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EU Scrutiny report greatly exaggerates significance of protocol on national parliaments – Ó Snodaigh

23 May, 2008

Sinn Féin member of the Oireachtas EU Scrutiny Committee Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has said the report published by the committee today is not fully endorsed by the committee. Deputy Ó Snodaigh, as the only dissenting voice on the committee, said he does not endorse the report and criticised other members of the committee for not allowing room for dissenting voices.

He said, "The report from the EU Scrutiny committee today does not have my support and therefore is not endorsed by the entire committee and should not be presented as a committee report.

"The report greatly exaggerates the significance of the protocol on national parliaments. The protocol, and in particular the yellow and orange cards do not 'greatly enhance the powers of national parliaments'. Rather they are weak and cumbersome mechanisms which do little to improve the role on member state parliaments in the legislative process.

"When compared with the loss of member state vetoes (68) new competencies (33) self amending articles (8) and the new roles and offices (EU president, foreign minister, diplomatic corp), the shift of power away from the member state and to the EU institutions is substantial, and in no way compensated for by the protocol on national parliaments." ENDS

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