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What a circus …..

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Comments made by UK officials “that a total ban on wild animals in circuses might well be seen as disproportionate under the EU Services Directive ……” are interesting. The EU rules ensure services can be easily provided across borders. But there are of course valid reasons for exceptions to the rules and restrictions are allowed.

The Commission can never say in advance whether a law will be OK or not. Of course, Commission officials are standing ready to discuss the matter with the UK government.

Circus performers must wear hard hats

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003

Circus performer must walk tightrope in hard hat, says Brussels
(The Times, 23 July 2003, page 11)
A tightrope-walker says that his career has been placed in jeopardy by legislation originating in Brussels which dictates that he must wear a hard hat to perform.

New EU laws have been introduced to protect workers who operate at height, but there is no mention of hard hats or circus performers in these rules. Any newspapers, employers or insurers who are interpreting the legislation in such a manner are acting mistakenly.

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Please note that all statements in all entries were correct on the date of publication given. However, older archived posts are not systematically updated in the light of later developments, for example changes to EU law.

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