Bolkestein: la bandiera inglese, sui giornali di mezza europa

Questa sera gli stabilimenti balneari ammainano la bandiera inglese, allusione all’uscita della Gran Bretagna dall’Unione Europea e silenziosa protesta contro la Bolkestein e l’ottusità dell’Europa nel considerare le realtà dei singoli Paesi. La protesta della bandiera inglese ideata dal sindacato Sib ligure. ha avuto un eco inimmaginabile. Non tanto per l’inevitabile curiosità dei clienti italiani che chiedevano perché gli stabilimenti balneari avesse issato la bandiera inglese. Dice Massimo Stasio, noto gestore balneare e presidente del Sib: “Dopo che il Financial Times ha pubblicato la notizia, la stampa europea l’ha ripresa e divulgato la notizia della nostra inconsueta protesta. Ne ha parlato anche la stampa russa. L’idea quindi è stata vincente perché siamo riusciti ad attirare l’attenzione della stampa europea e a spiegare i motivi della nostra protesta. Abbiamo ricevuto molte manifestazioni di simpatia, incoraggiamento e solidarietà. Le bandiere saranno ammainate queste sera o domani al massimo”.

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epa05450964 British Union flag fly alonside the Italian flag on poles on the beaches of Genoa during a protest by seaside managers, against the Bolkestein European law or EU Services Directive, the possibility of public lands being acquired by foreign companies, in Genoa, Italy, 01 August 2016. The EU Services Directive aims to create a free market for the services sector. EPA/LUCA ZENNARO

The EU Services Directive aims to create a free market for the services sector. Epa/Luca Zennaro

British Union flag fly alonside the Italian flag on poles on the beaches of Genoa | Luca Zennaro/EPA
Businesses along Italian coast raise Union Jack in EU protest
EU law threatens to open a quintessentially Italian beach business up to multinational competition.

By Sara Stefanini
Beach businesses along the Italian Riviera are flying the Union Jack to protest EU laws that would open them up to competition from around the world.

“We’re all British,” a group of some 1,500 businesses said in a joint statement Wednesday, according to the Ligurian newspaper Il Secolo XIX. “We’re all against Brussels technocrats who want to destroy an entire category of business owners.”
Three weeks ago, the European Court of Justice quashed Italy’s last hope ofshielding its beaches from EU competition laws.

A 2006 law, which Italy has yet to comply with, requires international bidding for most services, including the family-owned beach concessions dotting the country’s coastline. Many businesses along Italy’s private beaches have been passed down for generations within the same families as the concessions could be renewed for as long as the owner wanted it.