Post by build
Has anyone pointed out how many of the EU Parliament recommendations are
taken up by the EU Commission? It's a very, very small number. Does
anyone know the numbers?
Presumably the large majority in favour of the Dodds amendment will give
the recommendation extra traction but the Commission does have considerable
latitude and can even reject a complaint for "lack of EU interest" after an
investigation has started.
Joe Saward summarises the situation rather well:
"The EU is not looking at this beyond the fact that the distribution of
revenues may be deemed to be anti-competitive. However, with the arrival of
Liberty, which is a listed company and keen to do things properly, this
problem will solve itself and thus the EU does not have to get involved.
The Competition people were slow to react to the complaints from the small
teams because they did not want to be involved. They want to be involved
even less now – because they can see that the problem will be solved. The
MEPs who are involved are going through the motions so as not to be accused
of not doing anything, but there is zero enthusiasm for this. In the worst
case scenario the problem would be easily solved with the $70 million going
into a fund for grassroots development, which no-one at the EU would object
I'm sure the whole thing will fizzle out.
"Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional"