Re: EU budget: Slovakia could lose billions, Flash News, June 20, 2005
As a Brit, and a supporter of Tony Blair's stance in relation to the EU Budget, I totally agree with Oscar's comments.
The greatest drawback to the efficient financial operation of the Union is the iniquitous Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). With the (very welcome) enlargement of the Union it is essential that all areas of its administration, not least its finances, are revisited.
The days of the Franco-German dominance, of their interests being paramount and their political "clout" prevailing, are well and truly over. It is to be hoped that the elections in both of those countries later in the year lead to their newly elected governments taking a less parochial position on all of these issues.
The ideals of the European Union remain admirable, but the tendency towards national self-interest and bureaucracy must be halted. It exists for the benefit of all its members, and not merely to serve the interests of a powerful few.
27. Jun 2005 at 0:00