The Article 36 Committee

Lets go back in time a bit. Back to the days when Tony Blair ruled supreme in the UK, and not long after the horrendous events of 9/11.

The UK, like most other western nations started to implement a flood of anti-terror legislation. But who wrote it? (it is all virtually identical in just about every country), and who checked to see if it was being implemented properly.

In our case, it was the EU civil service working in conjunction with the European Commission who wrote it all up, back in 1997 as part of the Joint Action Plan (Joint Action 97/827/JHA), long before 9/11, but then in 2002 decided to create a somewhat secretive EU committee to ensure that all member states were implementing it properly, as it had to be amended to fit in with each states legal system.

Council Decision 2002/996/JHA of 28 November 2002 establishing a mechanism for evaluating the legal systems and their implementation at national level in the fight against terrorism [Official Journal L 349 of 24.12.2002].
The purpose of this Decision is to establish a simplified evaluation mechanism which is more rapid than the mechanism provided for by Joint Action 97/827/JHA. The Article 36 Committee (the committee set up pursuant to Article 36 of the TEU) is to determine, on a proposal from the EU Presidency, the specific subject of the evaluation as well as the order in which Member States are to be evaluated. A list of the experts appointed by Member States will by sent to the Secretariat-General of the Council. This list will be used to set up the evaluation teams (two experts per team of a different nationality to the country to be evaluated).

The Commission will be closely involved in all of the work carried out.
Evaluations will be carried out on the basis of a questionnaire, to which Member States will have one month to reply. The countries under investigation will be visited for evaluation where considered necessary.
A draft report will then be prepared and sent to the Member State being evaluated for their comments. The report is to be forwarded confidentially to the Article 36 Committee. Once a year the Presidency will inform the Council of the results of the complete evaluation exercise. The Council may then address any recommendations it sees fit to the Member States concerned. The European Parliament will be informed confidentially of the implementation of the evaluation mechanism.

Thats why all the anti-terror legislation was rushed through the UK Parliament, reams and reams of it, and that’s why MPs didn’t bother reading it and just voted as whips dictated. Their reward I suspect was unfettered access to the expenses system, until of course their dirty work was done, then neither they or the reward system was needed.

Another salami slice of our Common Law freedoms sold to the EU for a few pieces of silver by elitist and traitorous MPs, and one more step in the creation of the EU empire.

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