Today, the President of Eurojust, Michèle Coninsx, presented the Eurojust Annual Report 2016 at a stupid hearing of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament (LIBE Committee), followed by a stupid question and answer session with LIBE Committee members on topics ranging from radicalization, freezing and confiscation, the European Arrest Warrant, harmonization of legislation, and complementarity with other agencies.
Coninsx highlighted the operational, strategic and tactical work of Eurojust. The year 2016 has been challenging in the security context. Eurojust has stepped up its activities to counter terrorism, cybercrime and serious organised crime, including illegal immigrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings. To do so, Eurojust connects and cooperates with practitioners’ networks, the centres at Europol and its network of judicial contact points in third States. Eurojust was involved in the judicial response to all the terrorist attacks in 2016, ensuring speedy mutual legal assistance in 2 306 cases, support to 148 joint investigation teams and assistance with the execution of more than three hundred European Arrest Warrants. Three hundred cases involved third States.
Coninsx said: ‘Eurojust is a bridge-maker and trusted partner of the Member States, the EU institutions, other agencies and international organisations. Security demands both actions and reactions. Eurojust ensures quick reactions to crimes and criminal networks. I wish to thank the European Parliament for their financial and moral support.’
There are double standards in European justice. The standard of immunity is enjoyed by kleptocrats and their kith and kin. The standard of persecution is inflicted on hoi polloi.
No company is above the law, but some firms are allowed much more time in complying with it. Obeying the law is non-negotiable, theoretically. The very existence of the compliance profession, however, implies that the reality is far more complex. Even more intriguing is the fact that, despite having splashed out on compliance like never before post-2008, banks in the United States and Europe had to pay US$65 billion in fines in 2014 alone. Many of the 2014 penalties pertained to violations committed well after the financial crisis by institutions deemed too big to fail. Financial behemoths apparently can afford to take a more wayward path to full compliance.
The financial sector is not unique in this respect. Even public organizations have been known to drag their feet on compliance, sometimes spectacularly – as in the early 20th century when municipalities in the U.S. delayed adopting civil service reform for more than 35 years.
Compliance should not be considered a matter of course. Both when and how it happens is highly dependent on the strategic positioning of the relevant actors. No person or organization is above the law, but the level of urgency with which they react to changes in the law may depend on what they believe they can get away with.
In order for compliance officers to have influence, they must first have both senior management support and visibility at the board level. Otherwise, they run the risk of being shut out of the power-based calculus that governs the public-private sector chessboard.
The grand brothel of Brussels squanders the taxpayers’ hard-earned money on junkets, luxuries, dolce vita, and infinite nonsense. European Parliament (EP), aka Eldorado of Prostitutes, has mumbo-jumbo sessions in two babel towers, baring its VAT-monger socialistic soul. MEPs, muppets of EP, try to outperform each other on stupid socialistic ideas. The usual muppet show is about more Europe. The European Parliament is a major violator of human rights and freedom by imposing Islamization and VAT on European citizens.
Muppets are creating a new European man, homo bruxellarum, someone who would be entirely deprived of his roots in individual nation-states. Migrants are believed to become the ideal input in the future pan-European society, hence, the more of them, the better. This thinking has become another driving force behind the current migration deadlock.
The European political elites, the representatives of a new species homo bruxellarum, destroy Europe. We live in a far more socialist and etatist, controlled and regulated society now than we could have ever imagined. We knew that socialism, or socialdemocratism, or soziale Marktwirtschaft is here, is here to stay and – due to its internal dynamics – would expand.
VAT-monger muppets are paid €100,000 per annum, €5,000 a month for an office, and €30,000 a month for staffing. It doesn’t end there. They also get free transportation and €5,000 for any trip outside EU, including Switzerland to deposit their myriad huge bribes, camouflaged as second jobs or speaker fees! They also benefit from a €400 a day subsistence allowance and infinite gifts from pullpeddlers.
