Letter to the Editor of the Daily Mail, sent on 29th November 2011
There is and will be no EU ban on cow gut violin strings. (Bach-ing mad, 28 Nov). Gut from the EU and elsewhere can be used. There are restrictions on bovine intestines from countries whose anti-BSE safeguards are not recognised as adequate. This is to protect against a fatal disease. EU law allows exemptions for non-food use. Hard to see what is “mad” about that.
You also say the European Commission wants UK taxpayers to pay “tens of billions of pounds a year” to make buildings “greener”. First, the extra cost is under £5 billion a year – for the whole EU. Second, such investments create jobs and pay for themselves through energy savings. Third, all EU Member States – including the UK – agree energy efficiency is a top priority. They – not “Brussels” – will decide on these proposals.
Head of Media
European Commission Office in London
A similar letter was sent to the Daily Telegraph