Democracy European style circumvents the rules

So this is
Democracy European style, and this is fast becoming democracy
UK style. Rules?, what rules? Oh those
rules, they just get in the way and take too long, just make it up as you go
along. Don’t worry about the legal base, we’ll cover our tracks later.

That’s the
conclusion of the EU Data Protection Supervisor as he slammed the way in which
the Data sharing agreement was concluded by 7 member states in Prum. 

The European
Commission, pushed by the European Council, neglected its statutory obligation
to ensure its initiatives are democratically accountable, transparent, and
planned wisely, when considering plans for police data sharing the European
Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said yesterday.

The EDPS took the
unusual step of speaking out of turn on the Treaty of Prüm, a legislative
measure designed to give European police forces a legal basis for sharing data
with one another. There's nothing wrong with sharing data to catch baddies, but
the framework has been knocked up in such a hurry since the treaty was signed
in May 2005 that the EDPS is worried it pays scant regard to the liberties of
ordinary people. 

Moreover, the
EDPS has criticised the “democratic legitimacy” of the initiative and
even raised questions about its legal basis. “One could argue that the
Prüm convention breaches the law of the European Union, for the reasons
mentioned above,” said the EDPS in the opinion. But, it added, as it's all
about introducing European law into an area where it has minimal jurisdiction
anyway, it's “mainly theoretical”.

The EDPS's
problem stemmed from the way in which Prüm was established. European police
wanted to share data, but the law restricted them. An EU framework that would
allow them to share is working through the
Brussels mangle, but is likely to take a long
time. So a coterie of seven member states broke away from the EU and met in
Prüm to establish the basis for their own data sharing arrangement. 

“As a
result, other member states are denied a real say in the choice of rules,”
the EDPS said.

“It denies
all need for a democratic and transparent legislative process since it does not
even respect the already very limited prerogatives under the third pillar”
(The third pillar being the area of police and judicial matters over which the
EU has so little influence). (source)


So what other
laws have this government forced through in this manner? What other laws are we
following that fail the democracy test? What other laws have no legal base?

This is not a mistake, this is by design, planned, done on purpose. Think back to March 25th, the European declaration, where it stated that it wanted data sharing and ID cards pushed through in a way that would circumvent the normal parliamentary constraints.

Somebody out there wants you, me and everyone else in Europe tagged and monitored, and they want it done quickly.


NuLab –
from the inside out.



About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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