Olive oil decanter ban dropped by the EU after much mockery

The EU has decided to drop its plan to remove olive oil decanters from tables, meaning that my morning tostada is safe! The EU has dropped plans to ban restaurants from using refillable jugs and bowls of olive oil, after they drew consumer criticism and even ridicule. The policy would have forced restaurants to only serve olive oil in tamper-proof packaging, labelled to EU standards, as of next year. The move had been aimed at Continue reading Olive oil decanter ban dropped by the EU after much mockery

No EU money for AVE line until after 2020 – it’s official, it’s abandoned

The EU has confirmed that it has no plans to finance the local high speed train in Almeria until after 2020. Following on from yesterdays announcement that the local AVE line has been dropped from Europe’s list of “priority rail investments”, the EU budget office has confirmed to Spanish MEP’s that no money will be allocated in the current round of transport investments. This means that Almeria will have to battle for EU cash in Continue reading No EU money for AVE line until after 2020 – it’s official, it’s abandoned

Europe abandons Almeria’s AVE high speed train link

We currently have 19 km of high speed train line built in the province – the bit from Sorbas to Garrucha.  It includes Spains second longest tunnel. You’ve seen it. It was originally a “priority” for Spain, when it was announced, and it was planned to be the coastal link of the “Meditterean Corridor”, a high speed rail link up and down the Med, from Portugal to Italy. Then the crisis hit. And, as we Continue reading Europe abandons Almeria’s AVE high speed train link

EU says Andalucia probably can’t expropriate homes from the banks for people to live in for free

The EU has opened an investigation into the new law in Andalucia that allows people to live rent free in their own homes, if they ask the Andalucian government to seize it before the bank can expropriate it. The law, which the Communists bought in last month, allows people who are about to have their homes repossessed by the banks to ask the Andalucian government to seize it “in the national interest”. The home then Continue reading EU says Andalucia probably can’t expropriate homes from the banks for people to live in for free

EU tells Spain to put IVA up again, and slash social spending

The EU “troika” has issued a report on Spains economy which says that progress in modernising the nations outdated social network is, whilst satisfactory, rather slow. It urges Spain to either up IVA again, or failing that, shift as many goods as it can into the high 21% band; slash social spending again, reign in the regions and increase the age of retirement once more. The EU calculates that Spain is currently running a 10 Continue reading EU tells Spain to put IVA up again, and slash social spending

No more EU cash for Andalucia, because they’ve been caught pinching it

Europe has finally decided that, yes, about 219 million euros of FEDER Eu funds granted to Andalucia between 1994 and 1997 seems to have gone missing. Andalucia was one of the largest benefectors of EU funds during this time, receiving about 3.3 billion which went towards roads, motorways, hospitals, schools, farms, etc, in an attempt to drag the place into the late 20th century. As you can imagine, with so much cash coming in, quite Continue reading No more EU cash for Andalucia, because they’ve been caught pinching it

EU citizens can’t legally get permission to reside in Andalucia at the moment

Confusion reigns for EU citizens trying to get their NIE numbers at the moment. Basically, Madrid has ordered that all foreigners coming to live in Spain must prove that they are able to support themselves, but then left it up to the regions of Spain to define “support themselves”. Despite the fact that the EU rules that all EU citizens have the right to live where they’d like to within the union. Seville, responsible for Continue reading EU citizens can’t legally get permission to reside in Andalucia at the moment

Spain will ask for bailout this weekend suggests reports

Spain is poised to make a request over the weekend for a financial package to prop up its troubled banks, it was reported today. The request would follow a conference call of eurozone finance ministers tomorrow, Reuters reported, citing two senior EU officials and one German source. A Eurogroup statement would also be released. “The announcement is expected for Saturday afternoon,” one of the EU officials said. A Spanish government official said: “We are not Continue reading Spain will ask for bailout this weekend suggests reports

Well, the AVE has been saved by Europe

Well, what do you know. Europe has, somewhat to my surprise, agreed to add the corredor mediterraneo to its European network plan, and will finish off the line. In fact, it’ s written a huge cheque to underwrite the Spanish and Portugese railways. The coastal line will run through the provinces of Barcelona, Tarragona, Castellón, Valencia, Alicante, Murcia and Almería before diverting inland to Granada and carrying on to Seville. The EU will pay for Continue reading Well, the AVE has been saved by Europe

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* * Pythagorean theorem: ……………………………………24 words. * * Lord’s prayer:…………………………………………………66 words. * * Archimedes’ Principle: …………………………………….67 words. * * 10 Commandments: ……………………………………….179 words. * * Gettysburg address:……………………………………….286 words. * * US Declaration of Independence : ……………………1,300 words. * * US Constitution with all 27 Amendments: …………. 7,818 words. * * EU regulations on the sale of cabbage:…………….. 26,911 words. SORT OF PUTS THINGS INTO PROPER PERSPECTIVE, DOESN’T IT?