The plan of forming a European federal state and ending all sorts of national sovereignty has been underway for a long time. During the “Conference on the Future of Europe” conference, federalists and anti-European eurocrats took new steps to dissolve the nation-states.
More often than not, when a formal gathering of European Union officials is called and convened, it is usually because the bloc has suddenly encountered an obstacle in its path to more significant geopolitical influence and even expansion. Even when the gatherings and conferences related to issues such as migration, LGBT matters, and the rule of law among member states, it is to be expected if such events are given labels which reflect the EU federalists’ sentiments and agendas. One such example is the recent Conference on the Future of Europe – an event name that can spark much speculation among both pro and anti-EU camps.
What was labelled as a conference here was no more than a committee of select individuals, which is why the final report to come out of the meeting does not represent conclusions which came about as a result of dialogue conducted during the event itself. Instead, the final report became a compilation of the European Commission’s predetermined specifications outlined before the conference.
If anything, this entire event is more akin to a show conference, conducted as a formality rather than resembling free dialogue between EU officials. Even those outside the European Commission who were allowed participation via online platforms were closely guided by Brussels-funded employees and representatives.
Eight hundred people were allowed to participate directly, but only as part of a confidential event held behind closed doors. The European Commission persistently refuses to disclose the complete list of participants. The lack of transparency this time can only hint to those of us on the outside that this event was organised specifically to include select representatives of the EU and their respective associated NGOs. For an institution such as the European Commission – which heavily promotes political transparency and openness – to be so secretive with an event discussing the future of the EU, it is no surprise that many have viewed the conference as a whole with suspicion.
The Rejection of Elected MEPs from the Conference
The fact that known EU federalist Guy Verhofstadt took a leading role in the team that organised this conference speaks volumes about the direction in which this event went regarding its purpose and overall message. One of the most bizarre situations during the meeting was the rejection of Spanish MEP Jorge Buxadé – Vice-President of the nationalist and Eurosceptic Vox party – from participation in the conference, despite him being elected MEP. He explicitly requested participation in the event.
The rationale for his rejection? Absurdly enough, he was allegedly refused because he was a man. The conference organisers likely wished to have a gender balance at the event. However, it still questions why an elected MEP who desired participation was rejected outright for such trivial reasons. It would be unsurprising for one to assume that it was due to the Eurosceptic nature of the Vox party that he represented.
Meanwhile, unelected EU commissioners dominated the proceedings.
“Basically, it was an anti-democratic process in which the opinion of a few – selected by globalist forces under pressure from lobbies – is passed off as the opinion of the citizens”, stated Buxadé, describing the procedure. Under these circumstances, it is not surprising that the final report from the conference reflects precisely what European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had already formulated long before the event, presenting her political agenda for her term of office from 2019 to 2024.
The Development of the European State
Moreover, the conference shall lead to a constitutional convention on the further development of a European federal state, as envisaged, for example, in the German government’s coalition agreement.
However, it should be remembered that this venture to further unite the bloc politically via an EU constitution failed several years ago due to several referendums held in some member states.
It appears that the EU’s so-called respect for the sovereignty of its member states continues to falter. In the Executive Committee, which drew up the conference’s final report, only the EU institutions decided upon what was written – significantly, with minimal cooperation with the European Council.
However, even this could not prevent the final report from being promptly followed by letters of protest from various Scandinavian and Eastern European countries, which contained explicit criticisms of treaty changes in the direction of further European centralisation.
According to the participants in the conference, in the future, Brussels’ competencies should be expanded not only in the areas of education and social affairs but also in the health sector. Following the COVID-19 pandemic and the EU’s policies concerning it over the past couple of years, it can only be assumed that such an extension of EU competencies into the European health sectors will result in further EU control over how member states should handle all health crises in the future.
Climate Change as a Reason for Migration
A union of joint liabilities is to be standardised via the common debt law, and the
budgetary right as the royal right of national parliaments – since budgetary policies
represent little more than politics in figures. This would be wholly undermined
by employing a common tax policy with transnational tax rates.
With the creation of a European Army – which is praised in the final report – the ultimate orders under which member state soldiers would be compelled to operate would be dictated by
Brussels. By undermining the principle of unanimity in the Council of Ministers, another likely aim is to deprive the Visegrad States of the possibility of further blocking the EU:s quota on the distribution of migrants in the future.
Furthermore, according to the conference’s final report, the EU citizens who were involved in the conference also reportedly wanted climate change to be recognised as a factor in migration and new asylum applications. These proposals make it quite clear that a critical aim in the EU’s policies towards its member states is to emphasise the need for greater green and digital reform.
Given the development of the EU so far in recent years, it calls for the bloc to be more assertive and take a more decisive leading role in promoting its so-called values and norms to read more like threats than policy proposals. Such reforms would mean that domestic deindustrialisation and digital policies outlined by member states would have to go through Brussels before being approved fully. In other words, the EU would have an even greater say over future policies proposed by the bloc’s member states, further weakening national sovereignty.
Bizarre Dance Show Ends The Conference
One incredibly bizarre scene occurred at the end of the conference, in which a dance performance was held throughout the European Parliament in front of all of the MEPs. The performance was reportedly a showcase of “interpretative dance “and was alleged to have been intended as an artistic portrayal of the policies outlined by the conference and its visions for the future of the EU.
However, to those who are more sceptical of the EU and its ambitions for the future of the continent, it rather quite absurd that while the European Parliament discusses green, digital and migration policies, an interpretative dance group silently performs amongst the hundreds of equally-confused MEPs, a destructive war in Eastern Europe that threatens to escalate into a Third World War and a looming economic crisis risks toppling the current world order as we know it today.
In a few months, there will be a “feedback event “, during which the European Parliament will convene to analyse how far member states have come in advancing the agendas following the Conference on the Future of Europe.
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