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Hot coffee NEW
European Commission in the UK 12 Hours, 21 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 1 Day, 16 Hours, 16 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 3 Days, 9 Hours, 44 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 1 Week, 10 Hours, 10 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 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 9 Hours, 48 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 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 11 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 1 Month, 1 Week, 5 Days, 4 Hours, 4 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 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 7 Hours, 35 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 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 1 Hour, 7 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...
No, Mail on Sunday, the EU is (obviously) not banning yogurt and cheese from school dinners NEW
European Commission in the UK 2 Months, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Number of View: 0The Mail on Sunday on 9 February served its readers a headline skilfully cooked up to suggest the EU was going to ban cheese and yogurt from their kids’ school meals. “Enjoy a yogurt at school? Hard cheese, says EU. Euroc...
Is the EU “denying children cancer drugs”…. or is the EU the world leader in forcing pharmaceutical companies to deliver new drugs? NEW
European Commission in the UK 2 Months, 2 Days, 17 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
Number of View: 5A number of media have reported that “EU rules are denying children cancer drugs”, based on a press release by the UK’s world-renowned and hugely respected Institute of Cancer Research. The European Commission and t...
The truth about EU flag flap NEW
European Commission in the UK 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 15 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
Number of View: 6Several newspapers today claim that the UK has heroically resisted European Commission efforts to force it to fly the EU flag in Whitehall (Pickles downs the EU flag, Daily Telegraph; Pickles lowers the EU flag in Whitehall, Daily Ma...
EU migrants avoiding tax ? Or Sunday Telegraph avoiding full story? NEW
European Commission in the UK 3 Months, 1 Week, 4 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
Number of View: 10“EU migrants can avoid tax in UK“, according to a Sunday Telegraph headline on 5 January. The piece goes on “Romanians and Bulgarians coming to work can avoid paying taxes in Britain because of a loophole.” L...
European auditors point to errors but sign off EU’s accounts – some UK media decline to listen to what the auditors say NEW
European Commission in the UK 5 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 13 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
Number of View: 209UK media – for example the Daily Mail, Daily Express and the Times – yet again reported that the European Court of Auditors (ECA) has not signed off the EU accounts. Some media -this time including the Daily Telegraph...
Getting into a jam, again, as MPs debate UK plans to change sugar content rules NEW
European Commission in the UK 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
Number of View: 85If you believed some press this week, Brussels bureaucrats have been busy destroying the great British breakfast by cutting the minimum sugar content in jam from 60% to 50%….. “EU threatens future of British jam”...
Eco-labels for loos: helping consumers to stop water – and their hard-earned cash – going down the toilet NEW
European Commission in the UK 5 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 10 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
Number of View: 112The European Commission is preparing to propose an eco-label for toilets and urinals, based on the amount of water that they use to flush. This will be a voluntary thing. It is not “regulating toilets”, as some claimed...
More seriously misleading reporting on EU migrants and benefits NEW
European Commission in the UK 5 Months, 4 Weeks, 13 Minutes ago
Number of View: 65The Sunday Telegraph incorrectly asserted last week (13 October) that there are over 600 000 unemployed EU migrants in the UK. We firmly rebutted last week’s coverage here. Another inaccurate claim is central to this week...
Are British businesses really being strangled by EU red tape? NEW
European Commission in the UK 6 Months, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
Number of View: 2Based on a contentious Business for Britain (BfB) report, a wide range of media report today that there have been 3,600 new laws in three years as the EU “strangles” UK firms and that it would take 92 days to read all the...
Media claims that 600 000 unemployed EU migrants live in the UK are “a gross and irresponsible misrepresentation” NEW
European Commission in the UK 6 Months, 3 Days, 5 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
Number of View: 188The Sunday Telegraph reported on 13 October that a European Commission report published today would say that “600,000 unemployed European Union migrants are living in Britain at a cost of £1.5 billion to the NHS alone&r...
EU is not demanding money from UK for a new bail out NEW
European Commission in the UK 6 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 23 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
Number of View: 19According to the Daily Express on 28 September, the EU is “demanding £6billion from Britain for a new bailout”. The Express is referring to the EU’s Balance of Payments Facility – which exists to provid...