The European Scrutiny Committee's report (HCP 1817, ISBN 9780215043665) on the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance (SCG), states that it is impossible to enforce and there are serious concerns over the rule of law, with no concessions for the UK. The Committee also views the SCG Treaty as doing little towards solving the eurozone crisis, except providing some comfort to international markets. It is also possible that the Treaty will prove to be politically impossible to enforce. Some form of breakdown of the eurozone clearly remains possible. The approach taken to proceed with the fiscal compact raises a fundamental question about the application of the rule of law within the EU. The SCG Treaty would have been an EU treaty but for the veto. However, the EU institutions and the governments of the 25 Member States who have signed the Treaty, have embarked on a dangerous precedent in seeking to attain their political objectives irrespective of the rule of law in the EU. The Government has made clear that it has serious reservations about the legality of what has been done, but the question of what it intends to do remains unsatisfactorily unresolved. When looking at the unprecedented letter sent from Sir John Cunliffe, the UK Ambassador to the EU, to the Secretary-General of the Council on 22 February, it appears that the Government does not want to stand in the way of 25 States reinforcing the eurozone, but sees the use of the institutions outside the EU Treaties, without the consent of all 27 Member States, as unlawful, irrespective of the consequences to and the lack of concessions for the United Kingdom and the current failure to take the issue of legality further. To the Committee it therefore seems that the SCG Treaty must be deemed unlawful in the Government's view. Although questions have been raised as to what the UK achieved by the use of its veto, the Committee concludes that the veto was justified because of the very real concerns about a breach of EU law, even if this was not the reason given exclusively for the use of the veto in the first place. The Committee notes that there is an increasing tendency for the EU to propound the virtues of the rule of law but not to apply it in practice.Impact on the Eurozone and the Rule of Law , Sixty-second Report of Session 2010-12, Vol. ... In late October, euro-zone policymakers announced a comprehensive plan to try to bring an end to the euro-zone debt crisis to an end. The plan included three basic elements: a avoluntarya restructuring of Greek sovereign debt; a leveraging of the European ... Do these measures tackle the regiona#39;s problems?
|Title||:||Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: European Scrutiny Committee|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2012-04-01|