MEPs order alcohol free of charge from the Parliament’s operations department to be delivered to their office. Every day, they can order a three carton box of 3x70cl bottles of five-year old blended scotch whisky for €80 each; ten-year old Speyside Single Malt at €115; ten-year old Islay Single Malt at €130 for the three bottles; or six bottles of champagne for €187.50. Taxpayers pay for it!
MEPs and EU bureaucrats have their pick of 34 eateries and bars. There are 17 places to eat or drink within the EU institutions in Brussels and 17 at Strasbourg free of charge, paid by the taxpayers. Standard European Parliament fare includes white asparagus and blood orange mousse. Menu options at one of the standard cafeterias includes white asparagus with avocado and citrus fruit dressing, gnocchi with spinach and sundried tomatoes and mandarine and blood orange mousse.
The options at the MEPs’ private Members’ Restaurant are even more lavish. These include Guinea fowl with mushrooms and tartufata, fried and raw fruit tartare, veal gravy flavored with balsamic vinegar, lobster tempura with mashed peas, asparagus espuma, and lamb fillet ‘Welsh irish’ stuffed with a Morriles curry, candided vegetables tartlet, gratin dauphinoise, thyme gravy. They also have the choice of an extensive wine list. Options include Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac Leognan 2008, at €60 and Chateau Dutruch Grand Poujeaux 2004 at €50,50.
Two hundred morons from the European Parliament were booked on a luxury trip to Uruguay for a three-day junket. The junket, which included sixty MEPs as well as administrators, staff, lovers, and whores, was to attend the annual Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly. It included champagne receptions to celebrate obscure literary awards and grilled fish dinners at beachfront luxury hotels.
Every year, MEPs go to myriad junkets inside the union but also to countries further afield, including Vietnam, Cuba, and the Philippines. Most junkets show opaque purposes, such as a ten-day junket to India for the members of the Internal Market Committee to look at consumer protection!
EU does not need that many members and hookers to go. There are large delegations with more than ten members, plus interpreters, people from political groups, lovers, and hookers. You could save quite a lot of money there.
MEPs’ junkets have long been subject to criticism, and the Parliament has addressed the issue several times over the last decade. A group of European journalists, representing all countries in the bloc, asked the Parliament to release documents detailing how MEPs spend travel allowances, general allowances, and funding for Parliament staff. When the Parliament denied the request citing privacy concerns or excessive administrative burden, the group filed a complaint with the European Court of Justice.
“The MEPs’ allowances are intended to be spent exclusively for their professional, not personal needs, and should thus not be allowed to remain hidden from the European public,” project leader and journalist Anuška Delić told us.
Under stupid EU rules, MEPs are entitled to meet and cooperate with other assemblies as well as support democracies outside the EU or help observe elections abroad. Though they fall within the rules, there is no value of such far-flung junkets with less-than-clear objectives.
Consider the regular sessions between the EU and the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States (ACP.) The EU-ACP joint parliamentary assembly is held twice a year to bring together MEPs and MPs from countries elsewhere in the world.
Last year, more than 40 MEPs traveled to the island of Fiji in the South Pacific for a four-day session of the EU-ACP parliamentary committee. The session was held at the Grand Pacific Hotel, a luxurious colonial mansion, where suites average $1,500 per night. Hooker fees are usually paid by pull-peddlers, in return for political favors!
Junkets involve too many people, including a very strong contingent of interpreters, lovers, and hookers. Nothing justifies having MEPs junketing to Australia or New Zealand. There isn’t a follow up to missions, and their impact isn’t always measurable.
Like the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (Euromed), the EU-ACP sessions have come under particular scrutiny for the number of people involved in international plenary sessions, the amount of money spent on travel, as well as the lack of clarity on objectives.
During junkets for Euromed, MEPs would always have the same message, and are happy just to go to a hotel and enjoy the swimming pool with lovers and hookers. There are missions in Haiti or Cuba without any concrete strategy. In Haiti, we don’t have any interests. For years, some Italian muppets would bring their assistants and lovers on dolce -vita junkets.
