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Against the nomination of Tony Blair as "President of the European Union"

Petition published by European Tribune on Feb 04, 2008
45333 Signatures 
Target: The Council of the European Union
Region: GLOBAL

Petition Background (Preamble):

Petition [EN]: We, European citizens of all origins and of all political persuasions, wish to express our total opposition to the nomination of Tony Blair to the Presidency of the European Council. To sign the petition, please go to the bottom of this page.

Petition [DE]: Wir, europäische Bürger jeglicher Herkunft und aller politischer Überzeugungen, möchten unseren entschiedenen Widerstand gegen die Nominierung von Tony Blair zum Präsidenten des Europäischen Rates zum Ausdruck bringen.

Pétition [FR]: Nous, citoyens européens de toutes origines et de toutes tendances souhaitons exprimer notre totale opposition à la nomination de Tony Blair à la présidence du Conseil de l'Union Européenne. Pour signer la pétition, aller au bas de cette page.

Petizione [IT]: Noi, cittadini europei di ogni origine e appartenenza politica, desideriamo esprimere la nostra totale opposizione alla candidatura di Tony Blair alla presidenza dell'Unione europea.

Petición [ES]: Los firmantes, ciudadanos europeos de todo origen y orientación política, deseamos expresar nuestra total oposición a la nominación de Tony Blair como Presidente del Consejo Europeo.

Petycja [PL]: My, obywatele europejscy wszelkiego pochodzenia i wszelkich przekonań politycznych, pragniemy wyrazić nasz zupełny sprzeciw wobec nominacji Tony'ego Blaira na Przewodniczącego Rady Europejskiej.

Petiţie [RO]: Noi, cetăţeni europeni de toate originile şi de toate orientările politice, dorim să ne exprimăm totala noastră opoziţie la nominalizarea lui Tony Blair la preşedenţia Uniunii Europene.

Petitie [NL]: Wij, Europese burgers van alle komaf en alle politieke overtuigingen willen onze complete tegenstand uitspreken tegen de nominatie van Tony Blair voor het voorzitterschap van de Europese Raad.

Ψήφισμα [EL]: Όλοι εμείς, Ευρωπαίοι πολίτες κάθε προέλευσης και πολιτικών πεποιθήσεων, επιθυμούμε να εκφράσουμε την πλήρη μας αντίθεση στην υποψηφιότητα του Τόνυ Μπλαιρ για την Προεδρία του Συμβουλίου της ΕΕ.

Petíció [HU]: Mi, különféle származású és politikai meggyőződésű európai polgárok, ezúton szeretnénk kifejezni, hogy teljes mértékben elutasítjuk Tony Blair jelölését az Európai Tanács elnöki tisztére!

Petice[CZ]: My, občané EU jakéhokoli původu a politického přesvědčení bychom rádi vyjádřili naši totální opozici vůči nominaci Tonyho Blaira na prezidenta Evropské rady.

Petição [PT]: Nós, cidadãos europeus de todas as origens e inclinações políticas, desejamos expressar a nossa oposiçao total à nomeação de Tony Blair para a Presidência do Conselho da União Europeia.

Namninsamling [SV]: Vi undertecknade, europeiska medborgare av alla härkomster och politiska övertygelser, önskar uttrycka vårt fullständiga motstånd mot nomineringen av Tony Blair som Europeiska rådets ordförande.

Underskriftindsamling [DA]: Vi, de undertegnede europæiske borgere, ønsker uafhængigt af vor oprindelse og politiske tilknytning i øvrigt at udtrykke vor udelte modstand imod nomineringen af Tony Blair til posten som formand for det Europæiske Råd.

Petícia [SK]: My, občania EÚ akéhokoľvek pôvodu a politického presvedčenia si prajeme vyjadriť našu totálnu opozíciu voči nomináciiTonyho Blaira za prezidenta Európskej rady.

Peticija [LT]: Mes, visų kilmių ir politinių pažiūrų Europos piliečiai, norime išreikšti savo visišką priešiškumą Tony Blair'o iškėlimui į Europos Vadovų Tarybos Pirmininkavimą.

