• Responding to the economic debacle landed on the people of Cyprus, UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP has called on members of the European Parliament to sign a motion of censure on the European Commission.
If 76 signatures* are collected by April 11th there shall be a debate and vote on sacking the European Commssion during the April plenary.
Letter to MEPs and motion of censure:
The proud people of Cyprus have just seen their country economically ransacked and their biggest industry destroyed by the Troika. The European Commission has now imposed capital controls on that country quite contrary to its espoused principle of the free movement of capital.
One of the few things the European Parliament can do is to hold the European Commission to account for its actions. I believe this is something we should do on this important issue affecting so many innocent people. As elected representatives who wish to show solidarity with the people of Cyprus, we should take a stand on this vital matter.
Therefore I kindly ask you to sign this motion of censure on the European Commission attached.
Please notify my office if you would like to sign - the deadline is the 11th April 2013.
If enough signatures are collected then we can have a debate and vote at the next April plenary session with the College of Commissioners.
pursuant to Rule 107 of the Rules of Procedure
Nigel Farage, ...
Motion of censure on the Commission by the European Parliament
The European Parliament,
– having regard to Article 17(8) of the Treaty on European Union, Article 234 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and Article 106a of the Euratom Treaty,
– having regard to Rule 107 of its Rules of Procedure,
A. whereas the Commission's actions over the Cyprus debt crisis have had grave unintended consequences including a massive and highly damaging loss of confidence in both the Euro and Eurozone banks
B. notes that this loss of confidence affects everybody with a bank account in the entire Eurozone and beyond.
C. whereas the most badly affected people are the disadvantaged,
D. whereas it is the duty of the European Parliament to hold the Commission to account.
E. whereas the Commission constantly claims that the worst is over and that the recovery has begun when, in reality, it staggers from crisis to crisis
F. whereas there is now the gravest of threats of a pan-European, Japanese-style 'lost decade';
1. Censures the Commission;
2 Instructs its President to forward this motion of censure to the President of the Council and the President of the Commission and to notify them of the result of the vote on it in plenary.
* Update: The required number of signatures was not reached.