Monday, June 05, 2006

La vie est belle for some

Q. What do Belgians and the European Union have in common?
A. Both seem to take every available opportunity not to work.

Over the last 5 or so weeks, there have been a total of 5 bank holidays. Some are just Belgian holidays, which the Parliament follows, but others are European ones that they add on top.

On one occasion a couple of weeks ago, one holiday happened to fall on a Thursday, and as I turned up to work in the Parliament on the following day, I found all the lights off. The Parliament decided to get one up on the rest of Belgium by making a long weekend of it.

On top of this, much of the European Parliament and Commission civil service don't have to work Friday afternoons, they pay minimal income tax of around 6%, take long paid holiays and have a job for life. One doesn't have to think too hard as to why those who manage to get a job and make all the regulations are institutionalised and love the project, yet can't understand why there is a problem of communication between the EU and joe Public.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And you can't even sign your non-Parliament mates in on a bank holiday to take advantage of no-one being here and trash the place!

June 08, 2006 11:05 am  

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