The lobbyists are real rulers of the EU

Summary

The industry lobbyists are the real rulers of the EU.
The true rulers of the EU are, therefore, the international owners of the banks and corporations that hide behind such gigantic financial organisations and that live all over the world. They do not identify with Europe and certainly not with the people living here.
From the very beginning, the EU has been less about the welfare of people who have been beguiled with open borders (for cheap workers from Eastern Europe) rather than, for example, about the abolition of rights to social security, employment protection and dismissal protection fought for by the labour movement, which are being dismantled by the lobbyists.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory and recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the undemocratic EU and on the failed European values.

The EU's broad priorities are set by the European Council, which brings together national and EU-level leaders. Directly elected MEPs represent European citizens in the European Parliament. The interests of the EU as a whole are promoted by the European Commission, whose members are appointed by national governments. Governments defend their own country's national interests in the Council of the European Union. Read more about the EU decision making process here.

Interest representation (lobbying) is regulated at the EU level. The EU Transparency Register oversees what interests are being represented at EU level; who represents those interests, and on whose behalf; with what budgets. Among others, it has a public website where organisations representing particular interests at EU level register and update information about their interests. A Code of Conduct also sets out the rules for all those who register and establishes the underlying principles for standards of behaviour in all relations with the EU institutions.

 

 

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  • Reported in: Issue 150
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: EU
  • Keywords: Euro-scepticism, EU disintegration, European values, Secret elites / global elites, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: RT Deutsch
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The European Parliament has no powers in the EU

The European Parliament has no powers in the EU.

The European Parliament is not allowed to adopt or decide anything, but only has an advisory function. Policy in the European Union is not decided by the EU Parliament, but by the Commissioners in the EU Commission, who are appointed or dismissed by the EU President.

In fact, not much would change if we had no EU Parliament. It is a representative body. It used to be possible to do without a directly elected parliament and the EU could continue to exist without it.

 

 

Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin narrative questioning the EU institutions' legitimacy and powers and seeking to discourage voter turnout in elections.

The European Parliament is a directly-elected institution. Since 1979, it has been elected by EU voters every 5 years. The last elections were in May 2014.

The European Parliament is one of the EU's two law-making bodies. It has constitutional-type and ratification powers.  It passes EU laws, together with the Council of the EU, based on European Commission proposals.  It has budgetary powers, scrutiny over the executive, hears citizens’ petitions, and appoints the European Ombudsman.  A detailed overview of the European Parliament’s role in the European decision-making process can be consulted here.

The EU portrays itself as ideologically “better” than its member states

The EU portrays itself as ideologically “better” than its member states.

In the vociferous election campaigns, it is emphasised that the European Union is an ideologically “better” political institution than the national governments of the individual member states.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the EU as a disunited and disintegrating bloc, on the corrupt and undemocratic EU and on the failed European values.

The European Union does not portray itself as ideologically "better" than its member states.  The EU is a political and economic union of 28 Member States. The EU's values are common to the EU countries in a society in which inclusion, tolerance, justice, solidarity and non-discrimination prevail.  These values are an integral part of our European way of life: human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law and human rights.  This means that each member state of the EU is considered as equal.

There is no evidence of Russian interference in Western elections

There is no evidence of Russian interference in Western elections.
It is almost a tradition: as soon as elections take place somewhere, preferably in Western countries, warnings of possible Russian influence make the rounds. In the run-up to the forthcoming elections to the European Parliament, this concern is also a worry for those responsible in the EU countries. However, there are no indications of any such activities from the Russian side.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative that allegations of Russian interference in electoral processes in the EU and in the West are spread by European elites in order to divert attention from the real problems of  EU countries.

Disinformation produced and/or spread by Russian sources has been reported in the context of several elections and referenda in the EU, as noted in the EU's action plan against disinformation.