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ECONOMICS by KRISS on 24 november 2016

EUROPE MY FOOT You rub my foot ? Europe my foot ! In my conception of the EU, its members aspired to assemble and form a USA like mega land where despite language barriers and deep economic cleavages, everything would work quite similarly as it does over the Atlantic.

My conception was very wrong.
I have lived in 3 different EU countries and now have some examples to illustrate what I mean.


Before anything I just want to point out that one of those 3 countries was the UK before Brexit which I never really considered as EU because of the GBP.
I believe many people over there never considered UK to be anything EU like, especially as regards to the currency !

Anyways, here is my list of EU nonsense :

1 Car circulation.

So supposedly people and goods are supposed to be able to circulate freely within the member states of the union (‘member ?).
However I have never found any insurance company willing to insure my car to freely circulate over 3 months in the EU.
Then, neither have I found a company willing to insure my car with a “foreign” plate… But I thought we were in Europe, free circulation and stuff, ‘member ? Worse, this at least applies to Spain, you need to change your plates to be able to insure your car after 3 months and this costs a lot.
The average car will cost around 700€ to do that.
Don’t worry, with the many EU citizens spending at least part of their time in Spain (the locals call us Giris), there is a well greased business around this and it’s not too difficult if you delegate the process to a third person whom you’ll pay of course.

2 Taxes and the like.

Ok let it be said I am not a lot into paperwork and I have little patience and interest for these things, I therefore delegate these things to a more competent person.
But from what I understand, you need to choose the EU country where you actually declare residence and you must spend a minimum of 6 months and 1 day in that country… As regards to freedom of circulation again, wrong.

3 Paperwork in general.

This is an issue I have been experiencing each time I changed countries within the EU : the need to produce a whole shitload of official papers, fully translated by some official approved authority of course (that comes not cheap), regardless that you actually own a valid passport… This really puzzles me.
In order to get a passport, you need to produce or have produced the papers in question (birth certificate, wedding certificate) so why would anyone ask them again when they can verify your passport (which I would think is a lot more difficult to counterfeit than a simple paper with a stamp).
This goes beyond my understanding but still you will be asked to produce these moving from one EU member state to another one.

So has it been made easier for people and goods to better circulate within the EU ? Certainly.
Can it still be improved ? An awful lot ! You have other similar example you’d like to share, use the comment section below !

#EU #myarse

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