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A general note I could have added in my first reply (when I stated I didn't expect any better). I think to some extent we are facing the institutional problems of the EU (the balance [that word again...] aand roles of the three branches of the EU), not simply ideological biases and fake commitment to consulting the public.

The Commission is in practice not entirely free in making policy. It is bound by stuff agreed on by the Council. That in this questionnaire the aim is for a common 'free' makret, and alternatives aren't even asked about, also reflects that the Commission is obliged to push that damned "Lisbon process".

I emphasize this is only an observation. It doesn't change anything on the need to criticise this practise.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Aug 2nd, 2006 at 08:29:42 AM EST
I entirely agree, and any discussion of the Green Paper itself should take this into account.

There's no doubt a problem of top-down market ideology, which is already apparent in the credos of the GP. But when that is crudely shifted over to the questionnaire, the result is disastrous.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Aug 2nd, 2006 at 08:41:23 AM EST
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