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EU failing to face up to Lisbon’s failed policies – Ireland and the EU needs a new Treaty for a new time

25 March, 2009


Speaking today during a parliamentary debate in Strasbourg on last weeks EU Council summit conclusions Sinn Fein Deputy Leader and Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald asked, “Is the common refrain that ´we must learn the lessons of this economic crisis` genuine? If it is then the case for fundamental change in EU policy and treaties is now unanswerable and should be the substantive content of EU Council deliberations.”

Ms McDonald said:

“In the midst of this economic crisis - a crisis conceived and driven by failed policy at member state and EU level - the protection of jobs and creation of new employment must be the absolute priority.

“The haemorrhage of jobs must be stopped. That will require proactive interventions by member state governments. Failed free market theology must not stand in the way of doing right by workers. In Ireland and throughout Europe the focus must be economic stimulation and the number one priority job retention and creation.

“The light touch regulation of the financial markets was always a road to rip off and corruption. Obsessive deregulation and privatisation of public services has, and will if left unchallenged, continue to prevent sustainable economic growth that delivers a fair society.

“Is the common refrain that ´we must learn the lessons of this economic crisis` genuine? If it is then the case for fundamental change in EU policy and treaties is now unanswerable and should be the substantive content of EU Council deliberations.

“The Lisbon Treaty is a charter for the policies of failure. Ireland and Europe need a new treaty for a new time.” ENDS

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