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(en) Ireland, ?Dublin, Libertarians against Nice support ATTAC picket of the referendumcommission

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Date Thu, 10 Oct 2002 13:15:57 -0400 (EDT)


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> From: "Andrew" <andy@dojo.tao.ca>  
Press Release - Oct/10/2002 - No embargo
Libertarians against Nice

Libertarians against Nice support ATTAC picket of the 
referendum commission

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The citizens' association ATTAC na hEireann will 
demonstrate today at 3pm outside the Referendum 
Commission to demand fair and balanced 
information on the privatisation consequences of 
the Nice Treaty.  Members of Libertarians 
against Nice will join them there.

Andrew Flood of LAN said

"The Referendum Commission has been refusing to 
provide information critical of the changes to 
Article 133 in the Nice referendum.  This is 
despite the fact that the changes to this 
article are central to the opposition of groups 
like ATTAC and LAN who are campaigning for a No 
vote.  We have learned that even in response to 
an individual enquiry specifically on this 
article the Referendum Commission failed to 
provide even the documents submitted to them by 
ATTAC and the Forum on Europe on this issue.

"The Nice treaty represents an important step in 
the EU's privatisation agenda. Nice will change 
Article 133 of the Treaty of Europe, so that the 
un-elected European Commission gains the power 
to impose "uniformity in measures of 
liberalisation". What this means is that they 
can order national governments to privatise 
services.

"Article 133 will also give the EU Council and 
Commission power to negotiate agreements with 
the WTO, rather then national governments. At 
the WTO summit in Seattle in 1999, the EU 
commission announced their support for a bio-
technology working party, causing 15 EU trade 
ministers to issue a joint statement of 
disagreement. If Nice passes, their 
disagreements would be irrelevant.


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More information on Article 133 at
http://struggle.ws/ireland/nice/analysis/corporate.html

Libertarians against Nice
http://more.at/stopnice


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