Throughout the years the EU has come up with some crazy laws and naturally the press runs blindly with it. Here at Euroscope HQ we’ve picked some of the strangest laws reported and digged to find if they are really in place.
The Bendy Banana Law: TRUE:
In 1994 the European Commission set quality standards for Bananas, formally known as Commission Regulation (EC) No. 2257/94, the regulation stated the minimum standards for bananas and came into effect in 1995. The specification was replaced by the Commission Implementing Regulation No 1333/2011 which further laid down marketing standards for bananas. The main points of the regulations were bananas sold should be green and unripened, should have a minimum size of 14cm, should be pest free and free from excessive curvature.
8 year olds banned from blowing up: FALSE:
In 2011 several newspapers reported that the EU toy safety directive said that balloons must not be blown up unsupervised by children under the age of eight due to choking hazards. The Commission released a statement confirming that the safety rules have been in place since 1998. They are in place to ensure that balloons made of latex carry a warning to prevent children from choking, after several fatal accidents in relation were reported. The new directive that the press were reporting on were simply in place to maintain the warnings and keep protection high.
Water Regulation: TRUE:
Commission Regulation No. 1170/2011 showed a refusal to authorise health claims and reference to the reduction of disease risk made on foods sold in the EU. One of the more notable areas of the regulation is prohibiting companies from claiming that regular consumption of water can reduce the development of dehydration.
Banning photos of famous EU Landmarks: FALSE
In the summer of 2015 the press reported that a proposed EU law could potentially mean you would have to blackout monuments, such as the London Eye from your holiday snaps to avoid breaching the copyrights of its architects. Gaining a high press following, the story in fact ran off a single German MEPs suggestion to widen the Freedom of Panorama to every EU country. The freedom allows photographers to take pictures of monuments as they please and is only applicable in countries such as the UK, Spain and Germany. However fellow MEPs disagreed that commercial use of photographs should have authorisation from owners of the landmark. MEPs. The only eventuality of the case was that the European Parliament rejected an amendment to limit the freedom of panorama.