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Udder nonsense that EU is forcing cows to wear nappies NEW
European Commission in the UK 2 Weeks, 3 Hours, 43 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 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 9 Hours, 54 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 2 Months, 2 Days, 12 Hours, 56 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 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 17 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 3 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 21 Hours, 39 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 4 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 41 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 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 12 Hours, 12 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 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 16 Hours, 24 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 5 Months, 5 Days, 4 Hours, 24 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 5 Months, 1 Week, 4 Hours, 27 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 5 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 8 Hours, 10 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 6 Months, 1 Week, 18 Hours, 29 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 6 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 22 Hours, 24 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...
Sun corrects false story on MOT tests NEW
European Commission in the UK 6 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 15 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
The Sun on Saturday 12 April published the following correction: “In an article MoT fix axe fears (March 30) we quoted a letter from UKIP containing claims that thousands of MoT test centres could close under EU proposals forcing motorists whos...
Licensed to mislead NEW
European Commission in the UK 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 16 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
Stories suggesting that “British car number plates could be axed by a vote in the European Parliament next week” (Daily Express) are utterly untrue. There is no proposal or amendment on the table that would create a standard design for al...
Wrong media verdict on EC proposals to ensure fair trials NEW
European Commission in the UK 7 Months, 1 Week, 5 Hours, 56 Minutes ago
The Sun on Sunday 16 March and the Evening Standard on 18 March have run articles highlighting concerns expressed by Justice Minister Chris Grayling over the European Commission’s proposal to strengthen certain aspects of the presumption of inn...
Brussels inspectors not digging up the great British garden NEW
European Commission in the UK 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
The Sunday Express on 9 March published a front page article guaranteed to raise the blood pressure of the patriotic British gardener. The headline said: “New EU rules would let inspectors dig up your garden…..in a bid to destroy some of...
EU staff “going back to school” – often at their own expense – is no “gravy train” NEW
European Commission in the UK 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 10 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
On 23 February, the Sunday Times saw fit to publish a “news” article headlined: “Eurocrats take the gravy train back to their old schools“. It began “Brussels bureaucrats are being offered two-day all-expenses-paid trips...
EC investigates ski instructor cases – while some media go off piste NEW
European Commission in the UK 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 43 Minutes ago
A number of UK media, including the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph, have reported over the last few days on the arrest of British ski instructors in France, for allegedly operating without proper authorisation. Mo...
Generating a bankrupt media tale NEW
European Commission in the UK 8 Months, 4 Days, 21 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
Number of View: 13One story last weekend provided an object lesson for aspiring tabloid reporters in how to take a smidgeon – if that – of truth and whip it up into a highly misleading anti-EU story. Three papers ran stories apparently ai...