Corruption and unacceptable behaviour inside the EU – should it be ignored it or just hope that it will go away?

Finland, and the other Nordic countries, are places where people believe in the rule of law and expect that folk should follow laws and rules without being told twice.  

Under Juncker’s watch we continue to see plenty of unacceptable things happening in a few EU member states where the rule of law is being trampled on by their leaders and where widely held European democratic values are being shoved aside. 

Poland and Hungary, the 2 countries whose leaders are behaving in these shameful ways, are receiving EU grants each year totalling more than €12 billion (€12 000 000 000). This money is collected from taxpayers in a few rich countries including Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.

The reaction from the EU leadership and from the EU Parliament appears to be no more than a slap on the wrist. This is not acceptable because all member states have signed up to the EU Treaty that states in summary:

The EU is “founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities”… 

and, the member states share:

“a society in which pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail”.

This is not the case now in Hungary or Poland, furthermore, the EU has seen fraud and the misuse of funds in several other EU member states and appears to tolerate this misdemeanours. This is also unacceptable.

The Nordic countries must do more to make sure that their voice is heard in the above cases and that action is taken. The sums of money involved are conditional that the rules are obeyed, nothing less.

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