How von der Leyen’s EU Commission got its Covid-19 priorities all wrong
If the EU hadn’t used Covid to pose as a global power, could it have got vaccines sooner?
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Brexit Facts4EU.Org report on how EU’s posturing on world stage usurped interests of EU citizens
Despite the EU Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, declaring that its vaccine programme is a success and has delivered, almost no-one in the 27 EU country capitals genuinely agrees with this.
In today’s report, Facts4EU.Org presents its analysis of the EU Commission’s obsession with using the Covid crisis to posture on the world stage, sending EU taxpayers’ money, vaccines and materials abroad, whilst failing to get a grip on providing vaccines for its own citizens.
Timeline – EU Commission’s global posturing and largesse
Below is an exclusive Facts4EU.Org summary of some of the initiatives which have been pre-occupying Frau von der Leyen and her colleagues at the EU Commission since the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus early last year.
We have only listed the activities which have a clear financial cost. There were many more. In amongst all of this there were numerous ‘global summits’, new fora, and a variety of ‘initiatives’ which were planned and announced by the Commission.
Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary
EU Commission's global manoeuvres, Feb 2020-Jun 2021
Table © Facts4EU.Org 2021
Note: Whilst we have totalled the amounts in the table above, it is perfectly possible that some individual items have been aggregated in other larger items. The EU Commission has an irritating habit of announcing the same thing, in different ways, on several occasions and grouping them in different ways. Our advice is not to take the total amount as being definitive.
The EU superpower wannabes' motives
Trawling through the enormous propaganda output of the EU Commission since the outbreak of Covid-19, it is hard not to draw the conclusion that Frau von der Leyen and her colleagues saw the Covid crisis as an opportunity.
Firstly they used this opportunity to promote “Europe” (meaning the European Union) as a global power – benefactors and world leaders in a glorious “we’re all in this together” movement.
Secondly, they were able to use the crisis in June last year to persuade the EU27 to let them take over the vaccine procurement and supply programme to the exclusion of the EU’s nation states. Previously, national health issues like this had not been in the EU Commission’s remit.
How does this affect the United Kingdom - we're out, aren't we?
Whenever we produce reports such as this, Remainers on social media trot out the same old refrain: "We're out so what do you care?" They prefer to avoid the facts we present, of course, or state that they are 'fake news' despite them coming from our research of official EU information.
In this case, our report is highly relevant to UK voters. Until 31 December 2020 the UK was still liable for its share of monies spent by the EU.
Questions for the EU
One of the key questions must surely be whether the Commission’s pre-occupation with becoming some form of global charity and superpower diverted its attention away from what should have been its priority – its own citizens and their well-being.
Perhaps if they had focused more on matters closer to home, the EU’s vaccines performance would not have been as dire as it has been.
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