Monday, July 19, 2004


Poor old Jim Dougal, whose comments that "The commission is not a government but it thinks it is", and "…they think they have the right to tell governments what to do", will come back to haunt him.
Enter said commission, telling the Greek government what to do, with a very much "half-baked" idea. Courtesy of, we have learned that it is threatening action at the ECJ against Greece, which it accuses of unnecessarily restricting its trade in partially-baked products.

Food shops in Greece selling half-baked or frozen bread and other baked products, that require a brief final stage of baking or heating, must obtain a bakers’ licence. This "has had the effect of limiting imports of ‘bake-off’ products from other (EU) member states", the commission asserts.

It has been pushing Greece to reform the system and has now given it a legal final warning letter, telling it to ensure that part-baking is "not subject to the same conditions as full baking and bread making".

Petty this type of action might be, but it can only be the likes of Jim Dougal that thinks this is not the action of a government.
And if there was any doubt at all about this, read one of our previous posts describing how the commission is preparing to flex its muscles on road safety. Half-baked its ideas might be, but a half-baked government the commission is not.

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