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Blueprints – Ukraine’s structural model

March 15, 2012

Very occasionally, somebody of importance says something that gets the attention, not only for what is said but how it is said.

In this case it is the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Mr Hryschenko who talks of house building rather than moving in and sharing a very large house.   “The EU is important for us not so much as a comfortable house we would like to move in as a manual on how to build our own comfortable house. European integration in our case is a plan for implementing European success recipes on Ukrainian soil.”

Now, having built more than my fair share of structures great and small, both in the UK and Ukraine,  there are some distinct advantages to tweaking an old design to the bespoke requirements of a client.  You know very well the flaws, expensive design errors, architect’s blunders and the limits of any materials employed.

All such points of weakness, design flaws and expense are becoming apparent in the EU in a very public and fractious way at the moment.

Both Hungarian and Slovakian publics have democratically installed leaderships that worry the powers that be in Brussels.  Throwing down the veto flag is becoming quite popular.  First the UK over financial pacts and then Poland over environmental rules so far this year.  EU candidate Iceland is trying an ex-Prime Minister for a political decision when in office and who could very well be jailed as a result.  France is continuing to raise doubts over its commitments to Schengen, the European Commission continues to try and defend the anything but transparent and democratic negotiations and signing of the ACTA agreement, Italy is run by unelected technocrats with no sign of a democratic election on the horizon, Greece has elections soon which are to be restricted to the two parties in the current coalition only, to force its continuing adherence to EU diktats over its fiscal problems.  The list goes on and on and on and on.

To be quite frank, aside from parity in laws and regulations when it comes to business and trade, the creation of an independent judiciary (or at least as independent as it can be) and taking a look at the most effective administrative systems of some Member States (rather than the EU itself which is a technocratic administrative behemoth so far removed from effective and cost efficient administration it defies belief) there are few parts of the EU blueprint that can really be said to be attractive.

Just as with construction plans, by the time the client has tinkered with them, included or excluded items in the design that fit their particular requirements, the EU house and the Ukrainian house to which Mr  Hryschenko refers may well both be houses,  but may very well be radically different when completed.

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