Today we learn from Open Europe of the 175,000 people involved in forming and enforcing EU legislation – far more than the EU normally puts out in its propoganda. The BBC did its best to discredit this low figure on the Today programme by refusing to understand how it was arrived at and trying to sugest wrongly it includes all the private sector lobbyists and business people who have to waste their time responding. BBC Journalists should try reading the document and not have to spend the whole interview establishing simple facts. They should have debated the wisdom and suitability of so many people involved in all this rule making.
The facts are that 175,000 people are wholly or partially empoyed on EU bodies involved in developing and enforcing EU rules. We pay as taxpayers for their salaries and expenses. To give the full picture of the costs of this huge bureaucracy we should add to that
a) The costs of all the officials in Member States governments working in their own countries on forming positons, negotiaiting and enforcing – that would be a mutliple of the 175,000 and is yet another direct cost to the taxpayer
b) the costs on all the businesses who then have to respond to and conform with the rules – a further multiple of the 175,000 which we pay for in the prices of goods and services
c) the private sectors costs of lobbyists, lawyers, consultants to try to see off inappropriate rules and to respond to the ones that are passed.