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Media blames late Christmas deliveries on EU HGV training rules: a highly selective approach to the facts NEW
European Commission in the UK 4 Days, 12 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Fears that a shortage of truck drivers means there will be no Christmas pudding on the supermarket shelves, or that presents bought online will be delivered late? And an opportunity to blame Brussels? No wonder several UK newspapers did not hold back...
Measures to cut lethal emissions from shipping are based on global consensus, not “an EU diktat” NEW
European Commission in the UK 1 Week, 5 Days, 6 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
New EU rules (The Sulphur Directive) to limit sulphur emissions from shipping are based on a global decision by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) supported and partly instigated by the UK. A 2011 scientific study concludes that pollution...
Media fails to give full picture on household gloves – but proposed new rules under review NEW
European Commission in the UK 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 14 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
There has been a been a furore in various UK media (Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and The Sun, though Guardian commentator and former Europe correspondent John Palmer took a different view) over a European Commission proposal to reinforce product and t...
Agriculture myths: cropping the facts on the “three crop rule” NEW
European Commission in the UK 1 Month, 23 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
James Forsyth’s claims in the Daily Mail on 9 November that Environment Secretary Liz Truss wants to stop the European Commission from “telling British farmers what they can grow ” through “a Commission edict – the three...
EU funds do not favour bullfighting NEW
European Commission in the UK 1 Month, 23 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
It appears the press are just as keen on recycling as the Commission. The claim that British taxpayers are subsidising bullfighting in Spain was published in The Daily Mail and Daily Mirror recently, some 18 months after a strangely similar story app...
Mail on Sunday fails to serve readers full facts on EU food allergen rules that could save lives NEW
European Commission in the UK 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 22 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
New rules being introduced across the EU from 13 December 2014 (by the Food Information for Consumers Regulation 1169/2011) will give allergy sufferers eating out the same information and protection as when they shop in the supermarket. The aim is to...
The EU budget and UK contributions – the facts, 2013 NEW
European Commission in the UK 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
Once again we are seeing big bold headlines claiming massive increase in the UK’s contribution to the EU budget in 2013. We provide figures and explanations below, but first a reminder of some general points that put these figures in context: T...
Udder nonsense that EU is forcing cows to wear nappies NEW
European Commission in the UK 2 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 9 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
The Daily Mail’s headline found the perfect punning phrase: it is indeed “udder nonsense” that EU rules ban cows from defecating on Alpine slopes. A German farmer has fitted his cows with bovine diapers because, he says, cowpats con...
Brussels targets air pollution – NOT British lawns NEW
European Commission in the UK 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 15 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
After last month’s media misrepresentation of EU rules designed to improve – not diminish – the suction performance of vacuum cleaners (see earlier blog), the latest (Now Brussels targets your lawnmower, Daily Mail) suggests “...
Tidying up the facts on EU vacuum cleaner rules NEW
European Commission in the UK 3 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 4 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
Without reiterating all the points we made on our blog a year ago (we sometimes like a punning headline ourselves), here are ten key facts on the new EU rules coming into force on 1 September to make vacuum cleaners work better and waste less energy.
EU aid for Peru – fighting illegal drugs and child malnutrition NEW
European Commission in the UK 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
Newspapers(1) who recently ridiculed the EU’s support for anti-drug programmes in Peru grossly misrepresented the facts by neglecting to mention that most of the money concerned is not for “rehabilitating drug addicts” but actually...
Weekend press watch, 5-6 July 2014 NEW
European Commission in the UK 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
This is a new occasional feature on our blog, given that weekends tend to be a peak time for – to say the least – contentious coverage of EU-related matters Non-existent EC proposal alarms motorists The Sun on Sunday on 6 July ran a promi...
EU recommendations on economic policies: not “interference” but a process in which UK plays a full part NEW
European Commission in the UK 6 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 19 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
Recently, articles in among others the Daily Mail, the Times and the Telegraph screamed about EU “interference” in the UK economy, “dramatic interventions in UK policy” and “Brussels” telling the Prime Minister to...
The EU budget, UK contributions to it and suggestions “Brussels” is demanding £500m more from UK taxpayers NEW
European Commission in the UK 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 17 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
We have in recent days seen lurid headlines – certainly not discouraged by the UK Treasury – about “Brussels” demanding an extra £500m from UK taxpayers. The truth behind that is below. But first, some general...
A whiff of an anti-EU story – but updating perfume rules makes sense NEW
European Commission in the UK 6 Months, 3 Weeks, 21 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
Between 1% and 3% of people in Europe – so between 600,000 and nearly 2 million people in the UK – suffer from allergic reactions to certain fragrances, which might be included not only in perfumes but products such as soap and shampoo. S...
Ten things Europe has done for the UK – and others – since the last European Parliament elections in 2009 NEW
European Commission in the UK 7 Months, 1 Day, 9 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
With the European Parliament elections coming up this week, here are some highlights of the work the EU has done over the last five years. The results of the elections on 22 May will be crucial in deciding how all this will be pursued over the next f...
British roads and drivers safer thanks to EU exchange of information on serious traffic offences NEW
European Commission in the UK 7 Months, 3 Days, 9 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
The Sunday Times has an article today correctly saying that European legislation in the pipeline will mean British drivers abroad will no longer be able to get away with serious traffic offences like shooting red lights or speeding. This is because a...
How much UK national law is based on EU law? NEW
European Commission in the UK 7 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 13 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
The percentage of UK or other Member States’ law which is based on or influenced by EU law is a complex and technical question, with no definitive answer. The vast majority of EU legislation is jointly decided by MEPs – directly elected b...
Hot coffee NEW
European Commission in the UK 8 Months, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
There have been some rumblings that the EU is set to ban coffee machines or force cold coffee on the general public. We wish to cut this myth off at the pass and explain why new rules coming into force as of January 2015 will not affect your beloved...
EU does not “ban” beaches NEW
European Commission in the UK 8 Months, 5 Days, 3 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
EU laws do not prevent anyone from swimming anywhere, but who wants to swim in poo? As this year’s EU’s annual bathing water report is being prepared we face the perennial media stories of the EU possibly “banning” or “b...