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No ban on cow gut violin strings and no massive ‘green’ burden for UK taxpayers

November 29th, 2011

Letter to the Editor of the Daily Mail, sent on 29th November 2011

Dear Sir

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.

Many thanks

Mark English

Head of Media
European Commission Office in London

A similar letter was sent to the Daily Telegraph

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