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Sock puppets: How the European Union spends your money

by | 7th, March 2013

A GREAT little report out from the IEA today. No, I’m not saying so because I wrote it: I didn’t. But it shows quite how the EU spends some of that vast river of cash we send it each year .

  • Citizens have not been consulted directly, however. Instead they have been ventriloquised through ‘sock puppet’ charities, think tanks and other ‘civil society’ groups which have been hand-picked and financed by the European Commission (EC). These organisations typically lobby for closer European integration, bigger EU budgets and more EU regulation.
  • The composition of ‘civil society’ at the EU level is largely dictated by which groups the Commission chooses to fund. There has been a bias towards centre-left organisations, with a particular emphasis on those promoting policies that are unpopular with the public, such as increasing foreign aid, restricting lifestyle freedoms and further centralising power within EU institutions.

Now maybe you support those policies and maybe you don’t. But the problem is the way the money rolls around. The EU decides that, hmm, maybe it would be good if a citizen’s group called for more European integration? At which point they find a group to say there should be more European integration. So, then the EU can turn around and say, well, here’s this civil group calling for more European integration: therefore we must have more European integration!

All of which is fine when you approve of the policies being undertaken.

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Posted: 7th, March 2013 | In: Money, Politicians Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed: RSS 2.0 | TrackBack | Permalink