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Mikhail Zadornov: the smell of the West. Part of 3 (continued)

Mikhail Zadornov: the smell of the West. Part of 3 (continued)

The strict EU rules regarding the type and quality of products, introduced in 1980's, were called cucumber, because of the absurd requirement for cucumbers to bend no more than 10 mm. The same instructions prescribe the correct size of eggplants: in one package, the difference between the largest and the smallest vegetables should not exceed 20 mm for oblong eggplants and 25 mm for round ones. Pears should be no less than 56 mm in diameter, the same diameter is required from peaches. Standards for fruits and vegetables were introduced in order to facilitate packaging and transportation. For many years, these tough rules were a popular argument against opponents of European integration.

Now, instead of 36, the EU proposes to regulate only ten. In the near future, this initiative will be put to a vote in the European Parliament. Producers will be able to independently divide into two varieties, and not throw out a number of vegetables. But for apples, citrus fruits, kiwi, lettuce, peaches, nectarines, pears, strawberries, sweet peppers, table grapes and tomatoes, standards will remain.

Quite a reasonable initiative by the European Commission came across unexpected resistance from some EU member states. Germany, France, Hungary, Italy and Spain are against such changes. They believe that existing standards are a compromise between consumers and manufacturers. According to Fisher Boyle’s entourage, the European Commissioner was very surprised by this position, because food prices are rising, and second-class goods could improve the quality of life of poor people. So she decided to push her own initiative. The mood in the European Parliament is such that Fisher Boyle can win.

Most pleased with the innovations in Britain. “Well, finally, we can buy crooked cucumbers in stores! Hurray to the European Union! But I guarantee that Euroskeptics will now start shouting that Brussels infringes on their rights to buy even cucumbers, ”former British Minister for Europe Denis McShane told Reuters.

New EU rules

Bananas should be of a normal bend with no visible defect. A second-class product is allowed to have appearance defects.

Cucumbers should be bent no more than 10 mm for every 10 cm length. The second class is allowed to double the rate

Carrots with a diameter of less than 1,9 cm should be labeled as “dwarf” or discarded.


Latvian public figure and candidate of the European Parliament Normund Ozolins - excerpts from an interview with the portal "Window to Russia".

“The rules for joining the EU are not hidden from anyone, they can always be known in advance. Before joining the EU, all candidate countries sign commitments to adhere to a common European policy in one area or another, to have a functioning market economy, and its producers to be “sufficiently competitive” to work in the conditions of the European Union. In the market sphere, the conditions for joining the EU are the rejection of “soft” banking restrictions, reduction of the state budget deficit, abolition of the state monopoly on exports, free entry to the market, removal of subsidies for goods sold, privatization of enterprises, the autonomous position of the Central Bank, the introduction of an effective tax system ... .

But in fact, everything turns out to be exactly the opposite! Upon entry, the old EU members imposed very harsh conditions on newcomers. They concerned the restriction of production in agriculture and industry. And often it was done in a hidden way - through strict standards. If a pig is fed not according to the ration or schedule of the EU, it is rejected, and selling it even on the domestic market is already very problematic, often completely impossible. If the shape, color and size of a tomato, cucumber or pea do not meet EU standards, products are rejected and destroyed. ”

“A number of Lithuanian pig farms were threatened with closure due to the lack of pigs ... toys!”

“What is the result of blindly following EU rules?” Our country was flooded with imported food of far from better quality, displacing our own, which is much tastier and healthier. The EU dictates what kind of vegetables and fruits we should bring into our country. The first restriction Latvia received after joining the EU was bananas. We began to buy them in the framework of European quotas, and only at the rigid prices of the EU. Dear and not the best quality.

We got idiotic standards for the shape and size of vegetables and fruits, which are allowed to sell in stores. A crooked cucumber or a small apple is not a product! But unrealistically ideal-shaped fruit pumped with chemicals so that they do not rot for months is exactly what we should happily eat ... Besides, Latvia, since in the West we are classified as third world countries, does not receive products of the highest quality - only second-class and below (who does not believe, can see the price tags in any supermarket - small “2 grade” is written on almost everybody). It is also sad that almost all trading networks in our country are strangers. ”

“In the early years of their stay in the European Union, all the Baltic countries had surplus stocks of agricultural products: dairy, meat, vegetables, and wine. All this abundance was accumulated prior to joining the EU and with its presence it kept food prices down. But the cunning Brusselsians invented fines on this - in 2007, the European Commission fined Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia with 3,182 million euros each. The grounds - in the negotiations, the acceding countries pledged not to create stocks of products. ..

