Regarding your front page of today, only 2 buildings in the UK are expected to fly the European flag for Europe Day and the Commission would not fine countries that did not do so. The rules that make this provision were passed in 2006 by all EU countries, including the UK. No other public building has to fly the flag on 9 May though some may choose to do so. Some schools want to do something to mark the day and ask us for ideas. We send these purely on demand and they in no way constitute “instructions”.
Jonathan Scheele, Head of European Commission Representation in the UK
Michael Shackleton, Head of European Parliament Information Office in the UK
UPDATE (5:30pm) – The Editor of The Daily Express have declined to publish our letterLetter to the Editor of The Daily Express re article 'EU flag rules: We're poles apart' on 4th May 2011,