31 May, 2011

Truth 14: The Right to Choose is at the foundation of Human Rights

Having received a reply from the European Commission again refusing to publish the Great Charter of the Founding Fathers of the European Community, I was invited by the European Ombudsman to give my reactions.

Background The Founding Fathers of Europe defined 18 April 1951 as the day which was the Birthday of Europe. Their signatures of the Treaty of Paris and the commitment of Six Founder States, they said, was the 'REAL FOUNDATION' of Europe. It was to be based on supranational democracy. They provided a Great Charter defining as the principal right of citizens the right and freedom to choose. This is necessary to distinguish TRUTH. This excluded the so-called 'People's Democracies' where the political parties were in control and free organized civil society was banned or gagged. It excluded religious autocracies. It excluded any form of political dictatorship. Recently European politicans European politicans refused to recognize referendums saying NO to their shoddy Constitutional Treaty designed to give parties more power. They changed its name to the Lisbon Treaty  and parties forced it through. They have spent more than 4 million euros (plus untold millions indirectly) in deceitful propaganda like the 'Together since 1957' programme. The aim was to try to convince European citizens that the European Community began in 1957 with the treaties of Rome. They mention only one treaty -- the Economic Treaty -- and say that all the EU today derived from the Market. This is FALSE. First came reconciliation then Europe's democratic political structures. Europe began with the European Community system in 1951, the first Community being the European Coal And Steel Community. It created Europe's first Single Market in 1953 and created the need for further democratic Communities. Since the time of de Gaulle in the 1960s these Communities have not been able to function democratically because of the centralizing position of the Council of Ministers and now the European Council.

Here is my reply.

Schuman Project
David H Price, Editor

30 May 2011
Director General, Communication
European Commission

Re: Ombudsman refs 1200/2010/RT and 663/2011/RT

Dear Mr Sørensen,
Thank you for your letter of 15 April 2011 relative to my long correspondence about the EU’s plans for celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the European Union on 18 April 2011.

I am glad to receive confirmation that Mr Robert Schuman’s Declaration of 9 May 2011 will be published in its full form, that is, the Commission publications will be corrected. That implies correction according to a certified copy from the original held by the French Foreign Ministry. Does this ‘corrected’ Commission publication include the preliminary, strategic paragraphs placing the French government decision in its world political context? I would be grateful to know if you have received an official copy from the French Foreign Ministry. If so, I would be grateful to receive a copy.

I wish to renew my request for the immediate publication of the Charter of the Founding Fathers, the Declaration made on 18 April 1951. Notwithstanding the remarks of the Ombudsman in 1200/2010/RT, I believe it is the Commission’s legal responsibility to publish Europe's great Charter, establishing the ‘true foundation’ of Europe, based on supranational democratic principles. The argument about its absence in the archive of EUI at Florence is irrelevant. This is based on a misunderstanding of the dating {it starts officially in August 1952} and mission {it covers internal bureaucratic files only}of the Florence EUI Archives, as I described in my letter of 16 February 2011.

The reasons the Commission is legally and morally obliged to publish the Charter include the following:
  1. The Declaration of the Founding Fathers acting as Plenipotentiaries of the Six is an official document of the European Community. It is a concomitant part of the foundational Treaty of Paris that was ratified in all parliamentary chambers of the Founder States.
  2. The Commission believes it right to publish the foundational Treaty of Paris, even though it does not possess an authentic copy from France in Brussels or in its archives at Florence. France gave official copies only to Member States. The Treaty is the original basis for European law. All the Community institutions should publish this Charter as a concomitant part of the Treaty. The Charter is also part of Community law, defining rights and duties of States, organisations and individuals, as well as those of the European institutions. The principles of the Charter are not time-limited in any way.
  3. This legally important Charter contains elements and principles dealing with Fundamental Rights and Freedoms of all citizens. There is no excuse as to why it has not been published by the Commission. This is a major oversight. It denies citizens proper knowledge of how the European States and institutions have recognized their rights.
  4. Being published on an unofficial Luxembourg website (which is not always working properly) is not an argument to relieve the Commission of its dereliction. The Commission has legal responsibilities to publish it as a founding document. It is a legal responsibility of the Commission and the other institutions to make known to citizens their rights and privileges as being part of the Community. This Charter document is a succinct legal document describing those rights. One of the obligations spelt out prominently in the Charter is that it must be properly published, specifically by the governments and others organs. (See inter alia the first paragraphs and the last line of the Charter.)
  5. Other documents such as the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the Lisbon Treaty have been published. Yet this 1951 Great Charter is the foundation for those rights in the Lisbon Treaty Charter. It is all the more reason why the Commission should not only publish it but give it great prominence.
  6. It is a legal document of the Community signed by Plenipotentiaries, and ratified by Parliaments. It should also be introduced into the legal database of documents of the EU such as EurLex.
  7. It defines the conditions by which the two halves of Europe, divided by the Iron Curtain, or military occupation such as Cyprus can be fully active members of the European Community. It provides the philosophical basis for the Community’s foreign policy. This is of major importance in relation to the ‘Arab Spring’ and events in the Middle East, Africa, China, Russia and elsewhere.
You write that ‘The celebration of other important historical dates, such as the 60th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration or of the Treaty of Paris, were not selected by the European institutions as communication priorities.’ {My emphasis} Can you tell me how this was decided? Who authorized spending ɛ4.2 million on the ‘Together since 1957’ project and that this date should be acclaimed as Europe’s 50th birthday – when clearly it was not? Which committees were responsible for checking, controlling and passing a multi-million euro programme based on false historical information?

How much was spent on the Robert Schuman Declaration celebration in May 2010, how was it selected, who authorized how was it spent?

Who decided that the real 60th birthday of Europe, as defined by the Founding Fathers, 18 April 2011 should not be ‘selected’? Which officials decided that nothing should be spent on it and that not even a press release should be issued? Who was on the committee? Were the concepts in my long, two-year correspondence saying that it should be the major celebration of recent years discussed? Mr Schuman declared that his great initiative ‘would make war not only unthinkable but materially impossible’. That has happened. Europeans are now living in the longest period of peace in more than 2000 years of history. Why was this date, not only not selected but being a hugely important and well-known calendar date, DE-selected from any celebration, mention or the slightest communication? I enclose a recent article I wrote about it, published on several websites in Europe and North America. http://democracy.blogactiv.eu/2011/04/18/mr-barroso-where-is-europes-celebration-of-the-first-real-peace-and-democracy-in-2000-years-today-18-april-2011-is-the-60th-anniversary/

Thank you in advance for your replies to these questions. I am enclosing a copy of this letter to the Ombudsman as the above questions were raised and not answered or dealt with even after the above referenced complaint.

Yours sincerely,

David Price

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