Wednesday, June 22, 2005

EU Commissioner for Goats Gets Shiny New Food Safety Authority in Beautiful but Inaccessible Place

Richard North, on the EU Referendum blog, focusses a beady eye on the way that EU insitutions are continuing to augment their "competencies" (ie power and role-definition) despite the rejection of the draft constitution.

In some cases, such as with the EU Foreign Minister's office and functions, the EU's actions are an outright insult to democracy: the (de facto) FM's office can only be established (de jure) by the passing into law of the rejected constitution's provisions.

In other cases, such as the one highlighted today, we are confronted with the unchanging arrogance of the EU's masters in extending their bureacratic interference into all aspects of life.

The EU Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is a good example of this. It was inaugurated yesterday in Parma. The highly inconvenient, if pleasant, location is courtesy of Italian PM's Silvio Berlusconi's self-confessed mastery of pork-barrel politics. He made Finland's goverment a few offers it couldn't refuse and ensured that this key European office would come to Parma rather than Helsinki.

The result? The huge expansion of a bureaucratic agency which will soon employ, North calculates, around 300 experts and ancillary staff for an annual budget of 46 million euros.

Good news for our old friend Markos Kyprianou, the EU Commissioner for Goats, who will now be able to have his wicked way with all manner of directives to control the flora and fauna of Europe. Earlier this year, we noted that Kyprianou seemed short of sensible things to do - he was testing 200,000 of his goats, despite ensuring us all that the critters were perfectly all right.

Now Kyprianou will be able to get his teeth into more substantial fare. Excellent result for him, but a lot less cheering for EU taxpayers, who will be paying for more and more "experts" to pontificate and draw up absurd new legislation to ensnare us all.

Link to Richard North's posting on the EU Referendum blog.

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