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The end of summertime? NEW
Ooh, Brussels! 3 Years, 9 Months, 13 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
  An influential member of the European Parliament wants the practice of turning the clocks back and forward for summer and winter abolished. Herbert Reul, the chairman of the parliament’s industry committee, says it’s a waste of time. M...
Border-free Europe will cost more NEW
Ooh, Brussels! 3 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 5 Hours, 5 Minutes ago
The European Commission says it needs another €13 million to instigate its new hi-tech system of tracking people throughout the EU. It will bring to €63 million the cost of the Schengen Information System II – brought in to help secure a co...
Easy Rider (or how 15 existing EU directives are being replaced with five regulations) NEW
Ooh, Brussels! 3 Years, 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
Motorbikes are going to have to meet tough new standards for safety and the environment under plans announced by the European Commission today. Among the proposals is the requirement for bikes to have automatic braking systems. And they will have to...
Here’s something to get your teeth into NEW
Ooh, Brussels! 3 Years, 10 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 1 Hour, 1 Minute ago
Here’s an interesting question. What is the involvement of one of the world’s biggest sweet and chocolate manufacturers in a bid to get the EU to do more to improve people’s teeth? It all stems from a call yesterday by two Euro MPs...
EU pledges €32m to save the bees NEW
Ooh, Brussels! 3 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 18 Minutes ago
The EU announced today that it is to increase the amount of money it is spending to subsidise the beekeeping sector. Over the next three years the EU is to inject €32m (about £26m) per year into national programmes to try to reverse the alarming d...
*Breaking news* Commissioner “appalled” NEW
Ooh, Brussels! 3 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 38 Minutes ago
“This is a situation I had thought Europe would not have to witness again after the Second World War.” Viviane Reding, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship, says the expulsi...
Joining the party NEW
Ooh, Brussels! 3 Years, 10 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 21 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
Despite frustrations and apparent increasing scepticism within its own borders, EU membership still holds significant attractions for some. On Sunday, Turkey holds a referendum on constitutional reform. The outcome could have a significant bearing on...
“This is Europe’s moment of truth” NEW
Ooh, Brussels! 3 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 21 Hours, 23 Minutes ago
From the romantic: Europe is not only Brussels or Strasbourg. It is our regions. It is the cities, towns and villages you come from. When you walk round your constituencies, you can point to the European projects that are so important for their prosp...
President’s desperate PR fightback NEW
Ooh, Brussels! 3 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 29 Minutes ago
It is bizarre that, at a time when the purpose of the EU’s institutions are being called into question more than ever, the president of the European Commission decides to introduce a US-style “State of the Union” address. Rather tha...
September is here and Johnny is back! NEW
Ooh, Brussels! 3 Years, 10 Months, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 1 Hour, 31 Minutes ago
Yes, rejuvenated after lying on the beach sipping cocktails for a month with Mrs Erasmus, I’m back to walk the corridors of European power. What has been going on in Brussels during my absence? Anything much? Belgium hasn’t got its own go...
Seen this somewhere before? NEW
Ooh, Brussels! 4 Years, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
Interesting to see that the Daily Mail yesterday ran a story that you read about on Ooh, Brussels! MORE THAN TWO WEEKS AGO. In its typical Europhobic tone, the Mail’s article talked about the £12m “squandered” on the study, as repo...
A message from Johnny NEW
Ooh, Brussels! 4 Years, 1 Week, 5 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
As a relative newcomer to the European blogging community (Ooh, Brussels! has only been going for 10 weeks) I’ve been struck by how lively and thriving the EU blogging scene is. Debate is informed and constructive and also close-knit: there see...
One tractor, 50 regulations NEW
Ooh, Brussels! 4 Years, 1 Week, 5 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
When you see a tractor trundling across a field, you’re witnessing a vehicle that is subject to 50 European directives. That revelation was made by the European Commission today as part of an announcement that it was time to simplify things jus...
EU backs Murdoch NEW
Ooh, Brussels! 4 Years, 1 Week, 1 Day, 1 Hour, 24 Minutes ago
The European Commission has lifted its block on Rupert Murdoch’s Newscorp gaining more control of Italian TV stations. The company, under its Italian subsidiary Sky Italia, wants to play a role in the increasing digital TV market in the country...
EU: No more mad cows NEW
Ooh, Brussels! 4 Years, 1 Week, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 20 Minutes ago
It seems such a long time ago that Mad Cow Disease first hit the headlines and British beef was demonised across the world. Now, the EU is considering relaxing the rules it put in place to stop the spread of BSE all those years ago. In fact the Europ...
Dope update NEW
Ooh, Brussels! 4 Years, 1 Week, 5 Days, 19 Minutes ago
As you may have seen, the European Court of Justice made its ruling on the case I mentioned on Tuesday regarding Dutch authorities closing down a coffeeshop which sold marijuana to foreigners. The ruling, from Advocate-General Yves Bot, caught some c...
BREAKING NEWS: EU says Cornish pasties can’t contain carrots! NEW
Ooh, Brussels! 4 Years, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours ago
Big news today in the field of tasty English snacks. The EU has been asked to protect the status of that delicious potato-and-meat-stuffed pastry, the Cornish pasty. In future, if the EU agrees, it will have to be made in Cornwall if it is to be call...
Feeling a little light headed? NEW
Ooh, Brussels! 4 Years, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 4 Hours, 36 Minutes ago
The extent of the EU’s commitment to people’s freedom to buy and sell without barriers could even be extended to marijuana. The European Court of Justice is due to rule on Thursday on whether a Dutch law banning “coffee” shops...
MEP’s barmy tax plan NEW
Ooh, Brussels! 4 Years, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 10 Minutes ago
Just when we thought some financial and political reality was dawning on policy-makers in Europe, up pops a politician who wants to introduce a new tax to fund the EU. Jutta Haug, an MEP from Germany, is to chair a European Parliamentary committee lo...
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. No, make that TWO! NEW
Ooh, Brussels! 4 Years, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 4 Hours, 53 Minutes ago
Granny was wrong apparently. That old saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away has been revised by the EU. They’re now saying we have to eat two apples a day. A project funded by the EU to the tune of €13.8m (about £11.4m) discovered...