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[09/05/2006] Open Letter to TDs/Senators re tomorrow’s “Europe Day” Dail debate: What they may not know about the Schuman Declaration of 9 May 1950

The open letter below has been sent today to all TDs and Senators to inform them of facts they may not know about the Schuman Declaration of 9 May 1950, which is being commemorated iin “Europe Day” today and in the all-day debate they will be holding in the Dail tomorrow.
The National Platform
For a Europe of independent democratic co-operating nation states
24 Crawford Avenue
Dublin 9
Tel.: (01) 8305792
Tuesday 9 May 2006
Dear Deputy/Senator,
As an addendum to the e-mail I sent you yesterday about the EU Commission Office in Dublin encouraging local broadcasters to break the law, may I send you for your information below the full text of the Schuman Declaration of 9 May 1950, which the Commission and the European Movement desire you to celebrate today and in the special Oireachtas debate tomorrow.
May I draw to your attention the phrases in the Declaration which state that it is “a first step in the federation of Europe”, and that “this proposal will lead to the realization of the first concrete foundation of a European federation”. These political objectives are usually omitted when the Declaration is referred to, and most people do not even know of their existence.
A federation is of course a State and yet for decades now the champions of EC/EU integration have been swearing blind that they have no knowledge of any such plans. This is the lie they have been telling the peoples of the different European countries as the EEC/EC/EU has steadily acquired ever more features of a supranational Federation: flag, anthem, Parliament, Supreme Court, currency, laws, battle groups, code of fundamental rights and now – they hope – its own Constitution and real citizenship and citizens’ obligations. That would leave the power to levy taxes as the only major power of government still remaining at national level. And the Eurocrats clearly aspire to obtain this in time.
The Irish people do not want to become citizens of the federal Europe which the Commission and its ideological hangers-on in the European Movement have been seeking to construct for decades now, while pretending that they are really only concerned with jobs and economic growth. Do YOU want to become a citizen of such a Federation? Is that what the men and women of 1916 had in mind, whom you were purporting to honour just a few short weeks ago?
Already the EU is the source of two-thirds of our laws here in Ireland. Under the proposed EU Constitution that proportion would increase. The power of the EU Commission would increase correspondingly, for it has the monopoly of proposing all laws in the EU. No wonder the Commission has the gall to lash out millions of our money on “Europe Day” gimmicks, on special supplements in our newspapers, and on political advertising in the print and broadcast media – all with the aim of persuading us that we should give it more power.
The proposed EU Constitution, if it were to be ratified, would legally abolish the present European Union and Community and would establish in their place a new Union that would be founded like any State upon its own Consitution. In other words, it would endow this new EIU with the constitutional form of a supranational State, which we would all be made real citizens of, and not just nominal or honorary EU “citizens” as at present. We would then owe this new European Union our prime obedience and allegiance, for it would be, and its Constitution would be, superior to our own State and Constitution, and the Irish Constitution would have to be amended by referendum to recognise that supremacy.
Do you, as an Irish legislator, and an Irish citizen, want to be a citizen of a federal EU State; for one can only be a citizen of a State?
Was this what De Valera founded Fianna Fail for? Or Griffith, Collins and Cosgrave when they laid the foundations of Fine Gael? Or Connolly, who founded the Labour Party, and who gave his life along with Pearse and the others to establish a State in which the Irish people would exercise their right to “the ownership of Ireland and the unfettered control of Irish destinies”? Is having two-thirds of our laws made in Brussels, in making which the Irish people have minimal input, exercising the unfettered control of Irish destinies?
So read Schuman’s Declaration of 9 May 1950 and know what you are really celebrating on “Europe Day”!
Yours faithfully
Anthony Coughlan
PS. Did you see Commission President Manuel Barroso writing in today’s Irish Times “Europe Day” supplement on “the need to respect the views of the people of France and the Netherlands”, who voted against the EU Constitution last year, while simultaneously he and his fellow Eurocrats are urging as many EU Member States as possible to continue ratifying the “Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe” – which is the very opposite of respecting the views of the French and Dutch? This epitomises the consummate arrogance and profoundly elitist and anti-democratic mindset of these people. It is the reason why ordinary citizens are turning against them in every EU country, and will continue to do so.
