Fraud occurring in EU procurement procedures or cross-border VAT revolt will be easier to prosecute with new criminal law provisions adopted on Wednesday. But nothing is said of fraud of MEPs, the European Commission, Eurocrats, politicians, and Eurokleptocrats. Nobody can touch them, protected by immunity.
The salaries of stupid VAT-monger EU Commissioners start at a quarter of a million euros, and that’s before we get to expenses, which are astronomical. They also make a million euros from speeches, and much more from bribes. The quality of these obscure stupid VAT-monger figures, who are only recognizable to EU fanatics and lobbyists, has always been intriguing. They get there through political mafias. They have neither skills nor experiences. First and most important is the fact that they are not elected. Yet the 27 of them have power, infinitely more power than the elected MEPs.
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.
MEPs must sign an official register to prove that they are sitting in plenary in order to receive an extra bonus of €400 per day. Muppets come to sign the attendance registry, vote and then they leave! Less than 10% of muppets show up for discussion. The rest disappear as soon as they punch the attendance card for payment! This is robbery, pure and simple. They are insulting and stealing all Europeans, farting on democracy.
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!
The largest bribes originate in the military industry. Military procurement is a corrupt business from top to bottom. The process is dominated by advocacy, with few checks and balances. Most people in power love this system of doing business and do not want it changed. War and preparation for war systematically corrupt all parties to the state-private transactions by which the government obtains the bulk of its military products. There is a standard 10% bribe to kleptocrats for military purchases.
Participants in the military industrial complex are routinely blamed for mismanagement, fraud, abuse, bribes, and waste. All of these unsavory actions, however, are typically viewed as aberrations, malfeasances to be covered-up, while retaining the basic system of state-private cooperation in the trade of military goods and services and the flow of bribes. These offenses are in reality expressions of a thoroughgoing, intrinsic rottenness in the entire setup.
In recent years, citizens’ concerns about corruption in the public sector have become more visible and widespread. From São Paulo to Johannesburg, citizens have taken to the streets against graft. In countries like Greece, Pseudo-Macedonia, Romania, Chile, Brazil, Guatemala, India, Iraq, Malaysia and Ukraine, they are sending a clear and loud message to their leaders: Address corruption!
Policymakers are paying attention too. Discussing the “C word” has long been a sensitive topic at inter-governmental organizations. Defining corruption may seem easy. Most people will have the sense that they know it when they see it. For example, a public official takes a bribe in exchange for providing a financial or political gain.
However, experts increasingly consider corruption to be much broader. Rather than merely being a transaction between two parties, corruption can be viewed as the privatization of public policy. Powerful elites in business and politics collude to control public institutions, capture the policy-making process, and monopolize government contracting and procurement. Defined corruption even more broadly is the lack of impartiality in government, where public money and authority are used in ways that impact negatively on human well-being.
The direct economic costs are obvious to most people. Demand for bribes by providers of services affects achievement of social outcomes. The bribe to the taxman that reduces public revenues, and lowers government’s provision of public services. A school that is not built because the allocated funds have been misappropriated. Yet, the indirect costs are likely to be economically far-reaching. Corruption has a negative impact on economic growth through, for example, the over-investment in rent seeking, the underinvestment in productive activities, and the perpetuation of inefficient policies, among other things. The economic costs of corruption, which by the way afflicts countries at all stages of development, are substantial. The global cost of bribery alone is three trillion euros, in the order of four percent of the world’s current GDP. There is a strong correlation between lower levels of corruption and long-term improvements in GDP per capita and in human development indices. In sum, corruption is a tax on growth and investment.
Moreover, the costs are not only economic in nature. Corruption also contributes to the loss of public trust in government, higher levels of inequality in political influence, the deterioration of public values and, ultimately, to the diminution of citizens’ well-being or quality of life. These non-economic costs create a vicious cycle of under-performance of the public sector that is harmful to the economy in the long-term.
