Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Services

I came across this by chance:
Some rules make sense. In Britain [of course], for example, people installing gas boilers are required to undergo special safety training. But dozens of other regulations seem arbitrary or archaic. Several countries will only grant telecommunications service licenses to residents, for example. Belgium, for one, requires many types of service companies, including advertising agencies, to notify authorities any time they send people to Brussels to work for a client there, giving details of their names and how long they'll be working in the country.
Strange, though, they don't mention Frits Bolkestein (interviewed on France Inter this morning). As France Inter noted, perhaps the fact that he has given his name to the services directive partly explains the venom with which the French, falling back on hatred of la Boche, have opposed it.

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