We may not be so silly that we give up before the goal! The real issue behind the whole #Dalligate story is not the future position of a single Commissioner or our shaked faith in President Barroso but the failure or success of the revision of the Tobacco Products Directive (2001/37/EC)
(Source of the photo © European Commission audivisual service)
This is the real and the only question we should really focus on.
If the revision happened as expected, we would handle satisfactorily this crisis by neglecting its personal dimension and keep focusing on the most important stake: the Tobacco Products Directive.
If the revision failed then the conspirators would win whoever stays behind the forced resign of John Dalli or the recent brake-in into 3 anti-tobbaco fighter NGOs’ offices.
It is so simple. Either you get the point or the point gets you.
I am not saying that Dalli’s (or Barroso’s if it comes out later that the OLAF report and the whole procedure against Dalli was not well founded) personal fate is not a matter of importance. Of course it is.
They are very important persons shaping the EU’s future being at the top of the mightiest institution of the EU.
However, they are single men in a very complicated institutional and political framework, and with all due respect, they are only politicians whose political mandate would reach an end in 2014 anyway.
On the other side, there is a crucial piece of EU legislation which has been already suffered 1 year delay by the way. The Tobacco Products Directive (2001/37/EC) concerns a wide range of population from a public health point of view. It will have a real long term effect on the population of 27 Member States determining indirectly the life-quality of several generations.
Being an EU blogger I know very well that it is always easier to follow persons and the drama gets much more media attention than the faceless and dry facts. However, behind these ‘dry facts’, behind the possible delay of the Tobacco Products Directive, there are also thousands and millions. Don’t forget these people! Ordinary people desire also our attention not only the famous-ones.
“Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line.” We simply shall be better than that!
As of today, both possibilities are still open. It is our responsibility if there will be a happy end at the end of that story.
I remain at your disposal.
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