<alter-ee> anti-EU leaflet
Fri, 10 May 2002 16:14:29 +0200
> EUROPEAN UNION MYTHS AND FACTS
> Mith 1 - Poles will be able to freely work and travel in Europe without
> Poland's accession to EU.
> The governments of several countries have lobbied to introduce a
> waiting period before Poles will be able to work abroad. In all
> except for a small professional class, work abroad will be temporary and
> without benefits - perhaps not better than now but subject to tax.
> In terms of travelling, Comissioner Verheugen has announced that Poland
> not and will not be able to fulfill certain Schengen criteria for some
> and therefore border controls will be kept for some time after acession.
> In addition, the Shengen Information System is in place and will be
> to include different categories of people. The SIS is a computerised data
> base which stores information on "undesirables". Now it is used to mostly
> keep out people of certain political orientation and it has been used even
> where there should be no border controls between EU member states. Further
> implementation include denying freedom of movement to people who have
> committed or have been accused of certain types of crime, tax and military
> Myth 2 - Once Poland is a member of the EU, investment will start flooding
> into the country and financial problems will be solved.
> It's not that easy, nor or comparisons to Portugal and Ireland exactly
> correct. These countries entered the EU on more favorable conditions than
> Poland will have and have quite different economic profiles.
> The European Union proposed that candidate countries should pay their full
> contribution to the EU from the first day of accession, and pointed out
> they may have to wait a full year before receiving compensation. Moreover,
> the EU is not going to pay the full amount immediately, but on a system of
> phasing in over a period of 10 years. Furthermore, the levels of help
> proposed are much lower than in other EU countries, thus de-facto leading
> a sort of preferential treatment for certain member economies.
> What we can expect from the EU is something we have seen in other
> but on a larger scale; the introduction of monoculture and "efficient",
> chemical-factory based agriculture will certainly create even higher
> unemployment in rural areas and lead to ecological damage. We can expect
> younger rural generations to relocate to larger cities, creating more
> congestion and depressing wages in the job market.
> If agriculture is more easily controled by foreign investors, a smaller
> percentage of the profits will be pumped back into the local economy in
> way. Study after study has shown that small and medium-sized local
> bring up to 300% percent more benefit to local economies than large-scale,
> "efficient" foreign companies.
> In addition, EU border and trade policies will hurt economic ties with
> Poland's eastern trading partners.
> MYTH #3 Open markets will be benficial for consumers.
> EU influence in the market has already had a negative impact on local
> people. For example, several companies selling drugs similar to european
> brands were forced to discontinue this activity; the result is higher
> prices. In a telling precedent, last year a major drug manufacturer was
> that offering its drugs at lower prices in poorer countries such as
> and Greece was a violation of EU price harmonization laws and were forced
> increase levels to the same as in other countries. Entrance into the EU
> mean that we will eventually be forced to pay higher prices for
> but it does not mean that our wages will ever be increased.
> Myth #4 The EU will be good for workers
> The EU's plans for Poland have focused on reducing costs for employers and
> making the transfer of capital easier. The liberalization of the labour
> combined with further privatization of the health and pension systems will
> mean that workers actually have fewer employment guarantees and social
> benefits than before. Much of the social burden will be shifted onto the
> workers themselves, meaning that the average person will have even less
> disposable income than before.
> The government has been busy implementing the EU agenda already, even
> any referendum has taken place. It is spending a lot of money to promote
> EU but EU propaganda is rarely supported by any concrete facts or
> statistics. We recommend reading about the EU a lot more before making any
> decisions. For those of you who read English, we recommend statewatch.org
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