EU TO EXPAND ITS POWER OVER INCOME FROM SAVINGS
As a further blow to
The EU proposals will mean that the scope of the EU’s power to control the taxation of savings will be expanded to include;
certificates will also be abolished under the EU proposals.
The EU also wishes to expand its powers to include getting hold of more financial information, particularly relating to joint accounts and investments where there are shared benefits. The EU’s powers will also be increased to enable it to try and tax money that is outside EU but held by those residents that are based here. This will simply have the effect of driving the wealthy abroad.
Draft Directive amending Directive 2003/48/EC on taxation of savings income in the form of interest payments COM(08) 727
EU CONTROL OVER THE CITY OF
The European Union is
taking from the
The EU proposals put this important economic field firmly under the control of
Draft Regulation on credit rating agencies COM(08) 704
Draft Directive amending Directives 2006/48/EC and 2006/49/EC as regards banks affiliated to central institutions, certain own funds items, large exposures, supervisory arrangements, and crisis management COM(08) 602
Draft Directive on the coordination of laws, regulations and administrative provisions relating to undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCTIS) COM(08) 458
Draft Regulation on cross-border payments in the Community COM(08) 640
Draft Directive amending Directive 98/26/EC on settlement finality in payment and securities settlement systems and Directive 2002/47/EC on financial collateral arrangements as regards linked systems and credit claims COM(08) 213
EU CONTROL OVER THE RECOVERY OF ASSETS
The EU wishes to expand
the power of Europol and Eurojust to control the
recovery of the proceeds of ‘crime’.
The EU plans will undermine the principle of innocent until proven guilty as no prior criminal conviction will be needed for it to recover assets. They will create the new criminal offence of ‘owning unjustified assets’, i.e. wealth which is higher than can be expected according to the owner’s declared income.
Furthermore, the proposals will also almost reverse the burden of proof because the evidence for a confiscation can be circumstantial. The European Union also proposes to take the power to force member states to give them the bank account details and information of people it suspects.
Handing such powers to the EU, a corrupt and undemocratic organisation, should not be an option.
Commission Communication on the proceeds of crime COM(08) 766
EU TO EXPAND ITS POWER INTO NATIONAL SECURITY
The EU is seeking to
expand its power to control the security of what it regards as ‘European
The European Commission will be given the power to develop and control strategies for protecting the security of:
EU proposals will also mean the sharing of potentially sensitive data with the
European Commission and other EU member states.
The EU using Article 308 to expand its power into this area even though Brussels has not been granted the right to take these powers by any treaty endorsed by a national parliament.
Draft Council Decision on a Critical Infrastructure Warning Network (CIWIN) COM(08) 676
EU CONTROL OVER NON-ENERGY RAW MATERIALS
Under EU proposals the
EU will take more power over industrial policy.
The EU is seeking to control the right to use raw materials. Even controlling access to the land from where raw materials can be mined.
This will undermine the
Commission Communication: Raw materials initiative COM(08) 699
EU CONTROL OVER ENERGY STOCKS AND NETWORKS
As part of the EU’s plans to take more control over natural resources, the
EU is seeking to have access to a minimum of 10% of the
The European Union plans also include taking control over gas and oil pipelines; and, at an enormous cost to the British taxpayer, expand the interconnection of energy networks so that other EU member states can share in the
The European Union is also seeking to make the member states of the European Union answer to the European Commission as to how gas and oil stocks are to be used, with the EU taking control over:
These power grabs are coming despite the fact that the Lisbon Treaty, which seeks to award the EU control over energy policy, is not legally in force.
Commission Communication: Second strategic energy review – An EU energy security and solidarity action plan COM(08) 781
Commission Green Paper: Towards a secure sustainable and competitive European energy network COM(08) 782
Draft Council Directive imposing an obligation on Member States to maintain minimum stocks of crude oil and/or petroleum products COM(08) 775
Commission Communication on Directive 2004/67/EC concerning measures to safeguard security of natural gas supply COM(08) 769
MORE EU CONTROL OVER NUCLEAR ENERGY
The EU is seeking to
control the development of nuclear power stations.
