Note: North Americans are typically unaware of the complex EU policies and legislation. We are grateful for contributions from various authors like Drieu Godefridi who live in Europe and can offer these insights, especially during this dangerous and confusing time of conflict between the Ukraine and Russia. We have several commentaries on our blog on EU energy policies and the impacts of these on the present situation, contributed by Samuel Furfari, former advisor to the EU on energy issues for 36 years. The intent is to offer our audience some informed insights on these geopolitical energy and climate policy-related issues.
Contributed by Drieu Godefridi © 2022
Perhaps Ursula would benefit from consulting the EU treaties that underpin her modest undemocratic legitimacy?
Who decides and supervises the process of a state’s accession to the EU? The Council.
The Council – not the Commission – establishes and oversees the EU enlargement process and accession negotiations.
The first step for the country concerned, the treaties and the Council website explain, is to meet the accession criteria. These criteria were defined at the European Council meeting in Copenhagen in 1993.
The Copenhagen criteria set out democratic, economic and political conditions that must be met by countries wishing to join the EU.
Firstly, the presence of stable institutions guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law, human rights, respect for and protection of minorities.
Second, the existence of a functioning market economy and the capacity to cope with competitive pressure and market forces within the EU.
Finally, the ability to take on and fulfil the obligations of membership, including adherence to the aims of political, economic and monetary union. Finally, the EU must also have the capacity to integrate new members.
Ukraine has no institutions that can be described as stable – even before the Russian aggression, let alone today – Ukraine is a formidably corrupt country, according to Transparency International, an organisation financed by George Soros’ Open Society, and ethnic and sexual minorities in both the East and the West have, to say the least, been subject to dubious treatment for many years.
These are all facts that have been observed, denounced and documented by numerous international organisations for many years.
The truth is that Ukraine does not meet any of the conditions set out in the European treaties for membership of the European Union.
Ukraine is being invaded by Russia, it is the victim of an unforgiving barbaric aggression.
Is this a reason to sweep the whole of European law under the carpet with Ursula’s little hand?
This imperious gesture sweeps aside the sovereignty of the Member States with the same backhandedness, oh infinitesimal detail! It is not by chance that the accession of a State is subject to the supervision of the Council – and therefore of the States – not of the Commission.
Does Russia’s violation of international law justify the European Commission’s violation of European law?
Integrating a country at war into the EU is the most absolute negation of the law in force. It is pure arbitrariness.
The truth is that it is the European Union which, through its delirious policy of going all out for renewables, banning the exploitation of rock gas (shale gas), of which our soils are abundant, and disqualifying nuclear power until recently, has thrown Europe into the clutches of the Russian bear: forty percent of European gas is drawn from Russia. Fifty-five percent for Germany alone.
You don’t fix a runaway by rushing off in another direction.
Belgian press on the same topic (French)
Commentary by Samuel Furfari:
Commentary and report from 2015 by Canadian researcher and author William Kay. Historical perspective can be helpful to understand how we got here.