Norwegians surprised new ban: Is it an April fool?

do you Remember the EU ban on curved cucumbers? Now, the EU has introduced a new ban that will get the norwegians to shake his head. More think, there must be

Norwegians surprised new ban: Is it an April fool?

do you Remember the EU ban on curved cucumbers?

Now, the EU has introduced a new ban that will get the norwegians to shake his head. More think, there must be an early April fool. But no, it is not good enough.

Last weekend was the introduction of a new EU directive, which regulates, what you must have with over the border to the EU, if you come from a country outside the union.

Among other things it is now forbidden to introduce fruit and berries, writes the Norwegian TV 2.

the Aim is to reduce the risk of plant diseases and pests, which can follow as intruders by the import of plants.

But practical terms get the ban consequences for ordinary people - much to the amazement of many norwegians.

The lively traffic over the border between Norway and Sweden will also be affected by the ban on bringing fruit, with Norway, as you know, is not a member of the EU.

Ordinary norwegians at risk now to get the contents of the fruit basket to a hyttetur or picnic in Sweden confiscated. Or even a fine.

in return, they can hoard the fruits and berries in Sweden and shipping them the other way without problems. Norway has not implemented the new EU law.

When the customs officers stop people at the border to Sweden and confiscate apples and pears, people believe not their own eyes.

"Many think it is a joke and wonder why we are doing it now, where there is so long time to 1. april. But it is in fact the case that the customs officials will now confiscate the apples and other goods, people typically have with in the car," said Riitta Leinonen, who is the coordinator for border protection in the Nordkalotten in the north of norway, to TV 2.

to make the confusion total, there are two fruits, you are still allowed to have in the car, when you cross the Norwegian-Swedish border: Bananas and whole - but only the whole - pineapple.

the Prohibitions also affects the traffic across the Norwegian-Finnish border - and all the other places where the EU countries have borders with countries outside the union, of course.

The new EU law was introduced 14. december.

Riitta Leinonen says to Norwegian TV 2 that is not allocated additional resources for border control as a result of the ban, but that the customs officers will confiscate fruit, when they discover it.

With regard to the aforementioned ban on curved cucumbers belong to the story, that it was abolished 10 years ago, writes tjekdet.dk. And that it never came to influence the Danish producers. Nevertheless, the ban was introduced in 1988, is often used as the example of the EU's absurd bureaucracy.

Updated Date: 20 December 2019, 09:00

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