The EU’s Vice-President - with a former Soviet Communist background - revealed

Brexit Facts4EU discloses the background of “the man who would be king” of Northern Ireland

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Just over two years ago this man gave his own version of Lady Thatcher’s Bruges speech

Yesterday we reported on the speech given in Belfast by the EU’s de facto Commissar of Northern Ireland, Maroš Šefčovič. He flew in to claim credit for a €1.1bn ‘Peace’ fund predominantly financed by the UK taxpayer. As he sat in the audience before his speech, he was flanked by the anti-UK Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the UK’s Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris.

Mr Šefčovič likes giving speeches. Just over two years ago he gave one at the ‘College of Europe’ – some 33 years after the famous Bruges Speech delivered there by Baroness Thatcher in 1988. In the EU Commissioner’s version he quoted the late Baroness six times.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org felt that readers might wish to become better acquainted with this man, given that he now seems to be able to fly into the UK’s sovereign territory like he owns it.

In his lengthy speech about the EU’s relations with the UK in 2021, we pointed out that Mr Šefčovič had quoted Baroness Thatcher six times, seeming to suggest that she was actually in favour of the EU. This is a gross misrepresentation, which we shall come on to. Before we do that, we have a question for readers. (Photo right: Mr Šefčovič, June 2021)

The ‘Iron Lady’ and the EU's former Soviet Communist

When the ‘Iron Lady’ was making her speech in Bruges in 1988,
would readers like to take a wild guess where Mr Šefčovič was living?

Answer: Moscow, where he lived and studied for five years.
He only returned when the Soviet Union collapsed.

In 1985 Maroš Šefčovič left his home country, the Soviet puppet state of Czechoslovakia, and headed east to Moscow. In going east to Russia Mr Šefčovič did not suffer the fate of hundreds of his fellow countrymen and women who had been killed attempting to cross the border in the opposite direction, to the West.

The EU Vice President spent five years in Moscow, at the elite university called the ‘Moscow State Institute of International Relations’.

Two years after Maroš Šefčovič's arrival he submitted his application for formal membership of the Czechoslovak Communist Party (KSČ). In those days Party membership was a serious accolade and was not granted to everyone.

Fortunately the National Archive in Prague holds records of such people and to the right is a copy of his successful application. (Credit: Dennik / Národní archiv)

At the time he lived there, a certain Vladimir Putin had just been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the KGB. He was then sent to East Germany to work with the hated Stasi secret police of that despotic regime.

The Prague Spring and the ‘Velvet Revolution’

In the mid-1960s Czechoslovakia had slowly been attempting to liberalise. In August 1968 this ‘Prague Spring’ was brutally crushed by Moscow, when tanks and some 500,000 troops from the Warsaw Pact invaded and the Soviet Union was able to demolish the Dubcek government and bolster the power of the hardline KSČ, of which Maroš Šefčovič was a member.

At the time that Maroš Šefčovič left for Moscow the brutal suppression of the flowerings of a liberal society (including many deaths as a result) in his home country were of course completely fresh in the minds of its citizens.

This did not deter Mr Šefčovič on his journey to become more immersed in the study of Marxism-Leninism in the capital city of the country which was the author of the violence and oppression.

The writing was finally on the (Berlin) wall for the EU’s now Vice President

It was only in 1990, following the fall of the Soviet Union, that Maroš Šefčovič returned to his home country.

At this point it is worth noting that the demise of the Eastern Bloc was caused in no small part by the rigorous stance of Baroness Thatcher and of President Ronald Reagan. This is the same Margaret Thatcher – as she then was – whom Mr Šefčovič chose to quote many times in his speech just over two years ago in Bruges.

Vice President Šefčovič on the Brussels gravy train

Since that time, Maroš Šefčovič has exclusively pursued a career in academia and politics. This career even included a time as Slovak Ambassador to Zimbabwe. He has worked in Brussels since 2004 and has been an EU Commissioner for 14 years.

Facts4EU.Org has been unable to find any evidence that the EU Vice President has ever held a job outside politics or has had any experience whatsoever of business or trade. We even accessed his ‘declaration of interests’ held at the EU Commission in Brussels, and there isn’t one single personal commercial activity, investment, or interest listed.

This is the man who negotiated with Lord Frost and who is now Vice-President of the European Commission for Inter-Institutional Relations (covering the UK) and Executive Vice-President of the European Commission for the European Green Deal, borrowing hundreds of billions of euros.

Finally, what did Baroness Thatcher actually say about the (future) EU?

