A Single Political Framework for U.S.-European Union by 2015?

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The Transatlantic Policy Network is a public/private group which is in the process of integrating the United States and the European Union into “a single political framework by early the next century.”  See TPN, scroll down to Nov. 1995, Toward Transatlantic Partnership.

On April 30, 2007, George Bush, along with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, President of the EU, and Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, signed “a new transatlantic economic partnership at a summit in Washington.” It would “boost trade and investment by harmonising regulatory standards, laying the basis for a single US-EU market.” It sets up a framework for advancing deep EU-US integration. (Photo: Bush and Merkel sign integration agreement.)

This includes an “Open Skies” agreement that was supposed to take place on 30 March 2008 and will allow EU carriers to fly anywhere in the US and vice versa.”

The EU was also hoping that the US would “agree to withdraw its visa requirement for travelers from a number of EU states.” That is currently being implemented by Secretary Rice of the U.S. State Department. (It’s good for business, you know. Also, twenty million Muslims live in the EU and many are citizens.)

“The EU hopes to go further and create an “Open Aviation Area” between the two sides “in which investment can flow freely and in which European and US airlines can provide air services without any restriction.” (EU statement, BBC)

Just so you know, it’s all about transnational corporations. It has nothing to do with improving the situation for workers. The agreement Bush signed is called:

“The Framework for Advancing Transatlantic Economic Integration Between the United States of America and the European Union.”

The driving force behind the transatlantic partnership is the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN), a group consisting of corporations, business organizations, academics and government legislators and officials. (These are lawmakers from Europe and America. Click to see the list of American senators and representatives whose loyalties are not with our sovereign nation. In addition to Bush, Bill Clinton signed on with the transatlantic agenda early in his term of office and contributed to its success.) Photo: Senator Chuck Hagel, Transatlantic Policy Network congressional group member.)

Institutional members of the TPN include the Chamber of Commerce of the United States and the Council on Foreign Relations. No surprise.

According to a TPN document, Completing the Transatlantic Market, Feb. 2007:

“Both European and American legislators are increasingly supportive of deeper transatlantic economic ties. In 2004 and again in 2005, the European Parliament passed resolutions supporting completion of the Transatlantic Market by 2015. Furthermore, the Parliament also agreed that the transatlantic partners should update the 1995 New Transatlantic Agenda, replacing it with a ‘Transatlantic Partnership Agreement’ to be implemented from 2007. These ideas were further endorsed in reports by Elmar Brok MEP and Erika Mann MEP approved by the European Parliament in May, 2006. And in December, 2006, the U.S Senate passed a resolution calling for completion of the Transatlantic Market by 2015.

And it called for a jointly-funded, cooperatively-led study of existing barriers to transatlantic trade and investment  (American laws and regulations), including sector-by sector estimates of the costs and benefits (for corporations) of removing such obstacles and a timetable for their removal.”

To construct and run this soon-to-be closely integrated (politically) transatlantic partnership, the Transatlantic Economic Council was initiated under Section IVof the framework:

“The Transatlantic Economic Council is hereby established, to be co-chaired, on the U.S. side, by a U.S. Cabinet official in the executive Office of the President…and on the EU side by a member of the European Commission…, collaborating closely with the EU Presidency.”

Some of the Council’s duties include:

9. “Facilitate closer cooperation between the United States and European Union and our legislators (U.S Congress and EU Council and Parliament) and stakeholders (corporations).” (They will act as one body in harmonizing laws and regulations toward the integration of the U.S. and EU.)

10. “Convene a group comprised of individuals experienced in transatlantic issues (business leaders and academics) drawing in particular from the heads of existing transatlantic dialogues to provide input and guidance to the U.S.-EU Summit on priorities for pursuing transatlantic integration; and

11. “include representatives of other governmental entities as the Council determines to be appropriate.”

Under Annex 4 Investment

“In order to reduce barriers to transatlantic trade and investment…we resolve to:

B. “Engage in regular discussions of laws, policies and practices that could impact investments in the EU and the United States;

C. “Develop work to prevent, eliminate or reduce the impact from investment barriers…”(change U.S./EU laws and policies)

Legislators from the U.S. and the EU will meet and work toward harmonizing laws, regulations, standards, etc. in order to implement and run the Transatlantic Market, receiving advice from unelected experts (corporations). Movement of people and commerce between the two “areas” will be improved. There will be no barriers for business in the new U.S-EU partnership.

“With the full commitment of the European Commission and the U.S. administration, including regulatory officials, and a more active role for members of the European Parliament and the U.S. Congress, the process of creating a Transatlantic Market will be an integral step in the evolution toward an eventual Transatlantic Partnership agreement, embracing the economic, political and strategic totality of the EU-U.S. relationship.” (Click here, then May 2008 TPN Report on Completing the Transatlantic Market.)

Of course, we still have the integration of North America (SPP) to complete and John McCain says he will also work toward implementing the FTAA, the Free trade Area of the Americas, an integration of the Western Hemisphere (possible name The Americas).

The (CFR) North American Community, with a parliament and NACC in place, will be able to add members from this larger trading area of 34 nations and, a possible headquarters, if Jeb Bush gets his wish, would be in Miami. It would be the equivalent of Brussels, the “capital” of the EU.