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EU law bans church bells

Church bells are silenced by fear of EU law Complaints by new residents have silenced the church bells in a small country town after the vicar feared the chimes could be breaking European law.
(The Daily Telegraph, 17 October 2002, page 7)

The vicar in this story turns out to be concerned that the complainants could bring a case against the noise of the church bells in the European Court of Human Rights – an institution completely separate from the EU. This court, along with the European Convention on Human Rights (the body of law on which cases brought before it are based upon), both derive from the Council of Europe, not from the EU.