October 15, 2009 | Jim Killock

EU Parliament’s credibility undermined by back track on citizens’ rights

Amendment 138, guaranteeing Internet access and protecting fundamental civil liberties, is being watered down by Parliamentary negotiators seeking a compromise with the EU Council.

The EU Parliament’s credibility is being fatally undermined just as they are about to be given a stronger role defending our rights under the Lisbon Treaty.

The MEP’s negotiator Catherine Trautmann seems to want to agree that restrictions to internet access and fundamental freedoms can be imposed pretty much at will.

This goes directly against the intentions of the 88% of the Parliament that voted for citizens’ to have guarantees of their fundamental rights.

Since 2004, Parliament has lost every battle with the Council. This means that member states can negotiate their citizens rights away behind closed doors: unless the EU Parliament develops some back bone.

MEPs need to ask some very tough questions of their negotiators, who are busy consigning Parliament to a long future as a rubber stamp.

Full details can be found at La Quadrature du Net’s press release.

Take action: write to your MEP asking them to put pressure on their team to preserve our rights and the EU Parliament's credibility.

Comments (5)

  1. Anonymous:
    Oct 15, 2009 at 04:57 PM

    awful, have written to them!

  2. Jim Killock:
    Oct 16, 2009 at 01:48 PM

    Thanks for writing. Looking at the blogs, plenty of other people agree and have written as well.

  3. Anonymous:
    Oct 23, 2009 at 08:57 PM

    Terrible; and I especially agree about the irony of the parliament betraying our needs this way, in light of the recent progress of the Lisbon Treaty!

  4. Josey Grimshaw:
    Oct 27, 2009 at 08:30 PM

    I believe that watering down rights and access to the internet will be a serious breach of human rights and inhibit the economic and social growth of all those whom currently use it. Criminals will always perpertrate crime, I notice we do not ban alcohol or cigarettes,we do not close casino's I believe that another agenda here is being enlisted at the ignorance of those who would do nothing to prevent it. All it takes for the spread of evil is for good men to do nothing.

  5. David Marrs:
    Nov 10, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Could you provide some links to support your assessment of the European Parliament. It would be interesting to have some background on this.