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The end of summertime?

29 Oct



Ticked off

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.

Many people will be surprised that the act of changing the clocks is actually governed by an EU directive.

One of the main reasons that Reul believes the practice should be done away with is that it doesn’t help Europe’s stated aim of saving gas and electricity.

It is likely that the European Commission would oppose any changes because they carried out a consultation into season time changes as recently as three years ago.

This argument has been lost, Herbert. Next!

EU wields its big stick

28 Jun
Court of Justice of the European Union

EU Court of Justice: Are they still awake?

Four countries – Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Greece – are being taken to the European Court of Justice for not introducing European law.

Belgium hasn’t introduced the law on what to do with old vehicles, Luxembourg has not brought in clean drinking water legislation, Germany has not made rules on the access and use of certain environmental data and Greece hasn’t brought in Euro-legislation on landfill.

Meanwhile Portugal has been given two months to make sure that two significant building developments in a protected coastal area which have been planning permission do not break environment rules. Otherwise it too could be taken to court.

And all but seven countries – including the UK – have been warned they haven’t brought in European legislation aimed at liberalising the gas and electricity market.

And if they don’t – yes, you’ve guessed it, they will be taken to court.

Behind all the smiles at governmental level, Brussels is increasingly using its power to crack down on countries that break the rules.

See you in court.

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