A few days ago, I was informed as everyone else by the Istkalenian media that the National Salvation Council of Istkalen was planning to introduce several reforms, which included "anti-gay laws" or "cultural restrictions"; and that severely attack not only the European Rule of Law, but also puts the primacy of the Constitution of the European Union and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in danger. If this legislation was passed, Sections II, XVIII and XIX of said Declaration would be broken by a member state of the European Union, something that cannot be tolerated.
As Premier Commissioner, I am deeply concerned about this attempt to go against the Constitution, our main rule within the Acquis Communautaire. The European Rule of Law, when it comes to Human Rights, shall be respected and protected by all members of this Union, no matter their cultures, ideologies or religious principles. Not respecting it leads the European Union to a point of no return, in which we tolerate severe breaches of our main pieces of legislation, and the Commission and I as Premier Commissioner will not allow that to happen. This Commission, despite others' comments, is not here to sit down and wait for the situation to resolve, but to act as soon as possible and always looking for consensus.
I would like to publicly applaud the decision my colleague and Commission mate Wirt Harland, the Internal Affairs Commissioner, has taken concerning this possible breach of our legislation, which was opening a discussion on the European Council. On my side, I would like to call the National Salvation Council to vote against these proposals. In addition, I would like to remind Istkalenian lawmakers that the European Commission has the needed powers to take action against any member that breaches sensible EU law, by applying the European Commission (Sanctioning Powers) Act 2021. While I hope that its application is not necessary, I have to remind member states about the consequences that a breach of our Constitution or the Universal Declaration of Human Rights may carry. I would also like to remind that my office is always open to anyone that is willing to discuss these events, and that negotiation is our main priority.
I hope this attempt fails and that Istkalen remains in the correct side when it comes to European law.
"I'd like to think that Winston's retired," said Tilkanas, laughing. "He must be very tired, after all his campaigning; he deserves his rest. Though it was rude that he didn't even write you a letter!"
"I look forwards to your amendment. I think there's no more to discuss, but thank you for having me; it was a pleasure to speak to you, too. You have been an excellent Premier, and I hope only the best for you in the new year."
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSIONOFFICE OF THE PREMIER COMMISSIONER
To: Governments of the member-states of the European Union Subject: The situation in the European Council and the issue of maritime boundaries
The Office of the Premier Commissioner expresses concern on the tone of the discussions in the European Council and call for all parties involved in the issues relevant to be rational and remain pacific. It is no doubt that the parties primarily involved in the issue and other attached issues are major members of the European Union, and believe that it is necessary to ensure that this must be resolved with the most peaceful way possible. Our office believes that member-states must provide mutual respect for each others' interests and remain fair in their intents, for this will be the only way that our union will remain strong with peace. To this, we ask that member-states avoid threatening or using any force to achieve their national interests and resort to diplomatic means as much as possible. Destruction will not solve the problems we face, it will only make our problems worse. And to be clear, life is more important than national pride or interests. I hope that my message is clear, and that peace will remain above all for the resolution of any issue we face. Thank you.
Sir Joseph William Amberton Biden Sr. GCVO
Premier Commissioner, The European Commission
Farewell address by the Premier Commissioner Sofie Čikarová
Dearest friends, brothers and sisters, Europeans, I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support you have given me during my two terms as the Premier Commissioner. Eight months ago I was elected for the first time, as a loyal pupil of the Architect of Socialism, the President for Life of my home country, with the goal to build foundations for a different, more just Europe and I am happy to say much has been achieved in this regard. The European Development Agency was established, a new budget was passed, legislation ensuring basic rights of the workers was adopted, sovereignty of all nations was finally respected, contributing to peaceful conclusions of conflicts. But the changes we accomplished couldn't have never been done without your support.
