Growth, jobs and more

Since the young in the West take peace between Germany and France for granted, and the young in the East got used to democracy without a fear of communism, the European Union and its institutions seems to be running out heroic missions. To be relevant to the “citizen” the EU needs to provide useful services that are making life easier for the businesses and improving the quality of life the people rather than make history.

The European institutions are permanently looking for ways to present themselves useful and relevant to the citizen, so that he or she would eventually improve its attitude towards the European project and look up to Brussels with a similar admiration as when the idea of a common market helped the continent out of the ashes.

And there are plenty of ways being offered by all kinds of NGOs, pressure groups and lobbysts. A few days ago Euractiv reported on dangers of iPods:

Consumer groups have asked the Commission to “revise existing safety standards” to protect users of personal music players (PMPs), such as Apple’s iPod, from the risk of hearing damage.

And being afraid of missing an opportunity to do something good for the citizen …

Commissioner Meglena Kuneva did not rule out imposing stricter regulation on personal music players.

I think this is exactly the kind of proposal that should be ruled out. The EU does have better things to do. In fact I wish for an EU where the commission president could say “Look guys, these gadgets do have volume control” and still hope for re-election.

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  1. The Reflection Group (of Wise Persons) was mandated to provide a shinier car, but expressly forbidden to provide a steering mechanism to take the EU where it should be able to go.

    Even if the heads of state or government are fed up with so called institutional reform, most serious problems concerning the European Union’s capacity to act on the world stage boil down to the lack of effective decision-making powers where they count.

    And if the EU gets the powers needed to count, they have to be legitimate, based on its citizens, i.e. European level democracy.

    My three words to describe the EU we need are: effective, democratic and solidary.

    This is why I wonder, once in a while, what on earth the Reflection Group is going to do.

    Strictly adhere to its restrictive mandate and become a forotten footnote?

    Make bold propositions to be ignored by the appointing cabal of 27 persons?

  2. No, I think every little detail should be decided within the administrative spheres of Brussels!

    I feel that we as individuals have way to much responsibility for our own lives, and we should delegate this to people who are far away from where we are. Thanks to the European Commission, we might even be allowed to stop thinking. This would reduce food consumption by 20% since that is the amount of energy our brain needs: http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2001/JacquelineLing.shtml

    I wonder who will become Commissioner for collective thought?

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