20th September 2011
I am increasingly concerned about new EU criminal law proposals which are scheduled to undermine national governments.
The European Commission have published a proposal to further increase the powers of the Lisbon Treaty and make it possible for the EU to set criminal laws across the entire bloc. These powers take away one of the sovereign rights of nations - that of defining, implementing and enforcing laws within their own borders. Only the national governments should be able to be taken before the EU; when they infringe EU policies that they have agreed.
We already have a process of implementing and enforcing EU policy: through national governments. These proposals give the European Commission further licence to push Europe towards a federal system such as the USA. This is not the kind of EU that I want to see.
I believe the Commission should focus on improving cooperation between governments without trying to grab yet more powers.