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Sunday, 2 October 2011

Andrew Brons MEP Exposes More EU Nonsense on Globalisation

Andrew Brons Exposes More EU Nonsense on Globalisation

The European Union’s attempts to deal with the effects of globalisation are doomed to failure because they fail to address the core of the problem, Andrew Brons MEP has said.

Speaking during a debate in the European Parliament yesterday on developments in the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund, Mr Brons said there were two fundamental problems that fund faced:

“It provides the European Union with a responsibility that member states could much more appropriately fulfil themselves; and it recognises that Globalisation wreaks havoc with people’s livelihoods but the EU does nothing to address the cause of the problem, which is Globalisation itself.

“Globalisation moves manufacturing from high labour-cost countries to low labour-cost countries and floods the West with goods from those countries, destroying our manufacturing bases and taking the jobs of our workers,” Mr Brons said.

“It would be very difficult to compete with low wage economies without reducing our wage rates to the levels in those countries.

“We might hope to use technology in an attempt to compete but our technology is often exported to countries that compete with us or it is bought and copied infringing the Western manufacturer’s patent rights.

“The countries of Europe must, individually or collectively (I would prefer individually) protect their industries and peoples from ruin and impoverishment” he concluded.

* The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) was set up by the European Union in 2006 with the ostensible aim of “supporting workers” who have been made redundant as a result of “trade liberalisation.”

In effect this means an EU-wide dole-system, designed to take tax money from those nations with higher employment levels and spend it is other EU member states for “counselling, job search and mobility allowances; new ICT skills and other forms of training; entrepreneurial support, including micro-credits.”

The EGF has spent €68 million since 2007 to help over 15,000 workers in eight Member States to find new jobs. The workers supported so far had been previously employed in the manufacture of vehicles, or mobile phones, or textiles and clothing.