And to take the same quota of milk - you can not produce dairy products more than allowed by Brussels. This is done to ensure that there is no overproduction in the EU. What is this free market? But this very overproduction would inevitably cause a decrease in prices for dairy products. But prices are rising, and cows are not allowed to breed more. Yes, and to our very milk, EU officials have big complaints, it also does not fit into European quality standards - too ... fat. ”

“When joining the European Union, Latvia lost all of its sugar factories in Liepaja, Jekabpils, and Jelgava. They completely covered the domestic market, product quality was much higher than imported sugar, and they provided jobs for 330 farms, not counting other related industries. In fact, sugar used to be produced in 23 EU countries, and now all plants in Latvia, Portugal, Ireland, Bulgaria and Slovenia are closed - this is how the EU gets rid of competitors. Since 2009, Riga has been trying to get the right to produce sugar again. A proposal to open at least one sugar factory was sent to Brussels, but the European Commission decided that the emergence of sugar factories in Latvia was excluded.

We should not forget the fishing quotas: a huge number of fishing vessels were sent to scrap metal, and the fishermen were forced to leave the country in search of new work. ”

“According to the EU norms, the state has no right to support a single manufacturer. The state can help enterprises only in three cases: in innovative programs, programs for the protection of nature and ... in closing the enterprise. As a result, experience has shown that joining the EU in any country leads to the closure of industries, the elimination of agriculture, the cutting of livestock, the cutting of wood and the looting of other natural resources by foreign companies.

Moreover, if it is in spite of Brussels to start sowing empty fields, then the EU has a so-called “correspondence tax”, which the authorities are obliged to levy recalcitrant peasants and deduct it to Brussels, but then the proceeds for the crop do not cover the costs.

And this is not the only barrier in the EU: among other things, the EU countries transfer 75% of the amounts of duties withheld to the EU budget, keeping only 25% for administrative expenses. Huge amounts of customs fees flowed to Brussels past the national budget. Commodities - fuel, mineral products, metals, plastics and products from them, chemical products - after Latvia’s accession to the EU come to us at much higher prices. At the same time, they also quota.

And one more nuance: in addition to the EU destroying our industry, those enterprises that still miraculously remain afloat, selling their products outside the EU markets (for example, in Russia or China), are forced to put up with higher duties on their products. "

“Another echelon of protection of the EU market from manufacturers of countries“ beginners ”is exorbitantly high prices for electricity and energy carriers. It also dramatically increases the cost of production, making it noncompetitive. In all actions with regard to the “newcomers” countries, the desire of Western partners to completely eliminate even the theoretical possibility of developing something in the energy sector is clearly visible. For example, Bulgaria was an electricity exporter - it sold electricity to Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Albania, and Italy. This was possible thanks to the only Kozloduy nuclear power plant in the country. As soon as Bulgaria began negotiations on joining the EU, it immediately received a tough condition: it must first close the 4 power unit from 6 at the NPP, and later completely eliminate the station. All conditions have been met. Now Bulgaria buys electricity on the foreign market many times more expensive than its real value.

Further more interesting - plumbing and sewage sold to the French, the Czechs, Austrians and Germans, the copper mines went to the Belgians. The gold mine was sold to a Canadian firm, and now the state receives only 2 percent of the volume. But the entire mining accounting is classified, and it is not known from what amount these 2 percentages count.

Bulgaria’s agriculture has also been destroyed. At one time, the “world's best tomato republic” does not produce tomatoes at all! Up to 80, percent of all fruits and vegetables are imported, and Bulgaria has become the most impoverished country. ”
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  1. JIaIIoTb
    JIaIIoTb April 2 2014 07: 12
    Their order is like in the Army, while you "spirit" will "scratch" the heels of the "grandfathers" of the European Union.
    And you will always be "spirits" wink
    1. TEODOR
      TEODOR April 2 2014 11: 01
      Quote: JIaIIoTb
      Their order is like in the Army, while you "spirit" will "scratch" the heels of the "grandfathers" of the European Union.
      And you will always be "spirits" wink

