Mario Borghezio, leader of the Italian Northern League party, has submitted an official request, urging all 27 EU member governments to disclose their UFO files. So far, according to the European Parliament website, the declaration has received 17 signatures.
Borghezio hopes this will result in the establishment of a European UFO commission. According to the text of the June 14 declaration, "Many members of the scientific community have been looking into the issue of UFOs and have denounced the systematic covering-up of information on the subject. ... a study of the material collected by the governments of all the member states would have major scientific and technological spinoffs."
UFOs have been a previous topic of discussion in the European Parliament.
After a large number of sightings in Belgium in 1990, a European UFO Observation Center (under the aegis of the Committee on Energy, Research and Technology) was proposed by Belgian European deputy Elio Di Rupo.
Another European deputy, Tullio Regge of the European Parliament, picked up Di Rupo's initiative in 1993 and suggested that the French National Center for Space Research become the official UFO information clearinghouse.
Regge proposed that several possible UFO explanations be investigated, including military secrets, alien civilizations and supertechnologies.
And now, Borghezio is the latest European official to attempt to unite the EU members in a mutual UFO crusade.
His proposal says it's "essential to set up a scientific center for the analysis and dissemination of the scientific data gathered to date by various European bodies and governments."
Borghezio also calls "for public archives on UFOs to be opened up and for records to be declassified by the member states, thus providing the public and the mass media with access to the full range of documentation on the subject."
Interestingly, at least to me, is that Borghezio references a 1978 UFO milestone where the United Nations discussed UFOs "as a valid issue" -- an event that I was partly responsible for bringing to fruition.
At the time, Grenada Prime Minister Sir Eric Gairy tried to get the U.N. to create an international committee that would gather and share UFO information from around the world.
In order to make a credible presentation to the U.N. special political committee, Gairy delegated me, because he knew I was friendly with the most important UFO notables, including astronomers J. Allen Hynek, Jacques Vallee, psychologist David Saunders, nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman and astronaut Gordon Cooper.
After our successful audio-visual presentation, produced for the special political committee, the General Assembly invited member nations to coordinate research and investigation activities of UFOs and to inform the secretary-general of their results.
Unfortunately, before these things were officially initiated, Gairy was overthrown in Grenada in 1979, leading to a quiet disbanding of any UFO disclosures.
And now, it's hard to say whether Borghezio's EU efforts will help bring about an end to reported official UFO secrecy. UFOs are not exactly at the top of every nation's "to do" list.
Borghezio's UFO declaration document follows below.