Brussels, December 7th 2000
MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT DENOUNCE THE ACTS
We, Members of the European Parliament, denounce the violent, repressive measures ordered by the French Government and enacted by the French and Italian Police on the borders with Italy to block the arrival in Nice of thousands of workers, peaceful young demonstrators, tourists and regular travellers.
We, Members of the European Parliament, underline with alarm that such violent acts, apparently perpetrated with the tacit consent of the Commission and the Council, constitute a crass violation of the Union Treaties on the free circulation of citizens, first and foremost the arbitrarily "suspended" Schengen Treaty, nullify even those generic principles mentioned in the new Charter of Fundamental Rights and bring to light an antidemocratic strategy pursued without scruples, after the Seattle popular protests, in Prague and in other European capitals.
We, Members of the European Parliament, urge the President of the Commission Romano Prodi and the President in charge of the Council to explain fully to the European Parliament in the next plenary of Strasbourg the real motivations and all the circumstances of these outrageous episodes of intolerance and to throw light on the responsibilities – if any – of the Executive.
Lucio MANISCO, MEP
Giuseppe DI LELLO, MEP
Konstantinos ALYSSANDRAKIS, MEP
Efstratios KORAKAS, MEP