Switzerland already more European than the UK?

Started Mar 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
Christoph Stephan
Christoph Stephan Veteran Member • Posts: 4,122
Re: Switzerland already more European than the UK?

papillon_65 wrote:

Wrong again. The EP is no mockery. It definitively has competences and representatives who work seriously. That politicians lie, or don't know better than the wrong things say tell, is unfortunately true, but not a pure EU phenomenon.

On the first point I won't be agreeing until someone can actually produce some accurate and credible accounts so we all know what is being spent and where.

On the second point I totally agree.

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For the person who is good with a hammer, everything in life tends to look like a nail.....

I worked in two EU-projects as a research assistant and can assure you that they hae the most painstaking procedure to account for everything, and for half-annual reporting. Wverything is also checked back again. Even in the proposal, you have to list everything and lay out to the tiniest detail what you are going to do, how much money and time in man-months it will cost. The reports are checked whether they meet the research results you have promised. Even the smallest deviation from the plan had to be justified. A pain in research, since by its very nature, you venture into the unknown. British funding bodies (NERC, BBSRC) have less stringent proceduresto the benefit of researchers.

Based on this, I assume everything kn the EU is well documented and accounted for, but it is so much paperwork that no one looks through...

I think the main drive for unification are not "left-wing" politicians, but the advantage for industry to have larger common markets with the same regulatory framework and the same currency.

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