EU democratic deficit

If anyone harboured any illusions of democracy in the European Union, they've now been truly shattered. Over a million signatures were collected for a European Citizens' Initiative, backed by over 200 organisations across 21 countries in the EU, calling for "the Council to repeal the negotiating mandate for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and not to conclude the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)."

This call for democratic accountability has been rejected on spurious legal grounds. As Tom Lines wrote: 

"There is no explanation why De Gucht considers reopening talks on CETA to be a "trap".

As for the Citizens' Initiative, the Commission appears to have rejected it on TTIP because it took place before the negotiations were concluded, and on CETA because it was after the negotiations were concluded.  Is there a lawyer out there who can make sense of this?"

EU Commission wants to wipe out citizens’ involvement in TTIP and CETA (H/T)

European Citizens’ Initiative against TTIP rejected / Alliance announces resistance

Can anyone pretend these agreements are for our benefit?

The incentives, for individual commissioners and EU apparatchiks, are to do the bidding of the City of London and big corporations - the rewards are beyond the dreams of avarice. These levers of power combine to carry out the will of the RC.

Brussels Revolving Door Leads Straight to the City by Molly Scott Cato (H/T)

"Few cases better exemplify the rapidly revolving door between a public political mandate and private interest than the case of Sharon Bowles. As ex-chair of the highly influential European Parliamentary Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) she has effortlessly moved from gamekeeper to poacher to become a non-executive director at the London Stock Exchange."

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