EUROPA – PRESS RELEASES – Press release – European Commission adopts ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Cyprus on using EU Structural and Investment Funds for growth and jobs in 2014-2020

The legislative triangle of the European Union

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This is a MUST READ press release from the European Commission who  are planning to give Cyprus EUR700 million.   via

EUROPA – PRESS RELEASES – Press release – European Commission adopts ‘Partnership Agreement’ with Cyprus on using EU Structural and Investment Funds for growth and jobs in 2014-2020.

The press release will be of interest to those interested in both Cyprus and EU reform.

Whilst the EUR700 is good news, it will no doubt come with qualifications from the various EU funds. Careful reading of the document shows that the approach is “The EU has lots of money, guys how can we give some to poor old Cyprus?”.

There is no evidence of a strategic review of Cyprus. Indeed the press release fails to mention Cyprus huge offshore gas reserves.

If the EU were giving out aide in response to strategic requirements of the EU and Cyprus, it would focus on both offshore oil and gas.

Given the overall context of Europe’s crisis, the size of the EU’s available funding and the strategic importance of investing in Cyprus’ energy sector, the promised EUR 700 million is far too small.

Clearly, the EU process is paternalistic and political, so the strategic needs of both Europe and Cyprus have not really been considered. This, of course, brings into serious question the effectiveness of the European Commission.

Any thoughts?

Thousands of tonnes of saturated fat to be taken out of the nation’s diet – Press releases – GOV.UK

Schematic detail of adjoining saturated carbon...

Schematic detail of adjoining saturated carbon atoms. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

English: Keep Calm and Carry On UK government ...

English: Keep Calm and Carry On UK government poster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

This press release from the UK’s Department of Health (DOH)  is a MUST READ article in my view. Check it out!

 

via Thousands of tonnes of saturated fat to be taken out of the nation’s diet – Press releases – GOV.UK.

 

As I read the article, my initial reaction was that the DOH should be congratulated on an excellent initiative and then my my pondered the wider social implications.

 

As I read the list of major companies and their products cited in the press release, I got more angry.

 

At the simplest level, I wonder if consumers realize that these products are harmful? Should they contain health warnings like cigarettes?

 

Then I focused on the quantity of saturated fat to be taken from the nation’s diet. What the spin-masters at the DOH failed to identify was whether this represented 1%, 10% or 50% of the nation’s consumption of saturated fat. So my personal conclusion is that the result is probably a compromise following heavy lobbying from the food industry.

 

Let me turn this to an open question:

 

How should the UK Government effectively regulate to eliminate harmful products and substances from the human health chain?

Health

Health (Photo credit: 401(K) 2013)

 

Any thoughts?

 

 

 

 

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