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Why is the European Union no role model for developing countries?

Who Makes The Laws For The People In Europe?

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The European Union was founded in 1957 as the European Economic Community. It then became the EC (European Community) and in 1993 the EU (European Union). From its very inception it has been haunted by corruption scandals and serious concerns about its undemocratic and unaccountable nature. The root problem within its structure lies in the European Commission which effectively drafts all laws for now 400 million people without any transparency checks in place. Whatever comes to law in the European Union has been drafted under the supervision of one of the 20 “Commissioners”. These are not elected in a democratic process, but in a completely nebulous process of announcement by EU member states and under the heavy influence of the financial investment industry and their connected corporations.

The Council of Ministers, which votes on the Commission’s proposals, meets in secret. In reality most of its decisions are taken by unelected civil servants. The European Parliament can reject some of the laws that emerge from this process but it cannot itself introduce new laws. The European Central Bank that is responsible for managing the euro is also unaccountable. Elected governments and MEPs are not allowed to try and influence its decisions. The EU’s accounts have not been approved for the past 8 years. When the EU’s chief accountant, Marta Andreasen, endeavored to expose the fraud being carried out in Brussels, the European Commission fired her from her job. Other honest officials have suffered the same fate. Ms Andreasen claims that powerful criminal syndicates are working with EU officials to steal vast sums of public money.

The term “European Corporatism” stands for this model of an economic union, which effectively amounts to government by corporations and their proxies and lobbyists. Even though there have been some attempts by the European Parliament to change the unaccountability of the European Commission they have continuously failed. The European Parliament is left to give its final nod to a ridiculous volume of draft laws on their Strasbourg sessions, with only one “Rapporteur” within each party really understanding what they are deciding on. Up to 400 drafts are approved by the EU Parliament on a single day of these sessions. It is a travesty of democracy.

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The direct result of the corrupt functioning of the European Union is a consistently growing number of laws against the very interests of the European people – laws that massively protect the interests of the big European corporations while violating the interests of its citizens. These laws range from lax environment laws to those impacting on public health. Even though the EU has never had the right to make decisions concerning public health, it continues to do so under the heavy influence of the pharmaceutical industry. The most dangerous case is the European Commissioner Frits Bolkestein, who sits on the supervisory board of the pharmaceutical giant Merck Sharp & Dohme while simultaneously ruling on EU internal trade issues.

Under the influence of Bolkestein and David Byrne (Commissioner for Health) the Council of Ministers approved the European Food Supplements Directive on 27 September 2000, notwithstanding millions of email protests from EU citizens in the months before this decision. Overriding all domestic legislation of its member states, this law bans all effective vitamin therapies in the European Union. The only sector profiting from this ban on nutritional supplements is the patent based European pharmaceutical industry, which promoted the passage of this law to protect its market for cardiovascular drugs against the medical breakthrough made by Dr. Matthias Rath.

On 31 March 2004, the European Union did the very same thing again, with the “Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive”, banning all effective herbal preparations and closing European borders to all traditional herbal preparations from developing countries and China. Two other drafts followed soon thereafter, proposing to ban the dissemination of all health information on natural therapies and declaring all natural health products medicines, subject to the regulation and control of a committee of 14 unelected pharmaceutical experts.

The pharmaceutical industry is the largest, most profitable and most powerful industrial sector within the European Union Its political and economic links extend from the smallest national committees on health issues to the very highest levels of European government. The pharmaceutical industry will stop at nothing to artificially preserve its billion-Euro trade in disease with synthetic pharmaceutical drugs. This is especially true for developing countries that are on the way to breaking pharmaceutical monopoly power and its patent-based business with disease. To undermine these efforts by the developing countries, the European Union has generated a continuous cash flow of billions of Euros into the developing countries, targeting health institutions in the emerging African Union especially. So the most critical task facing the African Union is to exclude the European Union’s influence from the development of the African Union. In order to achieve an African Union representing the interests of the African people the AU can learn from the mistakes made in the European Union. The principles of an accountable and transparent decision-making process within the African Union will be at the core of this upcoming struggle against corporate influence and control on the African continent.