Wise Up Journal
by Gabriel O’Hara

The article below is from a pro EU website, the EU  Observer, which informs us of the creation of a new EU propaganda machine, the Interinstitutional Group on Information (IGI), despite resistance from member states. It will be used to reeducate, as the communists say, the school children, national media journalists, the general public and other education programmes. The EU want the people under them have to “right to know” what’s best. Commissioner Margot Wallstrom also explains a Yes vote in all EU nations in a referendum is the EU’s “the ultimate challenge”. At the moment it looks like a number of other nations would also vote no if they still had a democratic referendum. If the IGI was setup years ago the EU might be ready to win “the ultimate challenge”.

Brussels to educate Ireland on EU realities

EUOBSERVER / STRASBOURG – The European Commission plans to help the Irish government communicate “Europe” better to citizens after June’s shock No vote on the Lisbon treaty, with a new inter-institutional agreement to pull together the PR efforts of the main EU institutions.

“It’s not about the European Commission interfering with the procedures and referenda on the Treaty, but it is investing in trying to correct the situation [….],” communication commissioner Margot Wallstrom said on Wednesday (22 October) in Strasbourg.

Ms Wallstrom plans to sign a “memorandum of understanding” on launching a new communication “management project” in Ireland when she visits Dublin on 13 to 14 November.

The one year partnerships – already up and running in Germany, Hungary and Slovenia with eight other EU states about to sign up – see the commission provide EU literature, journalist training, school manuals and other civic education programmes.

One concrete project in Germany was “Guess who is going back to school,” in which about 500 German officials paid visits to their former schools, explaining to pupils what their job is within the EU institutions.

The commissioner on Wednesday also signed an inter-institutional agreement between the European Parliament, commission and Council to co-ordinate the three institutions’ communication efforts.

She said the move was not designed to create a “propaganda machine” but to support the fundamental democratic principle of the right to know. “It is the first time we have this framework after heavy resistance from member states,” the commissioner explained.

Co-ordination will be provided by the Interinstitutional group on information (IGI) comprised of Ms Walstrom on behalf of the commission, French minister Jean Pierre Jouyet on behalf of the European Council and the vice-president of the European Parliament, Spanish conservative MEP Alejo Vidal-Quadras.

IGI will not have its own budget, but will draw from the coffers of the three institutions.

Asked what would be the outcome of a pan-European referendum on the Lisbon treaty – as suggested by some Irish campaigners – Ms Wallstrom stressed that it is “the ultimate challenge” from a communication point of view

Comment from Anthony Coughlan of the National Platform EU Research and Information Centre:

The 27 non-elected members of the Brussels Commission would obtain major new powers under the Lisbon Constitution Treaty.

This treaty would transfer many new areas of law-making from the Member States to the supranational EU level. This means that the non-elected Commission would then become the sole proposal of EU legislation for these areas.

The Commission is clearly a highly self-interested party in relation to EC/EU treaties,which greatly increase its own power.

What right has the EU Commission to use EU taxpayers’ money – some of which comes from Irish citizens – to seek to influence Irish public opinion on the EU with a view to reversing the Irish people’s referendum vote on Lisbon?

What right has the Irish Government to encourage this kind of interference from abroad with the same end in view?

It appears some, if not the majority, of Irish “movers and shakers” have already been fully conditioned by the EU to blindly support it, and EU’s new definition of democracy, ahead of their own nation in spite of “their” people’s wishes:

Irish Independent

Partners tired of ‘difficult’ Irish says Eurocrat

EUROPEAN countries are in no mood to renegotiate the Lisbon Treaty just to accommodate the “difficult” Irish, according to the highest-ranking EU civil servant from Ireland.

Secretary General of the European Commission, Catherine Day,

She told a Dail committee yesterday that when Irish representatives at meetings try to voice concerns on issues other than Lisbon, the mood among other delegates is that “the Irish are being difficult” again.

Ms Day said that the ‘No’ vote has meant that, for the time being, other member states tend to view Ireland only through the prism of the Lisbon Treaty.

“But I do not believe that Ireland’s image has been tarnished irrevocably, provided we are able to ratify in a reasonable time period.

“The mood in most of the other member states is that they want to get on with the real agenda and put an end to the institutional debate.

She said the Irish Government was not coming under any “undue pressure” to make a final decision.

“I don’t see any willingness to re-open the treaty.

“The goodwill does not go so far as to changing the treaty.”

In fairness to Ms Day she is unelected by the public, so we should not expect her to pretend to hold their interests. However, it is treason under the law for attempting or influencing an overthrow of the will of the people.


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