The European Parliament does not have real powers, EU bureaucrats decide

Summary

The European Parliament does not have real powers and opportunities to influence the decisions taken by bureaucrats and pragmatic politicians.

Disproof

This claim misrepresents the competences of the European Parliament and is consistent with a recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about a dysfunctional EU governed by the bureaucrats and elites who are out of touch with the needs of the people. See an earlier case about Brussels bureaucrats.

The European Commission cannot adopt new legislation or amend existing EU legislation without consent from the Council of the EU and the European Parliament. The European Parliament is directly elected by the EU’s population. It approves and removes the president of the European Commission. The European Parliament also has the power to censure the Commission with a vote of two-thirds of its members, thereby forcing the Commission to resign.

As EU co-operation evolved with time, the European Parliament progressed from a purely advisory role to one of co-decision on an equal footing with the Council. The Lisbon Treaty expanded the number of policies which are subject to ordinary legislative procedure to virtually all areas including the areas of freedom, security and justice, external trade, environmental policy and the common agricultural policy.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 149
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarus
  • Country: EU
  • Keywords: European Parliament, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus
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NATO and the US do not fund any programs in Georgia

NATO and the US do not fund any programs in Georgia. Georgia finances 100% of the programs itself.

Disproof

According to the “Security Assistance Monitor of the Center for International Policy”, in 2015-2019, the US allocated financial assistance to Georgia in the military field amounted to 167 million US dollars. In 2019 US allocated 35 million US dollars.

The US funds Coalition Readiness Support Programsupporting the participation of Georgian troops in Peacekeeping Mission in Afghanistan - ”Resolute Support Mission”. Military exercises play the most important role in the training of Georgian soldiers and upgrading their qualification. Georgia hosts various military exercises, including “Noble Partner” and “Agile Spirit”, organized by the USA and its partners.

A big number of European countries are under a new form of colonialism

In the last decades a considerable number of European countries have lost their sovereignty. Ideological dogmas of liberal political correctness serve as a cover for a new form of colonialism. In many European countries political elites follow the mentioned dogmas and totally lack a sense of responsibility about their respective countries and peoples.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory consistent with three out of the five most common pro-Kremlin propaganda narratives, namely the elites vs. the people, threatened values, and lost sovereignty.

Claims that certain countries are no longer truly sovereign is another very frequent narrative promoted by the pro-Kremlin disinformation sources. Examples of this narrative are numerous: Ukraine is ruled by foreignersThe EU is directed by Washington, Lithuania is occupied by NATO.