If you look at the current state of Europe, you see the EU struggling to salvage its plummeting approval rate with an increasingly Eurosceptic population as austerity measures breed contempt and unrest, fiscal catastrophes and unemployment drive the people of Europe into disillusionment with the project entirely. Despite facing the brink of collapse, the European Commission seems to have to the time to pass legislation that bans refillable olive oil jugs and bowls in favour of pre-packaged containers, instead of grasping the issues their union faces. The international organisation that claims as one its objective the support of European culture, now intends to do away with an iconic feature of Mediterranean dining. This baffling move is just another absurdity in a long history of absurd European directives.
It is difficult to see, with all the problems that are plaguing Europe at the moment, why the Commission is focusing on olive oil. The justification they give is ‘consumer protection’, and to ensure that the olive oil diners get is not swapped with an inferior sort. Yet the rest of Europe could do with a display of actual attempts to fix the mess that the Union has inflicted on the Member States. It is profoundly unlikely that olive oil is near the top of the concerns of the people of southern Europe, swarming with riots and protests as it is. This move is as good a display of the deficiency of European ‘democracy’ as any, as well as how out of touch the leadership is from the concerns of the ordinary citizen within the EU.