Could this EU ruling halt the romp of the extremist group UKIP in England?
Whilst the UK government dismembers itself piece by piece through fear of UKIP and its hatred of Migrants, the German
government has wisely chosen to ‘test’ EU regulations on the subject of ‘Welfare Tourism’ lawfully and won the day!
Whilst Cameron made a fool of himself, his country and one-time supporters like this writer by frothing at the
mouth in Brussels, the Germans quietly and legally got the job done.
On Tuesday 12th November 2014, the EU’s top court ruled that EU Member States do not have to pay welfare to EU citizens coming
to another EU country for the sole purpose of claiming benefits.
In summing up the European Court of Justice said “An EU citizen going to another member state could only expect to receive social welfare benefits if
his or her stay complied with the conditions of the EU directive on free movement.”
The court enlarged by further stating: -
"The directive thus seeks to prevent economically inactive EU citizens
from using the host member state's welfare system to fund their means of subsistence."
Accordingly, an EU member state would not be obliged to pay social welfare to "economically inactive EU citizens who exercise their right
to freedom of movement solely in order to obtain another member state’s social assistance."
In its ruling on a case brought by Germany, the ECJ said it was the national
authorities who decide the payment of non-contributory social benefits that is those for which the recipient has not made any contribution via taxes.
As such, they were
implementing national laws and not EU legislation, it added.
As a resident of Spain for over 10 years I can vouch for the fact that the Spanish government have also been onto this for a long time by ensuring that immigrants from both inside
and outside of the EU have to demonstrate their financial capability to live without state assistance up to and including Health Care. I support this view fully since neither I, as a pensioner nor my dependant family have ever contributed to the Spanish Welfare
System. I do however pay income tax to the Spanish Government on my pension income and the Health Care is paid by my own government on the back of becoming a time-served British Taxpayer of 44 years including full contributions in National Insurance.
Mr Farage, what have you got to say about that? Plenty, I am sure since whenever I have seen you on TV you never listen to others but do talk, nay, shout over them. The game could be up for you and your very nasty party!
David Cameron, please
learn something from this before you adopt the unnecessarily aggressive style of the fore mentioned person. Why did you not consult with all the legal beagles for which the taxpayer pays a fortune to keep you and your government advised? You could have saved
yourself and your country a great deal of embarrassment and cost.
In the time and effort you have wasted you could have got a vote through parliament to remove the 15 year disenfranchisement rule on Expat’s voting rights you have promised IF
you are re-elected. It would probably have gained all party support and who knows – you might have done yourself a bit of good along the way!
Now many elderly expats who have already been severely bullied by your government in the form of Ian
Duncan Smith but still hold a passion for the UK would have loved to be able to vote again. Old Soldiers like Harry Shindler MBE who at 95 has battled for fair play on this subject know that their likelihood of being able to vote again in this lifetime is
Where is the ‘touch of human kindness that you can afford to give but stubbornly refuse to?
Christmas is coming Prime-Minister please put a ballot paper in Harry’s stocking.
13th Nov 2014