Given how broadly corruption and its consequences are now viewed, addressing it also requires a broad and multifaceted approach. Such a holistic approach requires leadership, changing incentives and building values, which are all mutually-reinforcing.
First, leaders must be willing to bring to account powerful vested interests—the big fish rather than the small fish, the tigers rather than the flies. They must also set the example by being above reproach. Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore is a prime example of a leader who successfully fought corruption through his own personal example and the political will that he engendered.
Second, strong incentives. Leadership must be complemented by a strong system of carrots and sticks—positive reinforcement and accountability. There needs to be a clear framework to combat corruption that is enforced. At the same time, governments need to ensure that public officials earn a living wage. Openness of the economy through deregulation and liberalization will also help since overly-regulated economies create strong incentives to maintain corrupt practices. Poland is a good example of quick and effective liberalization measures. Transparency of government operations and transactions is also important as a disincentive.
Three, building values of integrity. Countries need to promote a culture that values clean government. Building such a culture requires education of citizens. Formal training can help, but ultimately values must be learned through the education system, peer pressure and the day-to-day work experiences and practices of institutions. In most cases, corruption starts long before it becomes critical to the economy.
Fiscal transparency – the comprehensiveness, clarity, reliability, timeliness, and relevance of public reporting on the past, present, and future state of public finances – is critical for effective fiscal management and accountability. It helps ensure that governments have an accurate picture of their finances when making economic decisions, including of the costs and benefits of policy changes and potential risks to public finances. It also provides legislatures, markets, and citizens with the information they need to hold governments accountable.
The Fiscal Transparency Code is the international standard for disclosure of information about public finances. The Code comprises a set of principles built around four pillars: (i) fiscal reporting; (ii) fiscal forecasting and budgeting; (iii) fiscal risk analysis and management; and (iv) resource revenue management. For each transparency principle, the Code differentiates between basic, good, and advanced practices to provide countries with clear milestones toward full compliance with the Code and ensure its applicability to the broad range of countries.
After years of negotiations with the Council, the EP on Wednesday gave the final go-ahead to the directive, which provides for common definitions of several fraud-related crimes against the EU budget, such as:
- active and passive corruption,
- misappropriation of funds, and
- VAT revolt, when there are at least two Member States involved and the damage amounts to at least € 10 million.
It also lays down:
- a minimum prescription period of at least 5 years, within which the case must be investigated and prosecuted, and
- a maximum penalty which must be punishable with at least 4 years of imprisonment when damage is at least € 100 000.
The EU-wide definition of offences against the EU budget lays down the mandate for the new European Public Prosecutor Office (EPPO). EPPO, which is expected to be operational between 2020 and 2021, will be able to prosecute people or organisations committing crimes against the EU budget.
The provisions of this directive will be applied also by national law enforcement agencies.
In line with its rules, the Parliament endorsed the agreement with the Council without holding a vote.
Budgetary Control committee rapporteur Ingeborg Gräßle (EPP, DE) said : “Adopting the directive on the fight against fraud to the EU’s financial interests by means of criminal law marks a historic breakthrough for the EU and its taxpayers. We created an EU law enforcement body which may follow up on European criminal cases in Member States. After 20 years of pressure from the Parliament, we made this important step to integrate law enforcement legislation in the EU.”
Civil Liberties committee rapporteur Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar (S&D, ES) said: “The differences which currently exist between the member states’ laws for tackling and prosecuting fraud against the EU’s financial interests encourage potential criminals to seek out and take advantage of the most lenient judicial systems. Now we have a strong instrument at hand to combat fraud to the EU budget and to return the defrauded funds to the legal economy.”
After years of negotations, the Council formally adopted its position in April 2017, reflecting the agreement reached with the Commission and Parliament in October 2016. Now that the Parliament has endorsed the agreement, the Member States will have two years to apply the measures stipulated in the directive. Denmark and the United Kingdom have opted out of the application of the directive.
