July 26, 2005
(Note: I have not found a direct link to a news source on this. Take this information for what you will. It could be an elaborate joke, I haven’t done the research to vet this)…
Slovakia and Hungary are being served notice that the Commission is about to take them to the European Court of Justice for not complying with certain parts of EU legislation.
Apparently, neither country has implemented a number of directives on maritime safety. Slovakia is being warned about having no legislation to do with passenger ships and prevention of pollution.
Hungary has no “availability of port facilities for ship-generated waste”. Actually, Hungary has no ports or ships, being land-locked, as is Slovakia. That, apparently, is not the point.
This is why I like the ISO9000 framework. They give a general outline of certain things a company should do, and certain procedures that are expected. But they leave the details to the company itself, and just oversee that it meets the general framework. Likewise, in the US, we have a Constitution designed to be a general framework, and states, localities, and individuals are asked to follow the framework, with the Supreme Court overseeing whether that framework is followed.
The EU, however, went the opposite direction. If everything is decided, legislated, and uniform, from the top down, what do you do when something doesn’t meet the model? It sounds to me like they’re trying to fit a square peg in an round hole. Follows along the lines of their 448-page Constitution, doesn’t it?
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