrictions on German industrial output were lifted. West Germany joined the ECSC, alongside Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, while Britain refused, on grounds of national sovereignty. (We seem to have found a few who would sell us out since?)
In 1952, Jean Monnet became the first president of the High Authority and with the opening of the common market for coal under the ECSC in 1953, the last civilian production limitations placed on German industry were lifted, and the role of the IAR was taken over by the ECSC.
Monnet April 1952; “Europe’s nations should be guided towards the superstate without their people understanding what is happening. This can be accomplished by successive steps each disguised as having an economic purpose, but which will eventually and irreversibly lead to federation”
Monnet speech, June 1955; “After presiding over the High Authority of the European Coal and Steel Community for two and a half years, I am leaving Luxembourg, where we have been made so welcome and where we have started our work so successfully. The new President, Mr René Meyer, takes up his post tomorrow, and I have no doubt that what was started, two and a half years ago now, will be continued. What was started is the United States of Europe. I think it is very important that every one of you should realise what the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community and the United States of Europe means for you and for your children in the years to come.”
So people, the original plan all along were to create a United States of Europe, as envisaged by Churchill, as a ‘trading bloc’ which eventually became, via the French, a Political take-over!
We are being led down a path that takes us to a Corporate State, our democratic and Sovereign rights will be taken from us, in fact, under the terms of the European Arrest Warrant, EAW, we lose our democratic right to habeas corpus, our right to Innocent until proven Guilty and our right to Trial by Jury and our final outcome will be slavery. But not in the sense of ‘owned’ slaves as in years gone by, with chains, no, we will be subjected to working for a pittance supported with ‘benefits’ or ‘tax credits’ if you like to pay for things like rent and council tax! You see as part of the TTIP agreement, all our public service rights, will be sold to foreign corporations, this places ALL public sector work ACROSS THE BOARD, in UK, EU and USA in the hands of corporations and bankers, so there would be no point running, were could one possibly go that would be ‘different’?
In May 2002, the UK government published a White Paper Your Region, Your Choice outlining its plans for the possible establishment of Elected Regional Assemblies. These assemblies were to be responsible for regional strategies dealing with sustainable development, economic development, spatial planning, transport, waste, housing, culture (including tourism) and biodiversity. They would be funded primarily by central government grant, with powers to raise additional funds from a precept on the council tax.
Between June 2008 and March 2010 Eight of the nine Regional Chambers, were abolished? Only London Assembly continues and is under the control of Greater London Authority. Each chamber corresponded to a region of England.
Following the abolition of the regional chambers, smaller Local Authority Leaders’ Boards took over responsibilities for scrutiny of RDAs and Single Regional Plans.
The first local authority leaders’ board, 4NW, was established in July 2008 and others were formed once the regional chamber for that region was abolished. By April 2010, eight leaders’ boards had been established.
In June 2010, the new Conservative–LibDem coalition government announced plans to remove funding from the new boards and to remove their statutory functions. The boards may continue as voluntary associations of council leaders. regional development agencies were abolished on 31 March 2012, with their functions being taken over by smaller local enterprise partnerships which are not based on regional boundaries.
This is part of their re-structuring and boundary changes, after we fully integrate with the EU, we revert to regions, as was, but EU regions, incorporating Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland. They will attempt to devolve powers, but this won’t give power to the people, as they say it will, no, it will be devolved to a local stake-holder body (quango), which will be unelected and therefore become unable to be sacked?