The European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) will conduct a public hearing on “the situation of Fundamental Rights in the EU” next Monday at 3pm. The meeting can be watched live on the European Parliament’s website.
The composition of the panels lets us expect the worst. Nevertheless, it will be a good occasion for our readers to have a closer look at how the political left is able to fill the term “fundamental rights” with content that ordinary citizens would never imagine. In particular, much of the programme serves the apparent purpose propagandizing the conferral of new powers to the institutions involved.
The first panel includes Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans, who predictably will argue for a quick adoption of the controversial proposal for a horizontal Anti-Discrimination, and for the creation of a new “Rule of Law Mechanism” that would give unprecedented new powers to the Commission. Then there is Juliane Kokott, who is remembered as the Attorney General pushing for an extravagant interpretation of “gender equality” in the Test Achats case. Besides, there is Nils Muižnieks, a.k.a the CoE Human Rights Commissioner who believes that post-natal infanticides are outside his competence, and a representative of Amnesty International, which once was a human rights advocacy group and now is an abortion lobby.
On the second panel, there is Gabriel Toggenburg, representing the controversial EU Fundamental Rights Agency, another institution in search for new competences and powers, and Lotte Leicht, a representative of Human Rights Watch, the human rights branch of George Soros’ philantropy empire.
The event will be presided over by Claude Moraes, a Socialist MEP from the UK who is the current Chair of the LIBE Committee and Laura Ferrara (EFDD), Rapporteur on the situation of fundamental rights in the EU.