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#Ukraine Marshall Plan - Michel Barnier is in the shit

Aside from his role as an EU Commissioner Michel Barnier is vice-president of the European People's Party

In 2012, it was Commissioner Barnier who responded to a letter from one of our local MEPs, Sir Graham Watson. It was written in support of my claim that our work on a 'Marshall Plan' for Ukraine was being plagiarised by an EU Social Business Consultation.

Michel Barnier's reply was one of denial but suggested scope  for future cooperation

Our 'Marshall Plan' for Ukraine was submitted as an entry to the EU Citizens Consultation in 2008 and was clearly identified as a 'Marshall' Plan for Ukraine..

Is it not more than coincidence that the EPP now calls for a 'Marshall Plan' for Ukraine? The price tag of 30 billion Euros being 20 times that calculated in our project proposal.

I wonder how well acquainted Barnier and the EPP are with  French philosopher Bernard Henri Levy who is also calling for a 'Marshall Plan' The cost has gone up again, to 300 billion euros.

I refer to the original Marshall Plan speech of 1947:

"Our policy is directed not against any country or doctrine but against hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos. Its purpose should be the revival of a working economy in the world so as to permit the emergence of political and social conditions in which free institutions can exist. Such assistance, I am convinced, must not be on a piecemeal basis as various crises develop. Any assistance that this Government may render in the future should provide a cure rather than a mere palliative. Any government that is willing to assist in the task of recovery will find full co-operation I am sure, on the part of the United States Government. Any government which maneuvers to block the recovery of other countries cannot expect help from us. Furthermore, governments, political parties, or groups which seek to perpetuate human misery in order to profit therefrom politically or otherwise will encounter the opposition of the United States."

"Profiting politcally of otherwise" is clearly the intention of the EPP and it will be at the expense of those whose lives have been lost. Especially the disabled children who became the primary focus of our proposal. 

"The most urgent component of the project below is relief and modern medical treatment for tens of thousands of Ukraine's children diagnosed as psychoneurologically handicapped. Many have died in state care, in primitive and inhumane conditions. Many are misdiagnosed, and end up in atrocious conditions. Following intense publicity and public discussion of the issue during final preparation of this project, Ukraine's government agreed on 5 March, 2007 to open more than 400 new treatment facilities for these children all over Ukraine. That commitment from Ukraine’s government was a major step forward, clearly demonstrating Ukraine’s willingness and ability to take initiative in childcare reform first and foremost.

"As will become clear, childcare reform involves a complex, intertwined, interconnected set of issues and problems. It is therefore essential to outline these issues and problems and deal with them together as a whole. Key elements are childcare reform, poverty reduction, and communications infrastructure. Underpinning this effort is a new Center for Social Enterprise to be based in Kharkiv National University. CSE will include an academic program combining business, social services, social sciences and modern medical science into a new interdisciplinary academic discipline and program, social enterprise. This Center will engage students, faculty, business leaders, policy makers and citizen organizations and citizens in a common, unified program toward fulfilling the initial objectives outlined herein. The Center will further create new programs as participants learn new, innovative ways of thinking in identifying, analyzing, understanding and resolving Ukraine’s social and economic problems.

Release date for this plan was October 2006, since which time it has been in circulation and discussion among officials in Ukraine. First results, indicated above, were agreement by Ukraine’s government to open more than 400 new treatment centers for psychoneurologically disabled children – the most urgent need. This is an abridged version of the original for Ukraine's ForUm (part 1, part 2), whose staff were instrumental in communicating and helping tremendously in achieving that first critical objective."

In February 2014, MEPs from the South West of England were approached with a call for support from Maidan activists.  

 Like  ourselves The Green Party of England and Wales advocates for a  'people first' economy, rather than a  Barnier, Levy , or EPP first 

Yesterday, when drawing their attention to this dishonesly, the SW Green Party tweeted back "how can we help?"

It is impassible to overstate the sersness of the stituation. whichhas led from civil unrest to open warfare and consequent loss of many lives. 

They can help by taking this issue to the highest level of the European Commission and help purge the EU of this kind of graft, which in this instance does great harm to the vulnerable and voiceless.