Amendment 5 underscores the proactive promotion of gender equality rather than mere tolerance. Amendment 21 asserts that EU institutions must ensure employment opportunities for individuals not confined by traditional gender identifications, ensuring both legal protection and participation in governing EU states for a broad spectrum of gender identifications.
Furthermore, there's a directive (amendments 152, 158-161) to consider gender inclusivity in recruitment across all working environments, including private companies and services.
Amendment 97 introduces a novel facet to European Union activities by not only addressing gender-based discrimination but also extending protection against discrimination on political views. This marks a significant shift, protecting not only individuals with non-conforming gender identities but also shielding diverse political perspectives. However, the implementation might favor protecting left-wing views, potentially overlooking safeguarding dissenting opinions regarding gender ideology.
The amendments regarding Europol (No 22) have sparked considerable attention. While some MEPs advocate for an EU equivalent to the FBI, a peculiar facet emerges wherein Europol is mandated to combat gender-based violence, extending its scope beyond counterterrorism and organised crime to include unspecified gender-related offenses. The concern here lies in the potential classification of political dissent against gender activism as 'hate speech,' which could be encompassed within the ambit of 'violence.' However, much will hinge on specific cases and the interpretation of laws by enforcement agencies. Notably, it will also become mandatory for Europol to hire representatives from the LGBT community.
Crucially, other amendments grant Europol the authority to conduct operations and make arrests within any European country without the requisite consent from local authorities, a significant divergence from the current requirement. Simultaneously, there's a call for bolstering the European Public Prosecutor's office, empowering a Europol officer, bearing an EU-wide mandate, to apprehend any citizen without the need for local government consent, establishing Europol as a supra-national institution.
Amendment 5 indicates that gender equality is to be promoted, not tolerated. Amendment 21 states that the EU institutions must guarantee employment to persons whose identification does not fall within the gender divide, which in turn guarantees not only legal protection, but also participation in the governance of EU states to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, non-binary, genderless, agender and “two-spirit” persons…
The order to take the gender key into account during recruitment will also apply in any working environment, i.e. in private companies and in the services (amendments 152, 158-161).
Puzzling is amendment number 97, which states that all European Union activities are to combat not only discrimination against any gender, but also discrimination against political views, which has not been the case so far. This could be seen as an inconsistency when political views contrary to gender ideology would be protected. Arguably, however, the idea is to protect no longer only people who identify differently than biology indicates, but also any left-wing views. It is unlikely that the genderist-controlled Court of Justice of the European Union (see Amendment 21) would care about discriminating against, for example, right-wing views.
Among the most bizarre amendments are those concerning the European police force, Europol (No 22). MEP Domènec Ruiz Devesa, who has already been quoted, said that the EU needs something like the FBI. Only, according to amendment 121, Europol will be in charge of combating ... gender-based violence.
Today, Europol prosecutes terrorists and international criminal groups involved in the trafficking of human beings, arms and drugs, the sexual exploitation of women and children and money laundering. Unspecified gender-based violence has just been added to this list.
Political views that are at odds with gender ideology may be considered 'hate speech' and subsumed under the concept of violence. Certainly, much will depend on the specific case or the interpretation of the law by specific officers. It is worth recalling here that it will also be mandatory for Europol to employ representatives of the gender community.
Key, however, are further amendments that allow Europol to conduct an operation (and thus also arrests) on the territory of any European country without the consent (today required) of the local police and government. The strengthening of the office of the European Public Prosecutor is also called for. In other words, an officer from any country wearing a Europol uniform, without the consent of the national police, will be able to arrest a citizen of any country, and the local government will not be able to do anything, because Europol will be an overarching institution.
Common EU-wide standards on the rule of law and democracy are anticipated to be incorporated into the educational curricula of schools and universities. In the context of the other amendments promoting gender inclusivity, it's expected that this ideology will predominantly influence the realm of education.
Despite claims that the proposed changes entail the establishment of a European state, Domènec Ruiz Devesa refutes this, attributing Poland's resistance to federalisation to a lack of comprehension regarding the founding principles and purpose of the European Union. The President of the Union of European Federalists firmly believes that the essence of community membership lies in the shared sovereignty.