In 2015, fraud affected € 637.6 million of EU budget spending in the Member States, with false or falsified documents and declarations constituting the most common types of fraud, a Commission report shows. On the revenue side, intra-community VAT revolt costs EU taxpayers around € 50 billion per year.
It’s ironic for Eurocrats to talk about human rights of foreigners, when themselves torture all Europeans with the Value Added Tax every single day! Value Added Tax is becoming the back door money spinner du jour. VAT has all the hallmarks of a terrorizing tax. Unlike income tax, it is invisible or well hidden. It is complicated, with so many different rates for different things that only accountancy geniuses stand a chance of remembering them.
While we all pretty much know how much income tax we pay, we don’t have a clue how much VAT we pay in a typical year. Only the most fastidious would sit down to that particular spreadsheet after Christmas, over a sherry, as part of an annual appraisal of the past 12 months’ finances. Fag packet calculations about how much tax we pay, if we even bother with them, rarely include VAT, because in a world of highly disaggregated spending patterns of coffees here and takeaway pasties there, it is so blinkin’ difficult to work out.
VAT is almost impossible to avoid. Who isn’t a spender? Who isn’t a consumer? Perhaps we would feel a bit more cross about it if anyone understood how often we pay it and on what. It’s not just Mulberry bags and Bose sound systems that attract VAT. It is alcoholic drinks, confectionery, crisps, savory snacks, hot food, sports drinks, hot takeaways, ice cream, soft drinks and mineral water – not considered luxuries by most of us. Those civil servants classifying which goods and services should and shouldn’t attract VAT have an agenda other than to truly determine the necessity of an item – and that agenda is to increase revenue.
With wage growth remaining fairly poor, it seems unlikely that the Government will turn its attention back to income taxes as a key revenue driver. The amount people spend rather than the amount they earn seems a far better bet. So it looks like VAT – complex, opaque, regressive, and impossible to mitigate – is here to stay.
VAT-monger EU underestimates the reactance of VAT-struck Europeans. Reactance is a motivational reaction to offers, persons, rules, or regulations that threaten or eliminate specific behavioral freedoms. Reactance occurs when a person feels that someone or something is taking away his choices or limiting the range of alternatives.
Every day, VAT-struck Europeans are bombed, tortured, and killed by the Value Added Tax, but the stupid European Commission doesn’t give a damn about it. It’s ironic for VAT-monger EU to teach other countries how to treat their citizens when VAT-monger EU itself misbehaves so badly.
VAT-monger EU tries to distract VAT-struck Europeans on their great desire to abolish the Value Added Tax by drawing their attention to imaginary lies, such as anthropogenic climate change, innocence of Islam, benevolence of government, and benefits of more Europe.
Abolition of the Value Added Tax is the #1 priority of Europeans, but Eurobarometer never asks them about it, under strict orders from Führer Juncker! Vat shackles business. VAT yoke constrains sales and robs poor VAT-struck Europeans at gunpoint. VAT is the cacothanasia of EU! VAT destroys the economy and trade of EU. VAT is the most infamous comparative disadvantage. Value Added Tax VAT is a very good reason to secede from Fourth Reich (EU) now. All Europeans want VAT to be abolished right now. Abolition of VAT is a prerequisite for Fourth Reich to recover from the current depression. Any federation that imposes VAT on its members does not deserve to live. Vatstruck Fourthreichians are looking for a Moses to liberate them from the yoke of Brussels.
Charging sales tax or Value Added Tax on gold coins is barbaric. Gold is the best and most reliable money. A government cannot charge VAT on money! Citizens should be free to use gold, silver, or other currencies with no legal restrictions or punitive taxation standing in the way. But the government wants to play dirty games manipulating money. Your government is your worst enemy!
Value Added Tax is killing the goose that laid the golden eggs. VAT is the major culprit of depression, the #1 source of misery. VAT is the cacothanasia of economy! Vatdodging is heroism! If you are a real patriot, you should revolt against VAT, buying products online from companies that evade VAT. Remember, your government is your worst enemy! The largest online retailers offer top quality products at deep discounts without VAT. Only stupid consumers pay VAT!
