European Parliament bounced into third vote - what place democracy in the EU?

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The Parliament has already passed a resolution opposing the agreement on the exchange of passenger data with the US (31.3.04) and voted to go to the European Court of Justice for an opinion on the legality of the Treaty (21.4.04). Fearing an ECJ ruling against the Treaty, the Council (member states) has simply demanded the that EP vote again this time on the international agreement with the USA, invoking an "urgency procedure" in an attempt to overturn a majority of just 16 in favour of legal action. MEPs will now come under tremendous pressure in advance of the vote on Tuesday morning (4 May 2004). "How many times will we vote? Until we give the right answer?", they ask. Tuesday's vote will also include unelected MEPs from new EU countries raising fears that inexperienced and unaccountable parliamentarians will bow to government pressure. See report from For full-background, see Statewatch Obervatory.

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