Disinfo: The European Commission is one of the most undemocratic institutions

Summary

The European Commission is one of the most undemocratic institutions. These people [the EU commissioners] were not elected by anyone and they are not accountable to EU citizens.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the undemocratic EU and on the failed European values.

The European Commission is the EU's executive arm. Commissioners are first appointed by EU member states and then, as candidates, take part in hearings in the European Parliament. The EP members - which are elected by EU citizens directly - can reject a candidate and had exercised this power in the past. As for the President of the European Commission, his candidacy needs to be agreed by the European Council - that is, by democratically elected leaders of every member state. The European Commission as a whole is subject to a vote of consent by the Parliament and are then appointed by the European Council, acting by a qualified majority.

In the whole process of appointing new EU leaders the results of the European elections have to be taken into account. See here for more information.

Article 5 of the Treaty on the European Union ensured the principle of subsidiarity, which guarantees that decisions are taken as closely as possible to the citizen and that constant checks are made to verify that action at EU level is justified in light of the possibilities available at national, regional or local level. It is the principle whereby the EU does not take action (except in the areas that fall within its exclusive competence), unless it is more effective than action taken at national, regional or local level.

 

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 149
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Keywords: Euro-scepticism, EU elections 2019, European Parliament, European Commission, EU, EU disintegration, European values, Europe
  • Outlet: RT Deutsch
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Lithuania does not want to take Kalinowski’s DNA test

Lithuania does not want to take a DNA test based on remains of Konstanty Kalinowski’s brother who is buried in Belarus. This test would help to identify the remains which supposedly belong to the executed 1863 uprising leader.

The absence of DNA test will allow Lithuania to avoid a blunder as it can turn out that the remains belong to a different person. Moreover, by not taking the test Lithuania expects to have grounds for information war against Belarus with the use of Belarusian opposition to please Lithuania’s nationalistic policies.

Disproof

This message is built around conspiracies consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Western aggressive activities towards Belarus. It also aims at playing on nationalist sentiments and a complex Lithuanian-Belarusian-Polish history. There is no confirmation that Lithuania has changed its plans to test the DNA of the presumed remains of Konstanty Kalinowski's brother, who is buried in Belarus. See a recent case alleging that Lithuania promotes terrorism in Belarus by commemorating of Konstanty Kalinowski.

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Further evidence of discrimination against residents of Donbas in Ukraine

Kyiv may deprive citizens who receive Russian passports of their social payments and pensions. Such measures are further proof of discrimination against the residents of Donbas in Ukraine.

Disproof

The recurring narrative of Kremlin propaganda saying that Ukraine discriminates against residents of the Donbas. For example, cut off water supplies to Luhansk, or prevented Donbas residents from voting in presidential elections.

Since 2014, the Ukrainian government has required citizens in Donetsk and Luhansk, which are not controlled by Kyiv, to register as internally displaced persons in government-controlled areas of Ukraine in order to receive their pensions and other entitlements.

The US is leading the final phase of a Maidan scenario in Venezuela and calls it operation “Liberty”

The American government is orchestrating a Maidan scenario in Venezuela called Operation “Liberty”, which is in its final phase. However, even if the final phase fails, the USA will not let go of Venezuela and instead of the colour revolution, Trump’s administration will drown Caracas in blood. As much as the US would like to regain control over Venezuelan oil, Trump will not like to see the “import of coffins covered with US flags” amid an election campaign. Therefore, American businesses offered him a solution – to start a military intervention with the help of 4500-5000 mercenaries.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about events in Venezuela.

No proof is given about the plan for US military intervention. According to Reuters, "U.S. officials have dismissed Russian allegations about U.S. plans for Venezuela as baseless "propaganda". Also, several US military officials have stressed there are no military options being actively considered for Venezuela. See a similar disinformation case here.