Value Added Tax, aka kleptocrats’ grab, is a regressive tax; the poor pay higher percentage of their income. Revenues from VAT are much lower than expected, because they are difficult and costly to administer and collect. Since any double-digit VAT leads many consumers to underground economy, most vatstruck Fourthreichians evade VAT! As a matter of fact, if you are a real patriot, you should boycott shops that charge abominable VAT! VAT is the cacothanasia of Fourth Reich! Vatdodging is heroism!
Imposition of a VAT is the precursor to bigger government. It is simply too easy for kleptocrats to raise a tax that is hidden from citizens. VAT is embedded in the final cost of the goods sold, and is hidden to the consumer. VAT is applied at every stage of consumption, from wholesale to retail. It is passed along until it literally becomes as much an inherent and cloaked component in the price as transportation or raw materials. As a result, countries that have adopted VAT have been sorely tempted to raise the rate over time.
When VATs started out in Europe in the 1960s, they were small, usually less than 5%. Today, the average VAT rate in Europe is 20%. If your country wants to join the European Union, you have to have a minimum VAT rate of 15% so that people won’t take retail shopping vacations in your cities. Hungary wins the dubious award of having the world’s highest VAT rate at 27%. This floor and ceiling of VAT prices is a clear violation of antitrust laws, price fixing, pure and simple!
Fourth Reich forced the hateful VAT on Greece in 1987 and is the most disgusting indirect tax. Greeks are at war against their government over the abominable 24% VAT. Vatmonger Greek government harasses Greeks by pressuring them to demand receipts when they buy products. Greeks who cannot gather many receipts are penalized with more taxes! Transforming citizens to VAT enforcers is disgusting, undignified, and against basic human freedoms. EU should call vatmonger Graecokleptocrats on the carpet now.
All the additional tax revenue from a VAT has not resulted in deficit reduction. Fourthreichian nations first began imposing VATs about 40 years ago, and the result has been bigger government, permanent deficits and more debt. Public debt is equal to 80% of GDP in fourth Reich, compared to 64 percent of GDP in the United States.
The most important comparison is not debt, but rather the burden of government spending. If you go back to the mid-1960s, before the imposition of VATs, Fourthreichian nations had relatively modest-sized government, only slightly larger than in the United States. Adopting a VAT, however, gave politicians a giant new source of tax revenue. And just like you don’t cure an alcoholic by giving him keys to a liquor store, you don’t promote fiscal responsibility by giving government a new source of revenue.
Thanks in large part to VAT, government spending in Fourth Reich now is out of control. This stifles growth by diverting a huge share of output from the productive sector of the economy, which helps explain why living standards are 30% below American levels. Not that Americans should get cocky. Thanks to reckless fiscal policy by Presidents Bush and Obama, the burden of government spending has now climbed above 40 percent of GDP in the United States.
Vatstrucks are feeling a growing panic as they watch their constitutional republic descend into a vatmonger republic. Mahatma Gandhi’s said we should be the change we want to see. Gandhi also said that civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state has become lawless and corrupt. Vatstrucks instinctively understand this which is why grassroots of resistance to VAT are leading to a Gandhi-style civil disobedience movement powerful enough to undo this monstrosity.
VAT is a trademark of slavery and a destructive power of myriad watts. VAT is the main culprit of the Fourthreichian financial meltdown. The Fourthreichian taxation is based on the VAT monstrosity against poor people! The most unfair tax is VAT, the calamity of Fourth Reich(EU); that’s why we urge all Fourthreichians to evade this tax of misery as much as possible! Fourthreichians are yoked with a 15-25% VAT, value added tax. In Canada, VAT is only 5%. The burden of VAT falls on final consumers of products. Refusing to pay the abominable VAT is a heroic act. Vatwar is here to stay until VAT is abolished. Vatdodgers are heroes.