Democracy at its Best - comments Democracy at its Worst -part 2 2009-09-30T14:49:44Z 2009-09-30T14:49:44Z <p><strong>A real democratic EU is an EU without a Commission :</strong></p> <p><a href="" class="spip_url spip_out auto" rel="nofollow external"></a></p> <p>In considering the advantage of a structure like the European Commission, it would be to have it in an advisory rather than legislative capacity, but advisory functions are of course possible in simpler ways. The axis European Parliament-Council of Ministers is both more democratic and efficient in European legislation.</p> <p>How did it come to this ? The Commission is an enduring hangover from the days of a small, limited, European Coal and Steel Community, a common market for coal and steel set up between 6 countries, when the Commission was called the High Authority.</p> <p>That was then, this is now. Now we have 27 member nations in wide-ranging political and economic cooperation.</p> <p>Now we have 27 unelected Commissioners, supposedly wise and independent, with sole rights to initiate and execute legislation that affects 500 million citizens.</p> <p>Now we have 736 elected Members of Parliament with no real relationship to the Commission (Government) and who basically just look on and give advice to the Commission and to national government politicians, whatever about some approval functions the Members of Parliament (the MEPs) are allowed to share with the national government representatives, who meet as the Council of Ministers.</p> <p>Real power is in the axis Commission - Council of Ministers, the latter (in the sense that they can be individual heads of state, and meet as the European Council) of course also appointing the former.</p> <hr class="spip" /> <p>Let's have a look at the United States model. Comparisons with the United States usually gives the response « Europe is not the United States ! », « No more power to Brussels ! »</p> <p>Actually, national sovereignity guarantees can be maintained precisely because the European Union already is like the United States.</p> <p>Democracy by Population = The House of Representatives = The European Parliament Democracy by State = The Senate = The Council of Ministers</p> <p>see <a href="" class="spip_url spip_out auto" rel="nofollow external"></a> onwards</p>