Thursday 7 May 2009

EU reading for metric martyrs

If you want to experience how the style of legal texts differs from the prose of tabloids and certain blogs, you can take a look at Directive 2009/3/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 March 2009 amending Council Directive 80/181/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to units of measurement.

Since the subject matter is the degree of harmonisation (approximation) of laws in the internal market, this text has EEA relevance.

The text may evoke nostalgic feelings among the heroic defenders of English milk bottles and other metric martyrs.

The amending Directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) 7.5.2009 L 114/10.

Ralf Grahn


  1. Can you please explain why you think that "defenders of English milk bottle" are heroic? There is nothing heroic whatsoever in ensuring that yet another generation of British schoolchildren will continue to be confused by two systems of measurements, thus ensuring that when they reach age of employment that they will often have little or no understanding of SI units that are used by the modern world.

  2. Virtual Llama,

    I have to admit that humour and irony easily fall flat, such as in your reception of my portrayal of the way somequarters described the anti-standardisation activists.

    On a more serious note, I wanted to draw attention to one of the important activities in the internal market, i.e. standardisation.


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