I would like to use this opportunity to wish the new Commissioners good luck in performing their duties. I hope that they will recognize the importance of the laid foundations, and that they won't attempt to uproot them, but will instead continue building upon them for the benefit of the people. My thanks as always goes to those who keep their interest in the European affairs and went to vote, if they had the opportunity to do so.
For the future Commissioners, I hope they realize that much thought will have to be given to future budget, past experiences have shown us that perhaps the time is right to increase the spending, provided it is wisely used. Despite the fact that the corporate Councillors have attempted to sabotage possible changes to the future budgets by lowering the member states contributions during my term I urge all the future Commissioners to be bold in fulfilling their duties, not back down to pressure and carefully consider the future of Europe when drawing up a new budget.
As I said earlier I don't intend to run for a position within a Commission in the future, I believe that new people deserve the opportunity to continue working towards a just Europe upon the foundations we have laid. I am looking forward to meeting with you and listening to you, as I have done during my campaigns, but this time not as a candidate, not as a Premier Commissioner, but as your friend.
Despite the end of my second term we must strive maintain the incredible unity you have shown during the last eight months, because the fight continues.
12th May 2021
RE: Failure of Istkalen Sanction Motion
Another attempt at a peaceful isolation of a rogue regime in the heart of Europe has failed. By one vote, Councillors decided to let the terror emerging from Istkalen roam free. Representatives of our nations and peoples, whose role in the entire Sanctions process resulted from a major concession on the side of the Sanction Act's sponsors, frustrated its progress for the second time.
Although it is not my responsibility that region-wide sanctions against Istkalen now remain a distant, faint imagination, as Premier Commissioner I must, however, take said responsibility. It is with this in mind that I am announcing today that I will not be standing for re-election to a second term in this office. It has become clear to me that the basis on which the peoples of this Union elected me to this high office, a tough stance against rogue states, is not shared by the political establishment in Europolis. I cannot, in good faith, continue to operate under such circumstances.
The start of my Premiership was, in my opinion, an era of hope. The Sanctioning Act was passed and amended with liberal majorities - a comprehensive process marked by checks and balances from both main European bodies, the Commission and Council, was established. A time of opportunity for this Union beckoned, a time when reasonable, democratic, rule-of-law nations could make a joint fist against destabilising rogue regimes.
Yet, in the first attempt at making such a fist, against the USNR, the Council frustrated the legal process with slanderous and disgraceful fillibuster and introduction of nonce amendments. Conduct which sends a message of carelessness and elitism to the peoples of this Union. While they worry about the impact of a terrorist regime taking over a nuclear-armed state, politicians in Europolis thought it wise to submit 70+ amendments changing single words to a serious Sanction Motion.
Now, Councillors are debating ways in which this same hostile regime can make a re-entry into the European family of nations, an abhorrent, disgusting move which every democratically-minded Councillor should object to no matter what. This move reinforces my belief that I cannot, in good faith, continue to function as your Premier after my turn ends. I hope I can continue to support and lead you in another capacity, as my one true love remains the care for the peoples of Europe. Thank you."
I thank representatives from Inimicus, Ruthund, the United Duchies, Fremet, and Nofoaga for their Sanction Requests. I hereby inform you that the required number of Sanction Requests under the European Commission (Sanctioning Powers) Act 2021 has been met, and consequently the Commission will deliberate on appropriate sanctions packages against Istkalen, before proposing said package to the European Council.
Whiteford opens Council discussion about the representation of nations in Europolis
It has been nearly 4 years since the flagship legislation of Whiteford's first tenure in office was passed. Now, Whiteford is looking for new legislation to define her 3rd (non-consecutive) tenure as Premier Commissioner by looking towards Council and European Assembly reform. Whiteford is in favour of reforms that:
Expand political representation in the Council
Get heads of government and/or state of nations more involved in the European Union's management
Make all parts of the European Union more democratic
Break moulds and change the existing system if that will benefit the EU
Whiteford is planning to work with colleagues to make a bill that will achieve all or some of these goals, through private and Council discussions.