The EU Commission President has a lot to teach Leo Varadkar about blarney
EU’s propaganda reaches biblical proportions as €7.5bn miraculously becomes €1,000bn
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Exactly who is stumping up the cash for the EU’s massive €1 trillion “Green Deal”?
Yesterday at Dublin Castle, the Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hosted new EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, for speeches about Ireland, Brexit, and the EU’s new €1 TRILLION “European Green Deal”.
Frau von der Leyen had something to say about all three topics, as well as making some extraordinary assertions about the EU’s role in the Good Friday Agreement and about the EU actually increasing national sovereignty.
What is the EU Commission’s new “Green Deal”?
On Tuesday the EU Commission launched its funding plans for its new “European Green Deal” in a blaze of publicity. Numerous Commissioners were wheeled out for statements and press conferences.
“The plan that we present today, to mobilize at least €1 trillion, will show the direction and unleash a green investment wave,” said Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
EU Commission answers the question: “What is the European Green Deal?”
“The European Green Deal is about improving the well-being of people. Making Europe climate-neutral and protecting our natural habitat will be good for people, planet and economy. No one will be left behind.”
This ‘Green Deal’ is the top priority of the new EU Commission. Its new President, Frau von der Leyen, actually announced this in the summer of last year, before the rest of her Commission had even been appointed. Given that this is a policy, it is perhaps surprising that it was an unelected bureaucrat - and not the 28 political leaders of the EU countries – who set this as the principal objective of the Commission for the next five years.
The EU’s funding for its new ‘Green Deal’ – an invisible (greenhouse) gas?
The Commission has provided a great deal of talk about its new ‘Green Deal’. The overriding message is that this is a €1 TRILLION EU initiative.
Delving into the detail, however, a different reality emerges.
The simple fact is that the Commission is proposing to spend only €7.5 billion in extra funding over the next seven years – and that is only if this extra EU budget is approved by the EU Council. The Council of 27 national leaders is still a long way from approving the overall budget proposal put forward by Jean-Claude Juncker for the next seven years, let alone agreeing to extra funding.
EU Budget Commissioner admits funding at end of press conference
Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary
“Fresh money is €7.5 billion, full stop.”
- Admitted by Johannes Kahn, EU Budget Commissioner, Strasbourg, 14 Jan 2020
€7.5 billion is less than 1% of the total amount of €1 TRILLION ‘Green Deal’ which the Commission is now talking about each day.
So where is the remaining 99% of funding going to come from?
A portion of the money will come from EU budgets supposed to be used for other things. For example, national governments will be expected to use monies they receive under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, European Agricultural Guarantee Fund, European Regional Development Fund, Cohesion Fund, Horizon Europe and Life funds.
The rest of the funding is expected to come from the European Investment Bank, taxpayers in each country, and private investment companies.
The EU Commission is proposing to provide only 0.75% of the new funding for its No.1 priority policy.
Ireland – EU Commission President teaches Leo Varadkar a thing or two about blarney
On top of talking about her new ‘Green Deal’ in Ireland yesterday, Frau von der Leyen found time for some comments on the Good Friday Agreement, on Brexit, and on the EU and national sovereignty.
Bizarre statements from the new EU Commission President
“Your membership of the European Union paved the way to the Good Friday Agreement… And when Brexit put the Good Friday Agreement under threat, the European Union stood firmly on the side of peace.”
“Today we hear sometimes that the European Union takes national sovereignty away from Member States. The opposite is the case. And this is a good example here: the three years since the Brexit referendum demonstrate that.”
- EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Dublin, 15 Jan 2020
When it comes to the EU’s new ‘Green Deal’, the EU Commission has excelled itself. Over the years the Brexit Facts4EU.Org team has become used to seeing increasingly outlandish propaganda from Brussels, but the announcements in recent days must surely take “le biscuit”.
Not since the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5,000 at Bethsaida 2,000 years ago with five loaves and two fishes has so much been created out of so little.
In essence, the EU Commission is re-badging a large part of the EU budget (supposed to be for other things) and allocating it to the new ‘Green Deal’ policy. The Commission then expects national governments to cough up billions from taxpayer funds, it expects the European Central Bank to become the European Green Bank, and it expects private investment funds to make up the rest – no doubt with massive incentives.
The EU Commission President’s comments in Ireland
The EU was not involved in negotiating the Good Friday Agreement. At best it could be said that it had observer status. For Frau von der Leyen to suggest that Ireland’s “membership of the European Union paved the way to the Good Friday Agreement” is astonishing.
On the issue of sovereignty, it gets worse. It is a matter of incontrovertible fact that the EU has steadily removed entire areas of policy and governance from the national governments of its members. Some have become ‘shared competences’ and significant areas have become ‘sole competences’ of the EU Commission.
For example, trade policy is the sole competence of the EU Commission, which is why the UK is now finally able to look forward to doing its own trade deals around the world and setting its own tariffs. Thanks to Brexit.
How any rational person can try to argue that the EU actually gives more national sovereignty to its member states, rather than removing it year after year, is simply breathtaking.
If a group like ours does not show up this propaganda, distortion, Orwellian group-think, and outright lying for what it is, what will become of the mass of once-proud European nations on our doorstep? And will we still be leaving our young generation with the idea that they have lost out due to Brexit?
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