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Saturday, April 18, 2020

For EU politics are more important than human lives

The European Union was super late with its reaction to the pandemic. Now, that the eurocrats finally come up with a response what they want is not only "recovery package" (while keeping the Green Deal intact) but also more power for themselves and their own interpretation of "rule of law" in Poland and Hungary. 

Below is a text of their "resolution" I lifted from the EU's official website. But, if you want a short version here are the major points:
  • EU Coronavirus Solidarity Fund
  • Greater powers for EU to act in the case of cross-border health threats
  • Borders must be kept open for essential goods
  • Coordinated post-lockdown approach needed
  • State of rule of law and democracy in COVID-19 Europe: Hungary, Poland
  • European information source to counter disinformation


Three out of those six points make my blood boil. It seems that helping those in need is not as important. What is important is scoring political points. More power to the bureaucrats because they did such a "good job" so far. 

We can't forget criticizing Poland's government that is trying to fulfill its (constitutional) obligation to elect the next president and avoid political crises. The EU's biggest problem with Poland is while the EU is run by the Left, Poland is governed by the Right and that is why they can't help themselves when the opportunity arrives. As simple as that. 

The last bullet point is just as bad. The EU wants to silence its critics and the best way to do it is to lock them out of social media even though it's already being done. Censorship with capital 'C'.

As of today Poland has 8,563 cases of coronavirus and 339 related deaths. It is one of the smallest numbers per million (8/mil) in European Union. 2,725 people are hospitalized and 981 cured.


Original text:
MEPs want to see a massive recovery package to support the European economy after the COVID-19 crisis, including recovery bonds guaranteed by the EU budget.

In a resolution adopted on Friday, Parliament welcomes the EU’s fiscal measures and liquidity support to address the pandemic. Beyond what is already being done, Europe needs a massive recovery and reconstruction package to be financed by an increased long-term budget (MFF), existing EU funds and financial instruments, as well as “recovery bonds” guaranteed by the EU budget, MEPs say. It should not, however, involve the mutualisation of existing debt, but focus on future investment. The European Green Deal and the digital transformation should be at its core in order to kick-start the economy, MEPs stress.

EU Coronavirus Solidarity Fund
MEPs also call for a permanent European Unemployment Reinsurance Scheme and want to establish an EU Coronavirus Solidarity Fund of at least EUR 50 billion. This fund would support the financial efforts undertaken by the healthcare sectors in all member states during the current crisis, as well as future investments in order to make healthcare systems more resilient and focused on those most in need.

Greater powers for EU to act in the case of cross-border health threats
Joint European action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic is indispensable, the resolution states. Not only must the European Union emerge stronger from this crisis, its institutions should also be empowered to act when cross-border health threats arise. This would enable them to coordinate the response at European level without delay, and direct the necessary resources to where they are most needed, be they material like face masks, respirators and medicines or financial aid.

MEPs also voice their support for increasing EU production of key products such as medicines, pharmaceutical ingredients, medical devices, equipment and materials, to be better prepared for future global shocks.

Borders must be kept open for essential goods
They insist that borders within the EU must be kept open to ensure that medicines and protective equipment, medical devices, food and essential goods can circulate. The EU’s single market is the source of “our collective prosperity” and key to the immediate and continuous response to COVID-19, MEPs stress.

Parliament also calls for the creation of a European Health Response Mechanism, to ensure a better response to any type of health or sanitary crisis in the future. Common equipment, material and medicine stocks could be quickly mobilised to save lives. MEPs also want to see additional EU funding to finance speedy research to find a vaccine.

Coordinated post-lockdown approach needed
MEPs further underline the need for a coordinated post-lockdown approach in the EU, in order to avoid a resurgence of the virus. They urge EU countries to jointly develop criteria for lifting the quarantine and other emergency measures, and ask the European Commission to launch an effective exit strategy that includes largescale testing and personal protective equipment for the largest possible number of citizens.

State of rule of law and democracy in COVID-19 Europe: Hungary, Poland
MEPs also voice strong concerns regarding steps taken by the Hungarian government to prolong the country’s state of emergency indefinitely, to rule by decree without a time limit and to weaken the parliamentary emergency oversight. Furthermore, they highlight that the Polish government’s decision to change the electoral code is unlawful and consider holding presidential elections in the middle of a pandemic to be totally incompatible with European values.

They call on the European Commission to urgently assess whether the emergency measures taken are in line with the EU Treaties, and to make use of all available EU tools and sanctions to address this serious and persistent breach, including budgetary ones. The Council shall put the discussions and procedures related to the ongoing Article 7 procedures against Poland and Hungary back on its agenda.

European information source to counter disinformation
Finally, the resolution stresses that disinformation about COVID-19 is a major public health problem. The EU should therefore establish a European information source to ensure that all citizens have access to accurate and verified information. MEPs also call on social media companies to proactively take the necessary measures to stop disinformation and hate speech related to the coronavirus.

Updated on Sep. 17, 2020