• "Regrettable, unfortunate and irresponsible" - European Commission confirms staff report on Ireland leaked to Bundestag

    The European Commission has this afternoon confirmed that a report on Ireland was leaked to the German Bundestag, in advance of it's formal publication on June 25th. The confirmation follows reports in this morning's Irish Times discussed here.

    European Commission spokesperson Amadeu Altafaj responding to questions from RTÉ's Tony Connelly at the Commission's Midday briefing said the report was not a Troika document, but was in fact an European Commission staff report that was given to each memberstate. The Commission's spokesperson said the leak was "tegrettable, unfortunate and irresponsible".

    The Commission spokesperson said that the Germany has a legal obligation to circulate such documents to the German Parliament's Budget Committee.

    The video this morning is worth watching from 1:10.

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    1. Frank Galton's Avatar
      Frank Galton -
    1. conservative green's Avatar
      conservative green -
      Blueshirts line up hear to give thanks to your master for blessings rendered!
    1. sport02's Avatar
      sport02 -
      Has this not already happened twice in the last nine months?
      Noonan complained and even wrote to the Germans, just goes to show that
      no one in Germany or europe listens to Noonan/Enda and the Irish government.

      This from the FT back in November 2011
      Irish political leaders expressed outrage on Friday that confidential details of Ireland’s next budget were given to the German Bundestag before the Irish parliament, the latest controversy sparked by growing wariness of Berlin’s dominance of Europe’s response to the spiralling debt crisis
      And just as recent as March 2012 from RTE.
      Anger in Dáil over lack of information. Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said it is a matter of concern for the ... the way in which the document was leaked and would be raising it with the German Finance Minister

      Proof if ever we needed, nobody pays attention to Enda and Noonan in europe.
    1. He3's Avatar
      He3 -
      Well done to the Irish Times journalists for digging this out, and to Tony Connolly following it and winkling out the admission this morning.
    1. FionnMc's Avatar
      FionnMc -
      Perhaps the Irish media should base all their political correspondents in Berlin now. At least that way they're more likely to get the latest news on the Irish economy at the earliest possible opportunity.
    1. LDF's Avatar
      LDF -
      I'm not sure we should be complaining about this report coming into the public domain - surely it's a good thing that Irish taxpayers get to see the same report as German Parliamentarians are seeing.

      I think people are more annoyed by the fact that German MP's have possession of the report in the first place. Well, that's just a symptom of the fact that were in a Troika programme. Our creditors have the right to see reports on how the Irish programme is progressing. The Irish Govt get similar reports on Greece for example. The German Courts have given significant oversight powers to the Bundestag Finance Committee and that Committee has the right to be given reports such as these.

      The only thing the Irish Government can do in the short-term is to publish these reports as soon as they have them - even if they are drafts. The medium term goal should be to get out of bailout territory. Complaining about leaks won't do us any good.
    1. Edo's Avatar
      Edo -
      Quote Originally Posted by LDF View Post
      I'm not sure we should be complaining about this report coming into the public domain - surely it's a good thing that Irish taxpayers get to see the same report as German Parliamentarians are seeing.

      I think people are more annoyed by the fact that German MP's have possession of the report in the first place. Well, that's just a symptom of the fact that were in a Troika programme. Our creditors have the right to see reports on how the Irish programme is progressing. The Irish Govt get similar reports on Greece for example. The German Courts have given significant oversight powers to the Bundestag Finance Committee and that Committee has the right to be given reports such as these.

      The only thing the Irish Government can do in the short-term is to publish these reports as soon as they have them - even if they are drafts. The medium term goal should be to get out of bailout territory. Complaining about leaks won't do us any good.
      hear hear - enough of this trivial grandstanding
    1. Big Brother's Avatar
      Big Brother -
      Sure that's nothing.

      Didn't the government leak the result of the referendum a day before the count?

      A lot to think about there by the way.
    1. Hogsback's Avatar
      Hogsback -
      Better get used to it.
      Or maybe they'll be more careful to make sure the public don't find out in future.
    1. Watcher2's Avatar
      Watcher2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by LDF View Post
      I'm not sure we should be complaining about this report coming into the public domain - surely it's a good thing that Irish taxpayers get to see the same report as German Parliamentarians are seeing.

      I think people are more annoyed by the fact that German MP's have possession of the report in the first place. Well, that's just a symptom of the fact that were in a Troika programme. Our creditors have the right to see reports on how the Irish programme is progressing. The Irish Govt get similar reports on Greece for example. The German Courts have given significant oversight powers to the Bundestag Finance Committee and that Committee has the right to be given reports such as these.

      The only thing the Irish Government can do in the short-term is to publish these reports as soon as they have them - even if they are drafts. The medium term goal should be to get out of bailout territory. Complaining about leaks won't do us any good.
      I think the complaints are around the fact that the Dail is now merely a branch, a lower grade branch, or the Bundestag. But itys what we voted for in the various European referendums. So suck it up. The rest of us have to.
    1. stakerwallace's Avatar
      stakerwallace -
      Nothing new here! It serves only to remind us of where Ahern, McGreevy, Cowen, Harney and co. have led us.
    1. TheMushyStuff's Avatar
      TheMushyStuff -
      Sounds like we are getting ready for our new Masters in Berlin.
    1. Howya's Avatar
      Howya -
      The Commission spokesperson said that the Germany has a legal obligation to circulate such documents to the German Parliament's Budget Committee.
      I can understand the commission's report being circulated to the Bundestag budget committee when the report is formally issued but what I don't get is why the budget committee circulates a leaked report.
    1. needle_too's Avatar
      needle_too -
      Quote Originally Posted by Big Brother View Post
      Sure that's nothing.

      Didn't the government leak the result of the referendum a day before the count?

      A lot to think about there by the way.
      What?
    1. GabhaDubh's Avatar
      GabhaDubh -
      How soon will it before we can vote in the German elections.
    1. Neutron's Avatar
      Neutron -
      Whats the issue here?

      We bend over backwards for the Germans at the best of times, its only fair we continue to bend over backwards.
    1. He3's Avatar
      He3 -
      @GabhaDubh

      The principle of having to pay for the right to vote is written into the ESM treaty.

      A country that is unable to pay its dues to the ESM loses its right to vote.
    1. olamp's Avatar
      olamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by needle_too View Post
      What?
      Reuters reported that the Referendum would be passed by 60 /40 -they reported this as coming from a government source just after the polls closed!! Surely something to think about!
    1. eirepol's Avatar
      eirepol -
      Is anyone really unhappy that the Germans are running the country? Isn't that what de Valera wanted?
    1. He3's Avatar
      He3 -
      RUI is European for GUBU
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