Under these plans the European Commission will be granted the right to regulate and control:
The European Union will also be expanding its power over the safety of nuclear facilities.
Draft Council Directives COM(08) 790, COM(04) 526 and COM(03) 32
Commission Communication: COM(08) 766
MORE EU CONTROL OVER OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY
Under EU plans the
The EU also seeks to control how the wind turbines are incorporated into the national grid. These proposals will make the debate in
Commission Communication: Offshore Wind Energy – Action needed to deliver on the Energy Objectives for 2020 and beyond COM(08) 768
EU CONTROL OVER THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF BUILDINGS
EU proposals will add
more bureaucracy to the construction of homes and offices.
The EU will have control over the minimum energy performance requirements of buildings, including the specifications for air conditioning units and heaters; and where alternative heating systems should be installed.
These rules regarding buildings will apply regardless of floor area. They will not only affect the construction of new buildings but will also apply when a home or office is undergoing a major renovation.
Draft Directive on the energy performance of buildings (recast) COM(08) 780
EU TO DICTATE TO MEMBER STATES RULES REGARDING MEDICINES
EU is set to give more
power to the European Medicines Agency.
The European Union is also looking to expand its power in an attempt to create a fully functioning single market for pharmaceuticals across the EU.
Commission Communication: Safe, Innovative and Accessible Medicines: a Renewed Vision for the Pharmaceutical Sector COM(08) 666
Draft Directive Com(08) 665 and Draft Regulation COM(08) 664
EU CONTROL OVER PATIENT SAFETY
The EU is set to take
control over the fight against hospital acquired infections.
The European Union plans to lay down patient safety programmes and policies that the National Health Service must follow. Furthermore,
The European Union shall also be setting the targets for patient safety; which is part of their efforts to standardise healthcare across the EU.
Commission Communication on patient safety, including the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections COM(08) 836
Draft Council Recommendation on patient safety, including the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections COM(08) 837
EU CONTROL OVER ORGANS FOR TRANSPLANTATION
Under European Union
The EU proposals also set where organs can be transplanted. The European Union plans also decree that organ donations must be voluntary. The selling of organs for donations is to be made an EU offence.
The European Union proposals will lead to the harmonisation of organ donation.
Draft Directive on standards of quality and safety of human organs intended for transplantation COM(08) 818
MORE LIMITS ON ROAD HAULAGE WORKERS
The EU plans to limit
the working time of self-employed drivers.
This will mean more costs for the road haulage industry which will have to be passed onto the consumer; which during these tough economic times cannot be afforded. The planned restrictions are to be brought in under the guise of safety. However, they are being pushed for by the German authorities to protect their own road hauliers from the competition of harder working hauliers from different countries, most notably those from
Draft Directive amending Directive 2002/15/EC on the organisation of the working time of persons performing mobile road transport activities COM(08) 650
MORE EXPENSIVE REGULATIONS FOR BUS, COACH AND FERRY OPERATORS
The EU is set to add
more costs onto passenger carriers.
Using the issue of passenger rights the EU is seeking to establish a new bureaucratic agency to enforce the EU’s rules. The regulations could cost
Draft Regulation on the rights of passengers in bus and coach transport COM(08) 817
Draft Regulation concerning the rights of passengers when travelling by sea and inland waterways COM(08) 816
MORE EU CONTROL OVER AVIATION
The EU is aiming to
As part of its plans for a Common Aviation Area the European Union wants to standardise regulations across the EU and beyond to neighbouring countries to create a single aviation market governed by Brussels.
Commission Communication: Common Aviation Area with the neighbouring countries by 2010 – progress report COM(08) 596
Since May 2007 the total is 2,615.
Examples of the laws recently introduced are below:
Each time the anti-democratic EU legislative process passes a law, a new cost is added onto British businesses. As members of the European Union there is nothing that our own democratic process can do to overturn those decisions.