Full text of the Schuman Declaration of 9 May 1950 (emphasis added below)
This is the full text of the proposal, which was presented by French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman and which led to the creation of what is now the European Union:-
World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it.
The contribution which an organized and living Europe can bring to civilization is indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations. In taking upon herself for more than 20 years the role of champion of a united Europe, France has always had as her essential aim the service of peace. A united Europe was not achieved and we had war.
Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity. The coming together of the nations of Europe requires the elimination of the age-old opposition of France and Germany. Any action taken must in the first place concern these two countries. With this aim in view, the French Government proposes that action be taken immediately on one limited but decisive point.
It proposes that Franco-German production of coal and steel as a whole be placed under a common High Authority, within the framework of an organization open to the participation of the other countries of Europe. The pooling of coal and steel production should immediately provide for the setting up of common foundations for economic development AS A FIRST STEP IN THE FEDERATION OF EUROPE, and will change the destinies of those regions which have long been devoted to the manufacture of munitions of war, of which they have been the most constant victims.
The solidarity in production thus established will make it plain that any war between France and Germany becomes not merely unthinkable, but materially impossible. The setting up of this powerful productive unit, open to all countries willing to take part and bound ultimately to provide all the member countries with the basic elements of industrial production on the same terms, will lay a true foundation for their economic unification. This production will be offered to the world as a whole without distinction or exception, with the aim of contributing to raising living standards and to promoting peaceful achievements.
In this way, there will be realized simply and speedily that fusion of interest which is indispensable to the establishment of a common economic system; it may be the leaven from which may grow a wider and deeper community between countries long opposed to one another by sanguinary divisions.
By pooling basic production and by instituting a new High Authority, whose decisions will bind France, Germany and other member countries, THIS PROPOSAL WILL LEAD TO THE REALIZATION OF THE FIRST CONCRETE FOUNDATION OF A EUROPEAN FEDERATION INDISPENSABLE TO THE PRESERVATION OF PEACE.
To promote the realization of the objectives defined, the French Government is ready to open negotiations on the following bases.
The task with which this common High Authority will be charged will be that of securing in the shortest possible time the modernization of production and the improvement of its quality; the supply of coal and steel on identical terms to the French and German markets, as well as to the markets of other member countries; the development in common of exports to other countries; the equalization and improvement of the living conditions of workers in these industries.
To achieve these objectives, starting from the very different conditions in which the production of member countries is at present situated, it is proposed that certain transitional measures should be instituted, such as the application of a production and investment plan, the establishment of compensating machinery for equating prices, and the creation of a restructuring fund to facilitate the rationalization of production. The movement of coal and steel between member countries will immediately be freed from all customs duty, and will not be affected by differential transport rates. Conditions will gradually be created which will spontaneously provide for the more rational distribution of production at the highest level of productivity.
In contrast to international cartels, which tend to impose restrictive practices on distribution and the exploitation of national markets, and to maintain high profits, the organization will ensure the fusion of markets and the expansion of production.
The essential principles and undertakings defined above will be the subject of a treaty signed between the States and submitted for the ratification of their parliaments. The negotiations required to settle details of applications will be undertaken with the help of an arbitrator appointed by common agreement. He will be entrusted with the task of seeing that the agreements reached conform with the principles laid down, and, in the event of a deadlock, he will decide what solution is to be adopted.
The common High Authority entrusted with the management of the scheme will be composed of independent persons appointed by the governments, giving equal representation. A chairman will be chosen by common agreement between the governments. The Authority’s decisions will be enforceable in France, Germany and other member countries. Appropriate measures will be provided for means of appeal against the decisions of the Authority.
A representative of the United Nations will be accredited to the Authority, and will be instructed to make a public report to the United Nations twice yearly, giving an account of the working of the new organization, particularly as concerns the safeguarding of its objectives.
The institution of the High Authority will in no way prejudge the methods of ownership of enterprises. In the exercise of its functions, the common High Authority will take into account the powers conferred upon the International Ruhr Authority and the obligations of all kinds imposed upon Germany, so long as these remain in force.


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