Berlin rejects 'Made in EU'
13 January 2004 ,
13 January 2004
BERLIN - The German government Tuesday rejected moves by the European Union to stamp "Made in EU" on all goods produced in the bloc and possibly do away with national labels such as "Made in Germany."
In a coordinated stand against Brussels, both the German justice ministry and ministry for education and research issued statements slamming the idea.
"'Made in Germany' has got to stay," declared Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries, adding the label was an international symbol for quality.
Education and Research Minister Edelgard Buhlmann was equally adamant: "The designation ... is not replaceable," she said.
German business leaders have been up in arms over the proposal announced Monday by the European Commission in Brussels.
European Union officials say the move would help promote the bloc's international image.
On Monday a German business leader sharply attacked a European Union proposal.
"A watered down EU product label would be a massive disadvantage," said Mario Ohoven, head of the Federal Association of Germany's "Mittelstand". It is an association of small and medium- sized industries which form the nation's economic cornerstone.
Ohoven warned that such a move would "cut Germany's economic backbone to the quick" and called on German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to take a tough stance on the issue.
A spokeswoman for European Commissioner for trade, Pascal Lamy, said no final decision had been made yet, but that Brussels was evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of such a move.
Subject: German news