‘We are fed up!’ French MEP erupts at EU and demands France join 11 rebel member states
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In a post on her party National Rally’s website, the French MEP claimed that EU chiefs plotted to gain more powers over member states’ sovereign right to decide on their social and employment policies at the Porto summit at the beginning of May.
Ms Bilde, however, said that whilst French President Emmanuel Macron pushed for a united social policy across the bloc, 11 of his counterparts rebelled against the idea.
She raged: “While the European summit in Porto was held on May 7 and 8, employment, training and poverty were discussed in order to further increase the power of European authorities at a time when the health crisis never ceases to wreak havoc.
“Like the empty speeches that were held there, it must be said that the enthusiasm of Emmanuel Macron was somewhat dampened by the scepticism of several of his European partners.
“On the sidelines of this important meeting which wanted to be the high point of the Portuguese Presidency, eleven countries including Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Malta, the Netherlands, Sweden and the Baltic States issued an informal joint declaration stressing the need to respect ‘national autonomy in social policies’.
“We are now fed up with the European Commission, which never stops meddling in our own affairs!”
She added: “The European authorities have continued to extend their control in many areas outside of any democratic consent, trampling on the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality.
“We are beginning to understand that the current health crisis is an ideal alibi for supporters of European construction.”
Urging French people to vote for Marine Le Pen at the next French Presidential elections, the French MEP claimed the right-wing candidate would fight against the bloc’s relentless bid to become more integrated.
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She continued: “There is no interest for France in transferring entire sections of additional social skills to the European level, especially since this directly affects the living conditions of the French.
“With Marine Le Pen, it would not be eleven, but twelve countries with France, which would refuse this dangerous headlong rush for the French.”
EU leaders have been locking horns on Brussels’ plan to introduce a standardised minimum wage across all member states.
The proposal, introduced at the latest EU social summit in Porto, was promptly rejected by Austria and Hungary as ill-advised due to large differences in the level of development between EU states.
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EU heads of state and government met in the Portuguese city at the beginning of the month to discuss the bloc’s social affairs strategy for the next decade.
Speaking to media after talks with Austrian Labour Minister Martin Kocher over the weekend, Hungarian minister Laszlo Palkovics said the two countries will “accept the basic principles and will take the methods into consideration, but will not accept this area being taken away from member states”.
A few days ahead of the summit, Mr Kocher of the Austrian People’s Party said the EU lacks competence in the area of labour policy and therefore his government could not accept giving away its sovereign powers to decide on such an issue.
Mr Palkovics also noted Hungary was opposed to a unified European tax system.
According to the Hungarian stance, control over raising certain types of tax should stay with member states to accommodate “diverse levels of development and economic structures”, he said.
Should, however, the EU decide to unify the system, “a number of adjustment tools are available”, he added.
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