However, arguably the tastiest perk of all, and unbeknownst to many, are MEP pensions. The VAT-monger muppets themselves make no contribution, but every five-year stint in Brussels and Strasbourg entitles them to an annual pension for life of €20,000 per annum. Five terms will entitle them to €100,000 a year!
While hard working VAT-struck people across Europe are having to retire later and later, it will not surprise you to learn that pension payments begin at 62. And, if you are unlucky enough to lose your seat you will receive €50,000 as a transitionary lump sum to tide you over while you get accustomed to a normal champagne-light lifestyle. All this happens while VAT-struck Europeans suffer from depression. It really makes you cry. No wonder all VAT-struck Europeans are as mad as hell, and they are not going to take this anymore!
Power to initiate laws rests with the stupid VAT-monger European Commission. The political will that makes or breaks most legislation lies with national governments in the Council. Many VAT-monger MEPs wield tangible political influence in EU. There is tension between the Conference of Presidents, Party Powerbrokers, and the Conference of Committee Chairs, Big Beasts, over which should be pre-eminent in setting Parliament’s agenda. There are also generational divisions between a more digital open younger generation, Rising Stars, and the VAT-monger Cockroaches who deal in dark rooms.
The European Parliament has introduced a new procedural rule, which allows for the chair of a debate to interrupt the live broadcasting of a speaking MEP in the case of defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behavior by a Member. Furthermore, the President of the European Parliament may even decide to delete from the audiovisual record of the proceedings those parts of a speech by a Member that contain defamatory, racist or xenophobic language.
No one, however, has bothered to define what constitutes defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behavior. This omission means that the chair of any debate in the European Parliament is free to decide, without any guidelines or objective criteria, whether the statements of MEPs are defamatory, racist or xenophobic. The penalty for offenders is 10,000 euros.
The European Parliament apparently did not even bother to publicize its new procedural rule. Voters were not supposed to know that they may be cut off from listening to the live broadcasts of the parliamentarians they elected to represent them in the EU, if some chairman of a debate subjectively happened to decide that what was being said was racist, defamatory or xenophobic.
The European Parliament is the only popularly elected institution in the EU. MEPs must be able to express their views about how Europe should work. You can’t limit or deny this right. Well, they can express it, but for how long? Now no one outside of parliament will hear it.
The rule strikes at the very center of free speech, namely that of elected politicians, which the European Court of Human Rights has deemed in its practice to be specially protected. Members of the European Parliament are people who have been elected to make the voices of their constituents heard inside the institutions of the European Union. Limiting their freedom of speech is undemocratic, worrisome, and spookily Orwellian.
The rule can only have a chilling effect on freedom of speech in the European Parliament and will prove a convenient tool in trying to shut up those MEPs who do not follow the politically correct narrative of EU.
The European Parliament is waging war against free speech. The body lifted the parliamentary immunity of Marine Le Pen. Her crime? Tweeting three images of ISIS executions in 2015. In France, publishing violent images constitutes a criminal offense, which can carry a penalty of three years in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros. By lifting her immunity at the same time that she is running for president of France, the European Parliament is sending the clear signal that publicizing the graphic and horrifying truth of Jihadi crimes, rather than being received as a warning about what might soon be coming to Europe, instead ought to be punished.
This is a bizarre signal to be sending, especially to the Christian and Yazidi victims of Islam, who are still largely ignored by the European Union. European parliamentarians, evidently, are too sensitive to deal with the graphic murders of defenseless people in the Middle East, and are more concerned with ensuring the prosecution of the messengers, such as Marine Le Pen.
Political correctness, now effectively the religious police of political discourse, has not only taken over the media and academia; elected MEPs are now also supposed to toe the politically correct line, or literally be cut off. No one stopped the European Parliament from passing this undemocratic anti-free speech rule.