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Mr Dalli, Animal Torture, Frankenstein Food and the Lobby


What are we to make of Mr Dalli's hasty resignation?
(Here is the coverage of the Times of Malta.)

For obvious legal reasons, the court of law that tries his case will be obliged to begin with the presumption of his complete innocence, and SID would have it no other way. The OLAF report on his case will remain confidential until a verdict has been reached.

On the other hand, SID has a constitutional right to report facts from the public domain and to express its critical views. Because it is a trade union and not a court, there is no clash of rights.

It would seem that Mr Barroso had Mr Dalli's resignation published within a few hours of receiving the OLAF report, which apparently contained evidence showing that the Commissioner had some knowledge of the lobbyist's approach to Swedish Match. It is highly improbable that the company would risk its very existence by deliberately filing a false report with OLAF. The anti-fraud agency, in turn, has shown a strong preference for prosecuting white collar crime in the private sector, especially cigarette smuggling. It is all too human to investigate strangers rather than one's own colleagues. Taking these considerations together, we conclude that behind this cloud of smoke engulfing the ex-commissioner there is probably more than just a burning Swedish match and an over confident lobbyist.

There are those among our Maltese colleagues who expressed the view that something like this was bound to happen, sooner or later.

Note that the Article on John Dalli in German Wikipedia contains far more information than in the English language version;
"In seinen ersten Amtshandlungen als EU-Kommisar zeigte sich Dalli im März 2010 als ausgesprochener Befürworter der Gentechnik in der Nahrungsmittelproduktion. Damit lag er im Widerspruch zu Deutschlands Verbraucherministerin Ilse Aigner, die verhindern will, dass die bisherigen strengen Regeln gelockert werden. Nach Dalli sollte der zur Zeit verbotene Import gentechnisch veränderter Lebensmittel in die Europäische Union künftig erlaubt werden.
Im Mai 2010 setzte sich Dalli für die Zulassung von aus Schweineblut gewonnenem Thrombin, mit dem kleine Fleischteile zu größeren zusammengeklebt werden könnten, zur Fleischproduktion ein, da dies gesundheitlich unbedenklich sei. Sein Vorstoß wurde jedoch vom Europaparlament blockiert.
Im Oktober 2010 setzte sich Dalli unter anderem für eine europäische Tabakproduktrichtlinie ein, um die Nikotinabhängigkeit in der Europäischen Union zu verringern.
Im Juni 2012 sprach sich Dalli als EU-Verbraucherschutzminister für die Zulassung des hoch umstrittenen „Roundup Ready“-Soja-Saatgutes? von Monsanto aus, obwohl das damit verspritzte Pflanzengift Glyphosat bereits im Verdacht steht, das Erbgut zu schädigen und zu Missbildungen zu führen. Die Zulassung würde auch gegen EU-Recht verstoßen, da die Rückstände des Spritzmittels bei der Risikobewertung des Saatgutes nicht berücksichtigt worden sind.
Ebenfalls im Juni 2012 geriet Dalli, auch für den EU-Tierschutz verantwortlich, in Konflikt mit den Initiatoren der EU-weiten Tierschutzkampagne 8hours. Die vom dänischen EU-Parlamentarier Dan Jørgensen initiierte Kampagne sammelte bis Anfang 2012 EU-weit über 1,1 Million Unterschriften zur Begrenzung der Transportzeiten von Nutztieren auf maximal 8 Stunden. Zeitgleich unterschrieben 395 EU-Parlamentarier und damit die Mehrheit der EU-Parlamentarier die entsprechende schriftliche Erklärung 49/2011. Bei der Überreichung der Unterschriftenliste durch die Vertreter europäischer Tierschutzorganisationen und EU-Parlamentarier am 7. Juni 2012 versprach Dalli für das Jahr 2014 eine neue EU-Gesetzesvorlage zum Schutz der Tiere auf Transporten. Obwohl seine Äußerungen von einer Kamera aufgezeichnet wurden, distanzierte sich Dalli kurze Zeit später komplett von seinen Aussagen. Aus diesem Grund hielten die 8hours-Initiatoren am 28. September 2012 in Dallis Heimatland Malta eine große Tierschutzkonferenz ab.
Im September 2012 versuchte Dalli in Malta gegen Diffamierungen seiner Person in Online-Blogs? anzugehen. Als Hintergrund für die Diffamierungen vermutete Dalli seine mögliche Kandidatur als Parteiführer der maltesischen Nationalist Party.
Nach Ermittlungen des Europäischen Amtes für Betrugsbekämpfung (OLAF) trat Dalli am 16. Oktober 2012 als Kommissar für Gesundheit und Verbraucherschutz zurück. Den Ermittlungen vorausgegangen war eine Beschwerde des schwedischen Tabakherstellers Swedish Match. Ein maltesischer Unternehmer soll dem Unternehmen angeboten haben, für Geld Kontakte zu Dalli herzustellen, um damit die EU-Tabakgesetzgebung zu beeinflussen. Dalli wies alle Vorwürfe zurück."

To summarise; Mr Dalli proposed to legalise the meat additive Thrombin which is derived from the blood of pigs. Fortunately, Parliament blocked that disgusting proposal. When presented with 1.1 million signatures demanding an upper limit of eight hours on the transport time of animals, he voiced his support on camera. A very short time later, he decided to continue to back torture for profit and retracted his public promises. Those among us who believe that animals have their rights rejoice to see his back.

He was a consistent and ardent supporter of Frankenstein food from the beginning. The scientific controversy over GM technology will continue as long as mega corporations finance research with convenient results and is beyond the present scope. It is of no interest, whether or not Mr Dalli ever received compensation from Monsanto etc. He was well aware that the European Union suffers from a food surplus which imposes a heavy burden on the taxpayer. Boosting food overproduction was a deliberate attack on Europe. Note; most of the corporations that profit from unethical genetic patents are located outside our Union, so that EU business would lose. With leaders like Mr Dalli, Europe needs no enemies.

Worst; he knew full well that the vast majority of Europeans reject Frankenstein food. A democratic leader would have worked to convince them, waited until he had won a majority for his favourite technology, and only then proceeded to legalize GM food. Mr Dalli put the GM lobby ahead of us, the people of European Union, and with that he has condemned himself more than any court can.

Legislating and administering a market of half a billion people requires lots of expertise. It is difficult and risky for a European politician to maintain a decent distance from the lobby that offers to write Regulations and Directives for him/her, to back them up with well-paid scientific studies, to influence the media on his/her behalf. NGOs (including SID) work to counter this pernicious influence of the plutocrats' professional representatives. For the time being, European democracy has not yet been hollowed out like a Halloween pumpkin.

The "Reform" of the Staff Regulations will reduce the employee's benefits by a whopping 26.5% when all the cuts are monetized and added up. "Thanks" to skyrocketing unemployment in austerity-hit countries the qualifications of the average new official are likely to rise, nevertheless. Soon we will have multilingual PhD's working for 30.000 EURO/annum. Isn't induced recession wonderful? (At least for the wealthiest 2%.)

But, the proposal to drop 5% of the posts in the EU civil service opens the door for 5%+ more corporate lobbying, the last thing Europe needs. Every public service post saved helps to stabilize democracy. Perhaps those European jobs should be transferred to OLAF, which has much useful work to do.



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