In another abandonment of democratic principles by the bureaucrats in Brussels and their hangers-on in national-capitals, a majority on the European Council wants to forward Serbia's EU-membership application to the European Commission, and may use a ruse to get around a Dutch veto. In an appalling betrayal of the 8,000 victims of the Srebrenica Massacre and the thousands of Croatians massacred under the orders of Goran Hadzic, the member state govts want to remove the handover of Ratko Mladic and Goran Hadzic as preconditions for Serbian EU membership. This calls into question Europe's boasts as being (in the pompous boasts in the Lisbon text) 'an area of freedom and justice'. There can be no justice while states harbouring genocidal war-criminals are allowed to join the EU without delivering them to the International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia for trial. Would Germany be allowed into the EU ig it harboured Walter Rauf? The govt must oppose Serbian EU membership unless and until Mladic is handed over to the Hague:Meanwhile, directors Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan are among signaturies calling on Micheal Martin to block Serbian EU membership. The Dail is expected to vote on an EU Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Serbia in coming weeks. It is claimed that the member state govts may try a ruse to get around a Dutch veto by voting that the matter is a "technical" matter than a "political" one. If the former, QMV is used (55% of the member states including 65% of the EU's population), whereas if it is "political", it requires unanimity. The "technical" option has never before been invoked for EU Enlargement. A country harbouring 2 genocidists responsible for the world war-crimes seen in Europe since 1945 is surely the least worthy of such a concession.The Dutch Parliament decided on Wednesday (October 13th) that a debate on Serbia's EU bid should be postponed until the country shows full co-operation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
The decision came ahead of a meeting of the 27-nation bloc's foreign ministers on October 25th, when the diplomats are scheduled to discuss whether Belgrade's membership application should be referred to the European Commission (EC) for its opinion.
The Dutch parliament, however, said that the issue must be put on hold until chief ICTY prosecutor Serge Brammertz's next report on Serbia's co-operation with the UN tribunal, which he is due to submit in early December. If that demand is rejected by the other 26 foreign ministers, The Netherlands will reportedly insist that both the submission of Serbia's application and any other moves linked to its EU accession be made conditional on its full co-operation with The Hague-based court.
Dutch lawmakers believe that Belgrade has been fulfilling its obligation to hand over indicted war criminals only under strong international pressure. They are pushing particularly for the arrest of former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic, one of the remaining two fugitives still sought by UN prosecutors.
The other EU member states believe, however, that Serbian authorities are making strong efforts to capture Mladic and former Croatian Serb political leader Goran Hadzic and should therefore be allowed to move forward on the path towards eventual membership.....