The European Union as the Champion of Democracy and Inclusiveness

Sloganeering at its best

Today’s post may be off topic as it doesn’t discuss adventure sailing and tropical locales, but it does concern a matter of general interest.

The EU is so very proud of being a supranational political entity that religiously respects the principle of inclusiveness. Included are the marginalized and the mainstreamers, the underachievers and over-performers, the downtrodden and the overprivileged, the criminally insane and the religiously zealous, the LGBT and the BCBG. Or so it seems.

But let’s take a closer look at inclusiveness on the ground.

Let’s take say a concrete example of a permanent official of the European Commission. Article 2(2)(b) of EU Staff Regulations specifically stipulates that a civil servant of the EU must fulfill the criterion of having – and I quote – “heritable interests constituted by immovable property in the form of buildings” in order to benefit from Staff Regulations when retiring.

This only excludes the nomadic peoples of Europe, the riverboat dwellers of Amsterdam, the squatters of Copenhagen, the troglodytes of Crete and the Canary Islands and one Captain Marjan Golobic, making his home on his luxury yacht in French Polynesia, all god-fearing citizens of the EU in good standing. Talk about inclusiveness!

Holly shit.

(to be continued)

2 thoughts on “The European Union as the Champion of Democracy and Inclusiveness

  1. Marjan,
    Try as I might, I have been unable to find your quote of Article 2(2)(b) of Staff Regulations stating that officials must own property to enjoy rights.
    Article 2 reads as follows:
    “Article 2 (69) (73) (96)
    1. Each institution shall determine who within it shall exercise the powers conferred by these Staff Regulations on the appointing authority.
    2. However, one or more institutions may entrust to any one of them or to an inter-institutional body the exercise of some or all of the powers conferred on the Appointing Authority, other than decisions relating to appointments, promotions or transfers of officials.”

    Perhaps you were referring to some other Article unrelated to Staff Regulations.

    Thanks for the Christmas wishes.



    1. You don’t get it. I made up the article. It is a matter of principle. How do you justify the fact that the EU champions inclusiveness, equality and nondiscrimination on the one hand and denies them to its retirees who do not reside in a dwelling made of bricks on the other hand. I thought I made this quite clear. I can email you the decision I received from the Commission.


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