Bring me sunshine
THE European Commission is under fire from green campaigners and retailers for plans to extend duties on energy-efficient light bulbs from China.
The Chinese light bulbs have been subject to import duties since 2001, because the commission says the products are sold in EU markets for less than their true value.
Yesterday, EU commissioners met in Brussels and agreed to keep tariffs of 66 per cent in place, despite calls from green campaigners to bring down the price of energy-efficient light bulbs to encourage consumers to make greener choices.
Johannes Laitenberger, a spokesman for the commission, said it was in the "overall community interest" to keep the tariffs in place to help European manufacturers to adjust to "a changing market reality".
Could you explain it to me again how it is in my overall interest that I should pay more for my light bulbs so some slow witted Belgium lighbulb hewer can eventually notice there is a growing market for energy efficient light bulb?. No doubt the oligarch of the rare metal component of such bulbs will be along in a moment to explain how the subsidy keeps him in the lap of luxury having his grapes peeled for him under the Lusitanic sun.