Referring back to the Ventotene Manifesto, a driving force behind the ongoing EU law reform, the manifesto emphasises the necessity to establish conditions conducive to a life of liberty and freedom within a revolutionary regime. It concludes optimistically, urging the pursuit of the challenging yet necessary path toward a better future.
At the end of this text, I have added links to the Ventotene Manifesto and the report detailing amendments to the EU Treaties are provided, encouraging individuals to form their independent opinions. The report was voted on in the European Parliament's Constitutional Committee on the 25th of October 2023, signifying an advancing procedure to amend the treaties. The potential outcome of this legislative journey could result in a new European Union, presenting benefits to some while being detrimental to others.
Although the legislative procedure to amend the treaties might encounter various hurdles, the finalisation of this process could pave the way for the establishment of a European superstate. Notably, a similar endeavor to reform the European Union in the early 21st century was rejected by the French in a referendum. However, changes in legislation seem to be orchestrated to bypass any future referendums concerning such matters.
It is speculated that the revolutionary vision inspired by Altiero Spinelli might encounter resistance, potentially from within the Left, recognizing the shifting sentiments in Europe and the upcoming Euro-elections that could potentially see right-wing politicians gaining prominence in Brussels. This change might transform the Europe of gender equality aspirations into a nightmarish scenario for the Left. The identity gracing the entrance to the European Parliament might no longer be that of Altiero Spinelli but could potentially represent contrasting ideologies, signifying a paradigm shift in the European political landscape.
Common EU-wide standards on the rule of law and democracy will appear in schools and universities. In the context of the other amendments on the protection and promotion of genderism, there is no doubt that this will also be the prevailing ideology in the field of education.
There are claims that the planned changes mean the creation of a European state. Domènec Ruiz Devesa denies this, but in his view, the Poles' reluctance to federalise stems from a lack of knowledge of what the European Union is and why it was founded. The president of the Union of European Federalists is convinced that the point of membership of the community is to share sovereignty.
Let us return to the source – the Ventotene Manifesto, which inspired the reform of EU law under discussion:
“There are no grounds for fearing that a similar revolutionary regime will develop into renewed despotism. This may develop if a servile society has been formed. But if the revolutionary party continues with determination from its very first action to create the conditions necessary for individual freedom, conditions under which all citizens can really participate in the life of the state, it will evolve towards increasing comprehension of the new order, even though moving through eventual and secondary political crises, and acceptance of it by the population. It will be growing, therefore, in the direction of increasing possibility of functioning, and of free political institutions.”
The manifesto concludes with the words: "The road to pursue is neither easy nor certain. But it must be followed and it will be!"
At the end of this text, I include links to the Ventotene Manifesto and to the report with the amendments to the EU Treaties, so that everyone can form their own opinion. On the 25 of October 2023, the report was voted in the European Parliament's Constitutional Committee, which means that the procedure to amend the treaties is gaining momentum. At the end of the legislative path is a new European Union, better for some, worse for others.
At present, the legislative procedure to amend the treaties may be stalled at various stages, but if it comes to an end, nothing will stop the process of creating a superstate. In the first decade of the 21st century, a similar attempt to reform the European Union was rejected by the French in a referendum. Conservative Polish MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, however, noted in an interview that the law had been changed so as not to trouble the French any more about taking part in a referendum.
Maybe the Altiero Spinelli-inspired revolution will be stopped by the Left itself, when it realises that the changing mood in Europe (and the upcoming Euro-elections) may lead to a situation in which right-wing rather than left-wing politicians will be the players in Brussels in the future.
For in this new arrangement, the Europe of increased gender rights could turn into their nightmare, and the name above the entrance to the European Parliament might not be Altiero Spinelli, but, say, Gilbert Chesterton, or, horror of horrors, the cross…
– Arkadiusz Jarzecki
TVP WEEKLY. Editorial team and jornalists
– Translated by Roberto Galea