Record number of complaints against EU institutions further evidence that it is out of touch - de Brún
Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has today said that the EU needs a ‘bottom-up participative approach that begins to reconnect people with politicians and the political institutions in a real and meaningful way’.
Ms de Brún made her comments after it emerged that a record 3920 complaints were made against the European Union by citizens in 2005. Amongst complaints made were the EU's lack of transparency and allegations of abuse of power.
Speaking today Ms de Brún said:
“2005 will go down as a year of record citizens’ complaints against the EU and its institutions, and it is unlikely that this will surprise many people. The EU is still elitist, largely unaccountable and lacks transparency, yet it exerts huge power and control over all our lives.
“Those who doubt this lack of accountability and transparency should remember that the European Commission has the sole power to initiate legislation at EU level, even though they are an unelected and unaccountable body. Furthermore, the European Council of Ministers makes legislative decisions largely in secret.
“Sinn Féin has consistently challenged this culture of unaccountability, lack of transparency and the wider issue of the democratic deficit in the EU. We need a bottom-up participative approach that begins to reconnect people with politicians and the political institutions in a real and meaningful way at both the micro and macro levels.” ENDS