      And the people of these countries understand everything and the main market of these countries, Russia and China. Already there are demonstrations on the exit of New Euro countries from the European Union. The Customs Union is paying more attention to itself. So in GEYROPP, everyone is doing the right thing, crushing the economies of these countries, they are filling up their market with unfriendly cheap labor, and forcing the population of these countries to look towards the east. Keep it up! And soon the Customs Union replenished with new members.
      PS For entering countries such as Estonia and Latvia to put forward special political requirements in the Trade Union.
      1. Ross
        Ross April 2 2014 11: 45
        When the state lacks common sense, it is replaced by the opinion of numerous officials tied to corruption. Hence the mass madhouse, there is no real owner of the country. And the union of numerous small countries is the EU, just a paradise for officials and businessmen feeding them bribes.
        1. Vasyan1971
          Vasyan1971 April 2 2014 22: 23
          And what has common sense. The old Teutonic dream "Ordnung East Ordnung" is just coming true not only in Germany, but in the vastness of all of Europe. And absurd laws and requirements are needed to break the will. And the time will come when the close system of the EU, printing a step and not thinking, without reasoning, will rush wherever they say, they will show. But where? ...
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  2. Alexander_
    Alexander_ April 2 2014 07: 17
    Russian cucumber turned the other way.
    1. TEODOR
      TEODOR April 2 2014 21: 29
      Quote: Alexander_
      Russian cucumber turned the other way.

      Russian cucumber does not bend)
  3. thrower
    thrower April 2 2014 07: 19
    It seems the European Union decided to defeat Zadornov in the field of satire and humor. And they have funnier jokes. They will come to us with a concert - I will definitely go.

    But seriously - the Baltic states are not sorry, this is their choice. Only here the gas and oil that they receive from us need to be sent to China, it is needed there.
  4. Name
    Name April 2 2014 07: 21
    Probably, there will be no harm if you simply refuse from the WTO, against the background of "sanctions" from .... And let the liver "lick" all. lol
  5. Wedmak
    Wedmak April 2 2014 07: 22
    Yeah .. still amazed at how stupid it is to destroy your own nuclear power plant. I wonder how much the rollback cost for such an action.
  6. Lk17619
    Lk17619 April 2 2014 07: 25
    After reading it, you can say: you are going the right way "country of free fat", 2 years and there will be no country like Ukraine at all. The historical essence seems to be returning, part of the "free fat" will be in Poland, Romania, part in Russia. Eh, we would also have expelled Russia from the WTO ...
  7. sasha.28blaga
    sasha.28blaga April 2 2014 07: 35
    Yes, they are idiots, lured them with the word Euro, now they are also Euros.
  8. afdjhbn67
    afdjhbn67 April 2 2014 07: 41
    yes issued a comrade .. article plus a big but more like economists look like Glazyev, Delyagin somehow without satire and humor ...
  9. mamont5
    mamont5 April 2 2014 07: 44
    Well, why does Ukraine not see this? Why do they need to step on the rake themselves?
    Or not believing, and everyone considers Russian propaganda?
    1. thrower
      thrower April 2 2014 07: 52
      They don’t show, they don’t see. It is not clear why we do not want to know for ourselves.
  10. Harlok
    Harlok April 2 2014 07: 54
    colonial regime in action
  11. Warlock_r
    Warlock_r April 2 2014 07: 59
    In such a situation, we then climbed into the WTO? Brussels feed and destroy their industry? Maybe it's time to close this shop: we have nothing to eat ourselves, and we also sponsor the WTO. Altruists, damn it.
    1. inkass_98
      inkass_98 April 2 2014 12: 02
      Quote: Warlock_r
      In such a situation, we then climbed into the WTO? Brussels feed and destroy their industry?

