Wednesday, 10 November 2010

EU Judges Rule - OK?

The FT reports that the European Court of Justice has ruled that publication of databases listing recipients of agricultural subsidies breached farmers’ human rights.

Admitting that subsidies are public money, they obviously do not believe that the public has the right to know where their money is being spent. They also make the illogical judgement that 'citizens' who wish to know where EU money is spent use databases - yet their ruling means that the information sought will not appear on any database!

Illogical ruling, illogical system of government - no wonder we are not allowed a vote on our participation! 

Update: EUobserver also reports on this and states:
"Germany and Ireland on Tuesday promptly took down the websites listing all the beneficiaries, despite the court ruling only relating to individuals, not companies or associations."
Presumably, in the name of transparency, this was done on the basis that if they can't list some of the information, why bother listing any of it!

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