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McDonald tells Barosso "it's time for the EU Commission to reflect"

30 June, 2005

Sinn Féin National Chairperson and MEP for Dublin Mary Lou McDonald has today said that 'the European Union is running scared of the electorate'. Today's session of the Forum on Europe was addressed by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.

Speaking today Ms McDonald said:

"At today's session on the Forum on Europe I challenged the President the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso on his assertion that the EU is listening to people in light of the referendum result in France and the Netherlands.

"It is a contradiction to say that you are both listening to people on the one hand, and on the other hand say that the EU Constitution in its current form is the best deal on the table and the EU is going to continue with business as usual.

The reality is that the European elites are running scared of the electorate; this is why they have put the EU Constitution process into deep freeze.

"It is clear that the European Commission and Council have a very different vision for the future of the EU to that of citizens of many member states and they are now trying to find a way to push their proposals through.

"When the voters in a member state speak, they need to be listened to. It is time for reflection - it is time for the European Commission and Council to reflect on the concerns being expressed and do something about them. However, given that they are so far removed from the voter and we have currently have no means to hold either the Commission or the Council to account for their actions this is unlikely to happen.

"Sinn Féin has long held the view that a new vision is required. We want to help create an alternative Europe which promotes equality, social protections and global justice. The current Europe is taking us down a different path, to one which promotes increased militarism, the shifting of power further from national institutions and economic growth at the expense of environmental and social progress." ENDS

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