The Single Market doesn’t work
In 2017 Ms Bieńkowska announced that “the Single Market – this jewel that is all too often taken for granted – does not function properly for services”.
Given that services represents almost 80% of the UK economy, and that the Single Market has been going for over 25 years, this was an extraordinary admission.
The shenanigans of the anti-democrats in Parliament yesterday may have depressed some readers. We saw no point in depressing you further.
In essence, there is now almost no chance of Brexit being delivered in any form on 29 March, as repeatedly promised by the Prime Minister for the past two years.
Instead we have brought you something a little different. It does have a point, however. The Single Market Commissioner has no experience of business. The Single Market is dysfunctional and much of it focuses on the needs of other EU countries, not the UK.
Nevertheless Remain MPs can’t stop talking about its alleged benefits, whilst never being able to quote any real facts about it. There are a large number of factual pieces about it in our Brexit Index – the largest repository of Brexit facts in the World.
This is not fake news
In case any reader wondered if we are making up any of this story about ski instructors, we aren’t. This was announced yesterday by the EU Commission and here is the formal stuff:-
“COMMISSION DELEGATED REGULATION (EU) of 14.3.2019
“Establishing a Common Training Test for ski instructors under Article 49b of Directive 2005/36/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 7 September 2005 on the recognition of the professional qualifications.”
The European Parliament and Council now have two months to scrutinise this ‘Commission Delegated Regulation’, after which the act will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the EU.
British sense of humour
Finally, we wonder how long we will be able to publish pieces like the one above.
The EU is busy looking at all manner of means of curtailing what they call ‘fake news’. No doubt our British sense of humour and our country’s tradition of satire and mockery will soon fall foul of regulations which will be introduced.
That said, Brussels must have some kind of sense of humour.
After all, they did give us the unelected EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.[Source : EU Commission | OECD | EU Commission Bienkowska CV | EU Commission Bienkowska other commercial interests | EU Commission salaries guide | European Court of Auditors | Various news sites in Polish | Civitas study on EU salaries]