Achainí [GA]: Teastaíonn uainne, saoránaigh Eorpacha de gach cineál agus de gach creideamh polaitíochta, a rá go bhfuilimid glan in aghaidh ainmniú Tony Blair mar Uachtarán ar an gComhairle Eorpach.

Петиция [RU]: Мы, европейцы с различным гражданством и политическими убеждениями, заявляем о своём решительном несогласии с выдвижением Тони Блэра на пост Президента Совета Европейского Союза.

Petició [CA]: Nosaltres, ciutadans europeus de diferents orígens i tendències polítiques, volem expressar la nostra total oposició a la nominació de Tony Blair a la presidència del Consell Europeu.

Eskaera [EU]: Guk, jatorri eta joera politiko orotariko Europako hiritar garenok, adierazi nahi dugu Tony Blair Europar Kontseiluaren Lehendakari izendatzearen aurka gaudela zeharo.

Athchuinge [GD]: Tha sinne, cathairichean Eòrpach de gach gnè agus de gach creideamh poilitigeach, airson dearbhadh gu bheil sinn gu tur an aghaidh ainmeachadh Tònaidh Blair mar Cheann-suidhe na Comhairle Eòrpaich.

Petskribo [EO]: Ni, eŭropaj civitanoj de ĉiaj originoj kaj ĉiaj politikaj opinioj, volas esprimi nian plenan kontraŭstaron al la nomumo de Tony Blair por prezidanteco de la Eŭropa Konsilio.

Petition:

We, European citizens of all origins and of all political persuasions, wish to express our total opposition to the nomination of Tony Blair to the Presidency of the European Council.

The Treaty of Lisbon provides for the new post of President of the European Council, to be elected by the Council for a mandate, renewable once only, of two and a half years. Under the terms of the Treaty: "The President of the European Council shall chair it and drive forward its work" and "shall ensure the preparation and continuity of the work of the European Council". Further, "The President of the European Council shall, at his level and in that capacity, ensure the external representation of the Union on issues concerning its common foreign and security policy".

The future President of the European Council will therefore have a key role in determining the policies of the European Union and its relations with the rest of the world. This first Council Presidency will also have a major symbolic weight for both citizens of the European Union and for the image of the Union in the rest of the world. In this perspective, we believe it is essential that the first president embodies the spirit and values of the European project.

For some time now, increasingly insistent news reports have made evident a wish, in some quarters, to see Tony Blair appointed the first President of the European Council. This appointment, were it to take place, would be in total contradiction with the values professed by the European project.

In violation of international law, Tony Blair committed his country to a war in Iraq that a large majority of European citizens opposed. This war has claimed hundreds of thousands of victims and displaced millions of refugees. It has been a major factor in today's profound destabilisation of the Middle East, and has weakened world security. In order to lead his country into war, Mr Blair made systematic use of fabricated evidence and the manipulation of information. His role in the Iraq war would weigh heavily on the image of the Union in the world, should he in fact be named its president.

The steps taken by Tony Blair's government, and his complicity with the Bush administration in the illegal programme of "extraordinary renditions", have led to an unprecedented decline in civil liberties. This is in contradiction with the terms of the European Convention of Human Rights, which is an integral part of the treaty.

The European Charter of Fundamental Rights formalises the founding values of the European project and is one of the pillars of the new treaty. Tony Blair fought its inclusion in the Treaty of Lisbon, and eventually managed to secure an exemption for the UK.

Rather than move European integration forward, the former British Prime Minister set a series of so-called red lines during the Lisbon negotiations, with the intent of blocking any progress in social issues and tax harmonisation, as well as common defence and foreign policy.

Furthermore, it seems unthinkable that the first President of the European Council should be the former head of a government that kept its country out of two key elements of the construction of Europe: the Schengen area of free movement of people and the Euro zone.

At a time when one of the priorities of the European institutions is to reconnect with its citizens, we believe it is essential that the President of the European Council should be a person with whom a majority of citizens can identify, rather than one rejected by a majority. Therefore, we declare our total opposition to this nomination.

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