We all know that there is no lack of foolishness in bureaucracies and the EU most certainly is no exception.
Here’s another sad example of rampant bureaucracy. From 2014 onwards, the EU has decided to ban refillable bottles and dipping bowls of olive oil in restaurants. Restaurants will only be allowed to serve olive oil in “original” non-refillable bottles, labelled according to EU standards. The EU claims this to be to the benefit of the customer.
Yes, you read that right.
Strangely enough, this new EU-law doesn’t apply to salt, pepper or vinegar. Is there no need to protect customers here? Are these products tamper-proof? And what about the food on your plate? Couldn’t the restaurant tamper with that in the kitchen? And what about the house-wine served by the glass or in an unmarked carafe?
How long will it take the EU, before they regulate that too?
And think about all these small non-refillable, often probably half-full, EU-labelled bottles of olive oil that will be thrown away. What a waste.
Overregulation doesn’t lead to increase in trust, it leads to an increase of distrust, namely distrust in the bureaucracy.
Whose interests is the EU really protecting?
Those of the consumer?
Or those of the largest producers of olive oil in the EU, who had asked for the new law?
It is about time, we red-carded red tape!