'Here we are, at a time of economic stringency, and you want to spend €1.1 billion of hard pressed European taxpayers money on a programme to help "Partner Countries" along EU borders,' UKIP MEP Derek Clark
said in Strasbourg today during the debate on the future allocation of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) for the cross-border cooperation programmes budget [2010/2783(RSP)
"What are you thinking about?" Mr Clark asked Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle. "Has the Commission been asleep the last two years?"
Meanwhile, Mr Clark pointed out, millions are out of work, some newer member states are still not getting the promised financial package, Germany has a billion-euro bail-bond round their necks to underwrite the Greek economy, and Britain is raising taxes, freezing public sector pay and pensions, and cutting back on welfare, while finding £45 million daily to fund the EU.
"Is this what you mean by 'more Europe' or is it an attempt to draw these countries into the EU? Sounds like empire building to me and after all, Jose Barroso himself called this an empire
"We are told the EU is to prevent further wars in Europe but if you look at the record you will find that these were due to the Empire builders, and now you are doing it all over again.
"Do you never learn?" Mr Clark concluded.