      The WTO has nothing to do with Brussels (the European Union), since it is the World Trade Organization. And membership in it has its pros and cons.
  12. Quantum
    Quantum April 2 2014 07: 59
    This picture of a happy life in the EU should be hung in every hut
    Ukrainian, especially zapadentsa.Not help, however. Already painfully slagged
    brains of an ordinary Ukrainian.
  13. NOMADE
    NOMADE April 2 2014 08: 06
    Nda, thanks for the article, I didn't know a lot .. This is "razvodilovo"!
  14. Sevastopol
    Sevastopol April 2 2014 08: 54
    The topic of sugar will be very relevant for Ukraine!
    And about the cucumbers:
    Women in the market -
    - I’m thinner and more authentic
    -And I’m shorter and thicker
    -And I don’t care what, for a salad
  15. borisjdin1957
    borisjdin1957 April 2 2014 08: 58
    from the Don.
    Our cucumber curve, see 15-25, and turned towards the West!
  16. serge
    serge April 2 2014 09: 02
    Julius Caesar also said: "It is better to be the first in the village than the last in the city." In the USSR (far from a village, as you know) the Balts were the first, in the EU - the last. History teaches nothing fools.
  17. maxim1
    maxim1 April 2 2014 09: 07
    As they say - mother, mother, mother answered the echo.
    The author was intrigued ... What, in fact, are the advantages of joining the EU?
    The fact that industry is barking in Ukraine was already so clear. So, it turns out, agriculture will die too.
    So what is the sweetness of the EU ??
    We have already joined - now in the shit ... oh, then in the party. Now where do we want to join?
    1. NOMADE
      NOMADE April 2 2014 09: 22
      "We have already entered - now in gov ... oh, now in the party Where do we want to join now?" - that's exactly in gov..0.
      This is a tough "razvodilovo", Geyrope, we need new markets for our products. Therefore, if Ukraine "joins", it will lose all industry and agriculture. The IMF will issue loans, but there will be nothing to pay, they will take factories, land and resources. As a result, there will be no independent country. All "kaput" fell into the slavery of the XXI century ..
  18. Uncle lee
    Uncle lee April 2 2014 09: 20
    This "razvodilovo" has long been known, examples: Bulgaria, Romania, scraps of Yugoslavia, etc., etc. European MMM, in one word!
  19. TAMERLAN 7
    TAMERLAN 7 April 2 2014 10: 28
    This is hopeless! How many I did not explain what Europe is ... - at best they look like a patient! It’s like with the USSR, while it was, everyone ached - badly, how it fell apart - in general it is very bad! Until they plunge into Europe, they will not believe!
  20. annodomene
    annodomene April 2 2014 11: 23
    But now everyone is so European Union that there is nowhere else. Sorry for being rude - soon there will be nothing to eat, but all the same - to lick the EU's ass (basically it concerns Latvia !!!)
  21. Electronics
    Electronics April 2 2014 11: 36
    What are we (people) sometimes spineless, naive and not far-sighted :( and from our own good, we are looking for someone else ... we find and it is not at all good (
  22. Mainbeam
    Mainbeam April 2 2014 11: 55
    A lot has been written about the European Union, as countries entering it lose their production. I don’t even know what are the advantages of joining the EU, except for a visa-free regime. Destroyed industry, agriculture. Previously, these were almost self-sufficient countries, with large export and import turnover. Now these are all subsidized territorial formations. Nothing is developing freely, except for tourism.

    Bulgaria was an exporter of electricity ... As soon as Bulgaria began negotiations on accession to the EU, it immediately received a tough condition: it must first close the 4 power unit from 6 to nuclear power plants, and later completely eliminate the station. Now Bulgaria is buying electricity on the foreign market many times more expensive than its real value.

    He would also relishly write about the WTO.
  23. Zomanus
    Zomanus April 2 2014 23: 53
    Zapadentsev on this do not care. They already produce nothing. Their agricultural production would just feed themselves. So they will only benefit from joining the EU, but ... Western regions receive subsidies from the budget, and not a little. And these subsidies are formed from the profit. And profit is generated from the sale of nishtyaks produced in the eastern and southeastern regions. Of course it was drop dead when there was a Soviet legacy that could sell off Russian gas, which could not be paid for. The infrastructure was not updated, only emergency repairs. It was from this that I got the feeling that money will always be enough. Only now it turned out that there were practically no nishtyaks left from the union, for some reason the gas went up and they don’t want to give it for free. And soon the communal will collapse will start at an accelerated pace. In short, if by that time Ukrainians do not have time to join the European Union, it will be bad for them. If you have time, in general there will be p-ts.
  24. Mkhitar
    Mkhitar April 4 2014 00: 32
    It remains to introduce standards for the size and weight of feces excreted by Euroorganisms with the appropriate division into 1 grade (from some Germans, or French) and 2 grade (Lithuanians, Bulgarians, etc., respectively). Such a high physiological and democratic achievement will give an extra reason for the local shit to be proud of the pace of their civilizational development, and the other backward part of humanity will continue to be jealously jealous of them not with standardized low-grade shit ...
  25. Serg7281
    Serg7281 April 5 2014 20: 18
    Sometimes it also happens that you have to step on a rake on purpose and earn a bump on your forehead and thereby earn much-needed life experience .... but people are not to blame for the fact that their government is only gaining life mushrooms this way