Brüssel verhängt strafen , weil die Flagge oder das Logo der EU nicht gezeigt werden. Es wird sich in England beschwert über die hohen Netto Zahlungen in die EU.
Dänemark haben wegen der hohen Kriminalität die in das Land komme. Schengen absurdum geführt.
Zu guter letzt weist der Europa Abgeordnete Nigel Farge daraufhin das die einzigen Errungenschaften der EU,der Euro und das Schengen abkommen gescheitert sein. Und Jetzt der richtige Zeitpunkt ist auszuscheiden aus der EU.
Fined £500k for not flying EU flag: Brussels penalises UK museums, firms and councils
Last updated at 8:12 AM on 6th July 2011
Red tape: EU has rules on flying the official flag and when the EU logo must be used
Fines for failing to display the EU flag and logos should be scrapped, a government minister said yesterday.
Brussels has imposed financial penalties of almost £500,000 on councils, museums, universities, travel firms and business groups.
Each had breached rules that require display of EU symbols in return for grant money – a system Eric Pickles said was unfair.
‘It defies common sense that the EU can hammer public bodies with huge fines for merely not flying their flag,’ said the communities and local government secretary.
‘This is a prime example of bureaucracy taking over, with organisations being hit for the most minor breaches for over-complicated rules.
‘The end result is British taxpayers’ money being wasted on design guidelines, form-filling and millions of pounds of red tape. These fines should be axed.’
The fines relate to money given to the UK by the European Regional Development Fund since 2000. The fund has contributed to dozens of schemes including the Eden Project, in Cornwall, the Millennium Bridge in Gateshead and the redevelopment of Liverpool’s King’s Dock.
Funded: Eden Project in Cornwall, the world's biggest indoor rainforest It is one of the buildings that has been funded with EU cash
Typically, funding is matched pound for pound by the UK. But Britain is a net contributor to the EU budget and critics have long complained that ERDF cash is essentially recycled taxpayers’ money.
Last year, the UK contributed £6.4billion more to Brussels than it received back.
Brussels lays down strict rules on the display of the EU flag and logo for organisations in receipt of funding. Many projects accepting cash have to agree to display the flag on a permanent plaque in a prominent position.
Unfair: Communities Secretary Eric Pickles wants to scrap the rules which allow the EU to fine groups which it has funded
Parliamentary answers reveal a long list of organisations that have fallen foul of the rules.
Advantage West Midlands, a regional development agency, was fined £201,801 for not using the EU logo on publicity material promoting the region to tourists and investors.
Birmingham Chambers of Commerce was hit with a £77,609 penalty for using its corporate branding rather than EU logos at an event.
Peterborough YMCA fell foul of the rules after failing to display the correct material on leaflets and was fined £1,325.
Even the National Museum of Labour History in Manchester was hit with a £7,233 fine after officials realised there was no logo on a billboard.
Merseytravel was fined £13,600 for ‘insufficient publicity’ at the start of a project, while Sandwell Council’s failure to acknowledge the EU or display logos led to a £5,046 penalty.
Tory MP Andrew Griffiths, whose Parliamentary questions revealed the scale of the fines, said: ‘These are barmy rules being peddled by Brussels Eurocrats, and it’s hard-pressed British taxpayers who are left to foot the bill.
‘They seem more interested in EU propaganda and advertising than in supporting projects in Britain. It is time these public bodies stood up to the Brussels bully boys and refused to pay these fines.’
The European Commission insists Britain is responsible for managing EU funds and can redirect some or all of the cash from fines to other eligible projects, rather than having to reimburse Brussels.
Denmark slams door on free movement within the EU
The EU’s flagship commitment to free movement was ‘in tatters’ last night as Denmark imposed border controls to keep out criminals and illegal immigrants from other parts of Europe.
The nation was accused of breaching the Schengen treaty, which allows free movement of goods and people and includes all EU member states except Britain and Ireland.
Stop and search: Danish customs officers check a vehicle with a sniffing dog at the border between Germany and Denmark in Froslev, Denmark
Denmark deployed extra 50 customs officers at crossings with Germany and Sweden yesterday, saying the move was needed to fight border-hopping criminals and illegal immigrants within the Schengen zone. A further 50 officers will be added by the end of the year.
German holidaymakers were urged to boycott Denmark in protest.
Alexander Alvaro, a German member of the European Parliament, called Denmark’s move ‘a backward roll’ which ‘endangers the cohesion of the European Union’.
The European Commission said Denmark risks contravening the terms of the 25-nation passport-free Schengen zone, and was monitoring the move.
Just 24 hours earlier, the Netherlands threatened to deport Eastern Europeans who cannot find work.
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