The consumer is incompetent, the European Commission thinks

Petr Mach's book "How to Quit the EU" was released on the Internet in PDF format. (Not only) for those of you who are hesitant about reading Mr Mach's book, here's a little taste - part of a book that discusses the EU's approach to the market and free trade.

Petr Mach: How to leave the EU
Petr Mach: How to leave the EU

Free trade guarantee

The requirement of free international trade is one of the basic principles of classical liberalism. This requirement is based on the philosophical principle of individual freedom and on the economic knowledge of the effectiveness of the international division of labor through the use of comparative advantages. Especially for a smaller country such as the Czech Republic, openness to foreign trade is key. It would be inefficient to close oneself to the world and exclude oneself from a beneficial international division of labor. Although many promised the European Union to expand their freedom trade, the opposite has become true.

Many thought that we would not need customs officers after joining the EU. Today, the customs administration is more powerful than ever before, has XNUMX employees and, instead of operating only at the border, controls the cars of merchants anywhere in the country. While we can import goods within the EU duty-free, the EU is entrenched in a system of production restrictions and quotas and is heavily closed to world trade with high tariffs and other barriers.

The European Union does not, in principle, profess the classic principle of free trade.

Instead of a free market, it develops the concept of the internal market. Virtually any harmonization directive, from the ban on light bulbs to the regulation of telephone service prices, refers to Article 94 Of the Treaty establishing the European Community: "The European Parliament and the Council… shall adopt measures for the approximation of the provisions laid down by law, regulation or administrative action Member States whose purpose is to establish and operate internal market."

E.g. Under the EU's Common Agricultural Policy, production quotas are allocated to individual Member States and prices are regulated through intervention buying: the EU centrally controls in which Member State how much sugar is grown, how much butter is to be bought, how much is to be bought in which Member State import bananas, how big the cages for hens must be when making eggs. According to the European Commission half of all goods are already subject to some European regulation on the EU market.

This ratio is increasing rapidly. As the European Commission states in its proposal for a new directive, "consumers often they cannot correctly assess which product is more economical94 Article XNUMX and 95 of the Treaty allows the European Union to regulate matters the subject is the functioning of the internal market. This applies to all aspects production, products and consumption throughout the European Union."The new directive presented by the European Commission to the Council is intended to enable the Commission to regulate a whole new huge range of goods, from windows to toilet flushes.

Any such regulation restricts consumer choice and pushes cheaper goods out of the market. The consumer should no longer be allowed to buy a cheap flush with a simple flush, he must buy a more expensive flush with a choice of the volume of water discharged.

The internal market has essentially nothing to do with the idea of ​​a free market. The internal market means a large economic bloc subject to uniform regulation, which competes with other blocs in the size of gross domestic product and thus in the degree of global political power. The logical manifestation of the "bloc" thinking of the European Union is the tendency to expand its own jurisdiction, accompanied in parallel by protectionism towards the outside world and the pursuit of autarky.

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