The European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), which is reputed for being dominated by MEPs with radical left-leaning worldviews, has adopted the so-called “In ‘t Veld-Report” on a new “Rule-of-Law-Mechanism”.
Seasoned observers of the EP will anticipate that a report to which Sophie in ‘t Veld, a prominent Dutch Feminist-Abortion-Sodomy-Radical with a profound hatred of Europe’s cultural heritage and identity, gives her name must be one with a singularly bizarre content. And indeed, the draft matches this expectation: Continue reading
One of the reasons the EU is so unpopular with most citizens is that many politicians, mediocre though they may be, once they have made it into one of the EU institutions seem to develop a superiority complex: they believe that they are now somehow superior to all national parliaments and governments, and entitled to control and censure them.
One particularly colourful specimen of this mistaken self-perception is a new initiative, spear-headed by the Dutch Liberal MEP Sophie In ‘t Veld, pushing for “the establishment of an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights”. Continue reading
LIBE Committee Members gave this morning their order of preferences for the selection of the new Director of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA):
Lousewies van der Laan : 32 votes
Michael O’Flaherty : 30 votes
Ilze Brands Kehris : 9 votes
While the run-up between van der Laan and O’Flaherty is narrow (and thus not pre-empting the outcome of the final decision) the third candidate, Mrs. Brands Kehris, definitely seems out of the game. In other words, the Committee has expressed a clear preference for persons who openly promote radical political agendas (pro-abortion, pro-sodomy, pro-euthanasia, pro-surrogacy, etc.), and against the more “neutral” apparatchik-style candidate (whom we, in an earlier post, have described as the least bad of three very bad candidates). Continue reading
The members of the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee appear to have been informed of the three short-listed candidates for the post of Director of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) only one or two days before they were going to interview them – so it is no wonder that most of them seem to have been quite unaware of those candidates’ radical social agendas.
One of the few MEPs who apparently did inform himself prior to the hearing was Marek Jurek, a conservative MEP from Poland. When in the hearing he gets a chance to ask a question to Mrs. Lousewies van der Laan, he inquires about how she is gong to address the concerns of parents whose children are at risk of being indoctrinated with radical gender-ideology through compulsory “sex education” programmes that some countries impose on school children in open disrespect of the right of parents to be the primary educators of their children. Continue reading
Whoever may have hoped that the departure of Morten Kjaerum as Director of the might offer the controversial EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) the possibility of a fresh start must have been very disappointed when learning the names of the three candidates that have been short-listed to replace him. Indeed, with each of these candidates there is reason to fear that the Agency rather than providing, as its statutes require, politically neutral but scientifically credible expertise on human rights, will continue to produce bogus science in order to promote a radical political agenda clad in (seemingly harmless) “human rights language”.
The European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties (LIBE) is set to hold a hearing with the three candidates on Thursday 25 June from 16.30 to 18.30 (watch the lifecast here), and will take a vote on them on 2 July. That vote is not binding for the Agency’s Management Board, which will make the appointment. Continue reading
The agenda of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties (LIBE) for its upcoming meeting foresees that the Latvian Presidency will provide an update of the so-called Anti-Discrimination Directive. The controversial proposal has been blocked in Council since five years, to the frustration of the Committe, which – despite its name – has a left-leaning majority that is very keen on curtailing the contractual freedom of European citizens.
The debate will be livestreamed on the EP’s website, beginning around 10 am on Wednesday 17 June.
On 5 November the European Parliament’s committee for Civil Liberties (LIBE) spent one hour discussing the “Anti-Discrimination Directive”, which the Italian presidency of the EU has declared to be one of its priorities, but which has been stuck in the Council for more than 6 years. Continue reading