• UKIP MEP Gerard Batten has called on all MEPs to reject the proposed commission on grounds of its Marxist and communist elements, including Commission President Barroso's Maoist past, Spanish commissioner Almunia's Marxist connections, former communist apparatchiks from the former Soviet bloc and the past communist sympathies of the new EU foreign minister, Baroness Ashton.
The following is the communication sent to all MEPs (bold in original):
Last month, the European People’s Party pledged to reject any candidates for the Commission who “have been associated with oppressive regimes” or “have participated in non-democratic governments or political movements, or governments or movements that have been tainted by corruption". While I believe that the whole structure of the European Union is anti-democratic in nature, nevertheless such minimum requirements are the least we should expect from those of you who believe in the European Union.
Therefore I appeal to all the political groups and MEPs to vote to reject the currently proposed Commission on the grounds that these minimal standards on not being met in a number of cases.
himself was a member of an underground revolutionary Maoist party, at the time when such parties were directed from Beijing in the same way as the Communist Parties were controlled by Moscow. He reportedly left it only in 1977, after China abandoned its worldwide subversive network. The Maoist brand of communism was the foulest of all and the Chinese Communist Party is estimated to have been responsible for the deaths of at least eighty million of their own people.
Five Commissioners-designate include Communist apparatchiks: Mr. Siim Kallas*, Mr. Maroš Šefcovič*, Mr. Štefan Füle*, Mr. Andris Piebalgs* and Mr. Janez Potočnik.*
All of these men served oppressive communist regimes or were members of communist parties. Another candidate, Maria Damanaki
, is the former Greek Communist Party MP. Communist parties are by their nature non-democratic, and wherever they have achieved power, oppressive.
, designated as the EU's High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, was the Treasurer of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in Britain in the early 1980s and was allegedly a communist sympathiser. I recently supplied Mr Barosso with information indicating that during her time as CND's Treasurer unidentified donations may have included money channelled from the Soviet bloc. Baroness Ashton has so far failed to give a full and clear answer to these accusations. If they are true it shows that she was prepared to accept money from Britain's enemies to undermine the foreign and security policy of her own country and that of NATO. That being the case she can hardly be a proper person to entrust with the EU's foreign and security policy now.
belongs to the Marxist wing of the Socialist Workers’ Party in Spain. He was a minister in the SWP Government in 1986-1991, under Felipe Gonzalez. This Government was fanatically pro-Kremlin and enthusiastically supported the Soviet project of the creation of a 'common European home', it also opposed the independence of the Baltic states. As SWP leader in 2000, Almunia was personally responsible for its infamous electoral coalition with the communist-dominated 'Izquierda Unida' block.
The candidature of László Andor
is strongly objected to by many Hungarians, and others, on the grounds of his allegedly Marxist views and former closeness to the Hungarian Communist Party.
One of the few real powers this Parliament has is the ability to reject the Commission. It is our duty to hold the Commission candidates accountable for their pasts. No one who worked for, collaborated with, or was in any way compromised by their association with communist regimes is fit to be a Commissioner in what at least purports to be a democratic institution. Too many questions remain unanswered. The new Commission must be composed of new people with clean records.
Some of you may recall that in April 2006 I asked for a Parliamentary enquiry into the allegations of my constituent Alexander Litvinenko, a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Russian FSB, that a former President of the Commission, Romano Prodi, had been an agent of some kind of the KGB. This enquiry never happened and Mr Litvinenko was murdered before I could bring him the Parliament to openly discuss his allegations.
The allegations about the communist past of some of the proposed Commissioners must not similarly be ignored. Those of you who maintain that the democratic credentials of the EU can be improved must form a consensus across the political spectrum to reject the proposed Commissioners and demand one composed of genuine democrats.
Therefore I call on all MEPs of whatever political affiliation or group membership to vote against and reject the currently proposed Commission as unfit to represent an institution that purports to be democratic.
Gerard Batten MEP
Siim Kallas. Member of Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) 1972-1990, and apparatchik in Soviet Estonia's Finance Ministry 1975-1979; Director of the ESSR's Central Board of the (state owned) Savings Bank 1979-1986; Deputy Editor-in.Chief of the Estonian Communist Party's daily newpaper, Rahva Haal, 1986-1989; Chairman of the ESSR's Central Association of Trade Unions, 1989-1991.
Maroš Šefcovič. Former member of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and a student at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), known to be a “KGB incubator”.
Štefan Füle. Member of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia 1982-1989; a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). Worked for the Foreign Ministry of communist Czechoslovakia since 1987.
Andris Piebalgs. Communist Party of the Soviet Union member during the late 1980s, and an official at Soviet Latvia’s Ministry of Education in 1988-1990.
* Janez Potočnik. Formerly a mid-ranking apparatchik (Assistant Director of Institute of Economic Analysis and Development in Ljubljana) in communist Yugoslavia.