Definite "NO" to the United States of Europe
The all-EU meeting of European Affairs Committees of member states was held in Riga, Latvia on June 1-2. Tibor Bana, the Jobbik-delegated vice chairman of the Hungarian National Assembly's European Affairs Committee was also a member of the Hungarian group.
During the two-day event, the Jobbik MP managed to speak out and represent Hungarian interests in three topics with major significance for EU countries; the energy supply for our region, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the role of member states' parliaments in the European Union.
Tibor Bana pointed out to the other representatives that Europe's gas supply is still unimaginable without the Russian gas, especially in terms of Hungary. He added that diversification was indeed a key issue, so Iranian, Algerian and other gas would also be important for Europe, but our continent's opportunities cannot be reasonably compared to those of the United States as shale gas production is much more expensive and involves higher environmental and human risks in Europe than in the USA.
The Jobbik MP also expressed his firm opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, emphasizing the importance of GMO-free status and he pointed out that the treaty, which is definitely rejected by Jobbik, must never be ratified without the approval of the national parliaments. Tibor Bana objected to the treaty negotiations being conducted behind closed doors, contrary to all EU principles and denying any insight from social partners while the representatives of the large business sector have access to the content of the discussions.
Tibor Bana (centre)
On the second day of the COSAC meeting, the MP spoke out for the enhancement of the roles of member states' parliaments, explaining that member countries should be allowed to make decisions on their own instead of a centralized decision-making process. Tibor Bana expressed his support for the red card procedure suggested by British MPs. The idea would practically give veto rights for member states to block EU legislative proposals that would violate their national interests.
Although the majority of the speakers were clearly supporting the United States of Europe concept, the Jobbik MP told Alfahir about his positive experience with some other countries' representatives who also voiced their concerns about the ongoing EU processes, the issue of the TTIP as well as the enhancement of the roles of member states.