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MEP Anderson slates blinkered EU Commission in debate

4 July, 2012 - by Martina Anderson MEP

inn Féin MEP Martina Anderson speaking today in support of a GUE/NGL Group Resolution in the EU Parliament slated the blinkered approach on the priorities for the work in 2013 by the European Commission.

 Martina Anderson said:

“Irish Patriot, Liam Mellowes said of another Treaty forced on the Irish people in the early 20th Century- ‘it passed not because of the will of the people, but because of the fear of the people’.

“Engendering fear seems to be the response of the EU institutions to the ever-growing resistance - in votes and in protests across Europe - to the failed policies of Austerity. There is no imagination in the blinkered approach being adopted by the Commision.

“The Commission's Work Programme needs to devise a radically new approach to put the people's needs before profits and recognise that austerity measures have a particularly detrimental effect on women and children.

“The Programme needs to stimulate public investment in growth and jobs, it needs to support SMEs and be adaptable to the particular needs of each Member State.

“This must be the basis of any credible crisis resolution strategy.”

 The Sinn Féin MEP went on to identify a number of requirements that she believed should be reflected in the Programme.

She said:

“Among the requirements for a comprehensive stimulus package for growth and job creation are the need for a well-funded, flexible and simplified CAP;a new PEACE IV programme; a rejection of macro-economic conditionality for access to cohesion policy and regional development funds and a binding Youth Guarantee for decent jobs and training;

“Other areas that need to be addressed are an EU roadmap on equality for LGB&T persons; a comprehensive EU strategy on violence against women and implementation of the Barcelona targets on childcare provision. CRÍOCH/ENDS

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