4. september 2009

Why the EU-membership question will not be raised in Norway at this time

John Worth is hosting a highly recommended EU-blog. Based on the internal note written by Norwegian Ambassador to the EU, Oda Helen Sletnes, (now open on the ministries homepages) John has blogged about what he sees as: The 3 crucial ingredients for the accession of Norway to the EU

John, here is the secret ingredient you forgot to mention. The “non-written binding understanding” between the parties and the voters that the question of Norway joining the EU or not, is to be left to the people to decide in a referendum. The Parliament will thereafter execute the will of the people.

Even though a referendum has no place in the Norwegian constitution, we have held two referendums on the subject earlier and through this the “non-written binding understanding” between the parties and the voters has been established. As of now, the people have been saying NO in the polls for more than four consecutive years. Because of this I do not think the EU-membership question should be, or will be, a major topic in the last two weeks of debates leading up to the general elections on November 14th.

This does not mean that I do not think that european and EU questions should be on the agenda for the forthcoming elections. On the contrary, these issues should, and must, be part of the core of everyday political debate in Norway. Many of the challenges we face, whether it is climate change, transport or who’s controlling the Internet the European and global focus has to be brought into the debate. What is EU doing on the subject, what is the US position and where is China going are relevant questions when deciding on a Norwegian policy on all this, and many other, questions.

I have earlier debated this with the leader of the Brussel branch of Europabevegelsen (the Norwegian European Movement), Finn Myrstad. His post about this can be found here and my comment is here

1 kommentar:

Even sa...

Sukk.

Det er liten tvil om at Norge har avgitt suverenitet med EØS-avtalen.

4400 av 44000 rettsakter vedtatt i EU i perioden 1997-2007 er innarbeidet i norsk lov.

Ble EØS-avtalen lagt ut til folkeavstemming? Ble det krevd 3/4 flertall i Stortinget da det ble votert om EØS-avtalen?

Nei.

Det norske folk ble lurt.

Selvsagt burde EU og EØS vært høyt på dagsorden (også) i årets valg. Norge bør ha en handelsavtale med EU i stedet for dagens EØS-avtale. Stortingets makt ift dette spørsmålet, som er mer aktuelt enn ny EU-søknad, gjør Eriks argument lite relevant.

AP og FrP er partiene som tjener på at disse sakene ikke er fokusert. Derfor argumenterer Erik som han gjør.

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