In his ‘EU Bruges speech’ in 2021, the EU Vice President seemed to want to invoke the late Baroness Thatcher in support of a new EU superstate and empire, by selectively quoting short phrases from her 1988 speech.

In fact Margaret Thatcher’s speech became famous for its renunciation of the ‘European Community’ project, talking of the “willing co-operation between independent, sovereign states”, “perusing policies that relate supply more closely to market requirements”, and the “need for the Community to encourage enterprise”.

Below are some other quotations from that famous Bruges Speech.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary

Some key excerpts from Baroness Thatcher's Bruges Speech, 1988

The opening words

“Mr. Chairman, you have invited me to speak on the subject of Britain and Europe. Perhaps I should congratulate you on your courage. If you believe some of the things said and written about my views on Europe, it must seem rather like inviting Genghis Khan to speak on the virtues of peaceful coexistence!”

On the United Kingdom’s sacrifices for Europe

“But we British have in a very special way contributed to Europe. Over the centuries we have fought to prevent Europe from falling under the dominance of a single power. We have fought and we have died for her freedom.”

Other quotations from the speech

“The Community is not an end in itself. Nor is it an institutional device to be constantly modified according to the dictates of some abstract intellectual concept. Nor must it be ossified by endless regulation.”

“To try to suppress nationhood and concentrate power at the centre of a European conglomerate would be highly damaging and would jeopardise the objectives we seek to achieve.”

“We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain, only to see them re-imposed at a European level with a European super-state exercising a new dominance from Brussels.”

“If we cannot reform those Community policies which are patently wrong or ineffective and which are rightly causing public disquiet, then we shall not get the public support for the Community's future development.”

“The lesson of the economic history of Europe in the 70's and 80's is that central planning and detailed control do not work and that personal endeavour and initiative do. That a State-controlled economy is a recipe for low growth and that free enterprise within a framework of law brings better results.”

“Our aim should not be more and more detailed regulation from the centre: it should be to deregulate and to remove the constraints on trade.”

And finally

“Let Europe be a family of nations, understanding each other better, appreciating each other more, doing more together but relishing our national identity no less than our common European endeavour. Let us have a Europe which plays its full part in the wider world, which looks outward not inward, and which preserves that Atlantic community — that Europe on both sides of the Atlantic — which is our noblest inheritance and our greatest strength.”


None of our team have ever met Mr Šefčovič. We have no reason to believe he is not kind to children and animals. Our profile above - limited as ever by our policy of writing punchy reports people will read - relates to his background and professional life. We have not been able to find a complete repudiation by him of the Soviet regime, which his actions showed he so clearly supported for many years.

As far as we can tell, Mr Šefčovič has only flirted with the idea of democracy once. In 2019 he stood in the election to be President of Slovakia. He was roundly defeated by Zuzana Čaputová. Since then he seems to have been happy with his appointed positions in the EU Commission, which do not require any popular mandate.

As with Mr Šefčovič's speech in Belfast on Monday (which we dissected here), it is our opinion that his Bruges speech in June 2021 misled his audience and the public. When someone holds positions with such grand-sounding titles as Vice-President of the European Commission for Inter-Institutional Relations (covering the UK) and Executive Vice-President of the European Commission for the European Green Deal - and when that person wields considerable power with no popular mandate - it is not unreasonable to expect that his public utterances should reflect reality.

Why does this matter to Brexit Britain?

The reason this should matter to the British public is simple. On Monday Mr Šefčovič demonstrated the power of EU propaganda - and did so on what is supposed to be United Kingdom sovereign territory. His presence alone made the €1.1bn 'EU Peace Plus" fund appear to be an EU programme. We have clearly demonstrated that this is 80% funded by the British. We have also shown what this money is being spent on.

It is now almost eight years since the Brexit Facts4EU.Org team started researching the EU's dealings in detail. In a world where the public is feeling increasingly disconnected with its political masters, we continue to believe that official facts matter.

And finally, the late Baroness...

Even the most cursory look at the late Baroness Thatcher’s Bruges Speech shows that she desired a relatively loose confederation of European countries working together in their common interests.

If she saw what the EU has become today there can be no doubt that she would be simply appalled. As indeed are we.

We conclude with her words : “We have not successfully rolled back the frontiers of the state in Britain, only to see them re-imposed at a European level with a European super-state exercising a new dominance from Brussels.”
- The late Baroness Margaret Thatcher, Bruges, 1988

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[ Sources: EU Commission | Dennik/Národní archiv | The Thatcher Foundation | The Bruges Group ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

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