Sunday, 2 September 2012

Spiegel: Dictatorship of the Bureaucrats, Light-Bulb Ban Casts Shadow over EU Democracy

Spiegel online reports,
Beginning Saturday, it will be illegal to import or produce traditional incandescent light bulbs in EU member states. The move has upset consumers and many environmentalists, but it serves to highlight the EU's democratic deficiencies.
 
An under the heading "Bureaucrats Muscling Out Parliamentarians",

For Holger Krahmer, a member of the European Parliament for Germany's business-friendly Free Democratic Party (FDP), the reform is a complete failure. "We are heading for a dictatorship of bureaucrats," he says. Krahmer is on the energy committee, which is using the Ecodesign Directive to make more and more products more energy-efficient.
 
Read the full article here.  

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