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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The face of the corruption

I'm offering you to articles with my comments on them, which shows the level of corruption in EU. Ok, not to use that bad word, let's just call it, the level of lobbying. Enjoy!

EU faces legal challenge over extension of Chinese light bulb duties

EU ministers have approved a Commission decision to extend anti-dumping duties on imports of energy-saving light bulbs from China, despite protests from environmentalists and a number of leading European companies.

Foreign ministers gave the green light to a Commission proposal to prolong for one more year anti-dumping tariffs of up to 66% that have been imposed on bulbs originating in China, Pakistan, the Philippines and Vietnam since 2001. /that means we pay 66% more for a light-bulb than we should! Wanna know why?/

The decision followed an investigation carried out by the Commission, which found that it is in the interest of the Community to retain the measures in order to allow companies to adjust to changing market conditions. /Erm, whose interest?/

Germany's national light-bulb manufacturer Osram, in particular, had been complaining that low-cost imports from China would cause large job losses in the EU's largest economy./yeah, what's wrong with paying 8-9e for a bulb?My salary would be 200e, it's absolutely not a problem to buy a bulb. One every year./

However, a number of European companies, including Dutch electronics group Philips and Swedish retailer Ikea, who import large quantities of power-saving bulbs from China, have criticised the move. And an Italian lighting firm, Targetti Sankey, has announced that it would be challenging the Commission's decision in court on the basis that its investigation was flawed.

If it wins its case, not only would the extension be declared void, but importers could also be entitled to "claim back from the EU hundreds of millions of euros in duties paid since 2001", according to Targetti lawyer Maurizio Gambardella.

The Targetti case also has the support of green groups, who insist that the decision is "seriously inconsistent" with EU targets to improve energy efficiency and fight climate change, because it will deter consumers from making a shift to more efficient lamps that could save 23 million tonnes of CO2 each year.

However, many EU nations saw the issue as a test case for the future of the EU's anti-dumping policy, currently under review , fearing that it could be used as a precedent to give more weight to the interests of companies producing or sourcing goods in countries with cheap labour costs, such as China, than to those whose production is based in Europe. source

My comment: Ok, as you can see for your self, it's all against China. Which is not so bad when we talk about clothes and stuff. But then how can we claim we're going green, if the price of a bulb is that high. And one more thing-is this to protect EU or just Germany. Cuz it looks like the second.

MEPs set to delay CO2 cuts for cars

The European Parliament looks set to award carmakers an extra three years breathing space to implement heavy cuts in carbon dioxide emissions, to the outrage of Green MEPs, who insist that the whole EU climate strategy will be jeopardised if the automobile industry is let off the hook.

A vote in Parliament, on 24 October, is likely to give backing to stricter CO2 targets for vehicle manufacturers but with longer deadlines, according to UK Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies, who is in charge of steering the Commission's proposal through Parliament.

"What will go through on Wednesday is a cut to 125 grams by 2015," he said on 19 October, adding: "I know we have a majority for that…Even the Germans, who are lobbying hardest against this legislation, can live with that."

The Commission's original proposal suggested that manufacturers should be made to reduce average car emissions from current levels of 160g/km to 130g/km by 2012 through improvements in vehicle technology alone, and that other players, including tyre makers, fuel suppliers, repairers, drivers and public authorities, should be required to contribute to a further 10g/km reduction.

However, Davies insists that carmakers should bear full responsibility for the cuts and that any complementary measures, such as the use of biofuels, should be "entirely supplementary". On the other hand, he thinks the 2012 deadline is "too early" and would prove "too costly".

Green MEPs have however called on MEPs to be firm on the goals, stressing: "There has been political agreement on this limit value for more than ten years; if we let carmakers off the hook again, the whole EU climate strategy will be jeopardised."

According to an independent study prepared for the Greens group, the car sector would have to reduce its CO2 emissions by 80-100 million tonnes in the next 13 years in order for the EU to meet its overall goal of slashing CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020. The report adds that only a 120g/km by 2012 target and a strong follow-up limit value (of maybe 80g/km) in 2020 can achieve that.

On the other hand, a three-year delay would more than halve the expected benefits of the proposals, it claims. source

My comment: WTF??? They planned to include the air companies in the count and now they are stepping back. Can you believe it. No, seriously, can you?I hope someone scold those MEPs really badly, cuz they deserve it. They should take care of our interests and now of the car-producers. Too costly! Like they won't put it on the buyers shoulders anyway. Just fuck off.

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