December 8, 2008

EU Parliamentarian Admits: 80% of Laws Made up by Unelected Brussels Bureaucrats

An Irish member of the European Parliament has admitted that European Union member states are being ruled by an unelected body of elites in Brussels, without the right to reject or significantly modify 80 percent of their laws.

Mrs. Katherine Sinnott, the Member of the European Parliament for Ireland South, told a conference in Rome that the European Parliament has become a profoundly anti-democratic institution that threatens the rights of the unborn and the family.

Speaking before a conference of Catholic Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in Rome last week, Mrs Sinnott said that in the Republic of Ireland, 80 percent of the laws that go through the Dail (the national parliament) originate from non-Irish MEPs in Brussels. In Germany the estimate is 83 percent.

“In recent years, the EU has significantly shifted the process of lawmaking in Europe away from democratically elected individuals at the national level, to a small group of ideologically left-leaning elites who are fundamentally opposed to democratic principles, the sovereign rights of individual nations and to natural marriage and the right to life,” she said.

“Lawmakers increasingly are anyone above the citizens and those that they directly elect. And we have to point out that this is true even at the national level.”

Mrs Sinnot also admitted that it is only “(T)ranspositions of laws already passed in Brussels that come into effect in Ireland. Irish lawmakers have no right to vote to reject these laws.

“Only 20 percent or less of the laws in the national parliament, created by the people we actually elect, are original laws.”

Furthermore, those laws that are passed in Brussels and transposed to the member states may not be significantly changed, and only those changes that are approved by the EU Commission and Council are tolerated.

In addition, she told the conference, there is little hope of an objective or unbiased judiciary at the international level. “The actual stated job,” she said, “of the European Court of Justice, the EU’s court, is to promote the ‘European project’.”

The Court of Justice, she said, is an ideologically motivated body that will use international agreements and treaties to “promote the European project.”

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