The eu is omnipresent in kronach county

The eu is omnipresent in kronach county

On 26. May, the germans are called upon to make their way to the ballot box and vote for the european parliament. In the last election in 2014, the voter turnout in this country was 48.1 percent. The fact that only half of all eligible voters put their cross in the ballot box at that time is perhaps due to the fact that many people think: "oh, the EU is far away and has nothing to do with our everyday lives." The decisions and resolutions of european parliamentarians are with us every day – from morning to night.

A (fictitious) example from the kronach district: it is 6.30 o’clock. Johann and elisabeth kronacher sit at their cake table and eat breakfast. Johann blattert in the current issue of the french day. In his left hand, he holds a piece of cheese bread, which he bites into from time to time. The kase was brought back by the kronachers from their vacation in holland last week. In the trunk of their car they still had room for two small round gouda loaves. Customs duties do not apply in the european union for personal consumption quantities.

Coffee from italy

Elisabeth meanwhile shuffles her coffee. The cup contents: finest italian mocha. Bought at the local supermarket. Made possible by the EU’s internal market. Through them, foodstuffs from all over europe end up on domestic tables. The EU food regulations ensure that everything can be consumed without hesitation. Johann looks at the pie clock. "I have to go, honey. Otherwise I’ll be late for work." He stows his plate in the kitchen, then grabs his work bag and car keys. With a "see you tonight he says goodbye before the door closes behind him.

In front of the kronachers’ house, the family’s newly acquired electric car is already waiting for johann. He and his wife took advantage of the federal government’s e-car program for their purchase – after it was approved by the eu commission in 2016 and not classified as aid to the auto industry. Even a fixed quota for e-cars was already being considered by the commission. However, this has not yet been introduced.

Johann kronacher starts his car and drives off. He works at one of the many medium-sized stallholders in the district. These are often hidden market leaders, so-called "hidden champions". Kronacher’s employer has just received a large order from a customer in france. Accordingly, there is a lot to do at the moment. The company repeatedly receives orders from neighboring countries of the european union. Euro and common internal market make business easier.

Freedom of establishment

In the corridor, johann meets his colleague morten. "Well, already settled in?", asks johann. Morten nods. He comes from denmark and moved to the county a few weeks ago. Freedom of establishment made the move easy for the EU citizen.

After work johann drives to kleintettau to the tropical house "klein eden. His wife told him to buy fresh papayas. Almost three million in eu funds benefited the model project dedicated to energy-efficient cultivation of exotic fruits.

Then it’s back to the effelter at home. The bio-energy village with a population of just under 300 can supply itself with 100 percent of its electricity and heat from its own production. The kronachers’ house is connected to the local heating network by a pipeline. The solar system is humming on the roof. The EU has approved the "bio-energy village of effelter" sub-project as part of the "energievision frankenwald" project demanded.

French asparagus

Johann parks the e-car in front of the house. When he opens the door, he is greeted by a wonderfully pleasant smell. Elisabeth has cooked french asparagus. Bamberg hornla and kulmbacher beer from the neighboring district are also served. The eu commission has awarded these regional specialties with the "protected geographical indication" label provide. According to this, the products must have been produced, processed or manufactured in a specific area.

"Would you please get the butter out of the fridge??", elisabeth asks her husband. The kronachers recently bought the refrigerator, replacing their old appliance with a modern, energy-saving one. The EU energy label identifies appliances according to their energy consumption from A to G. In addition, the refrigerator has a CE marking. With this, the manufacturer confirms that the product complies with EU directives.

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The kronachers are talking about the day that has just passed when johann’s cell phone rings. On the other end of the line is son christopher, who is currently doing a semester abroad in scotland. The kronachers have been following the back and forth of the brexit process closely over the past weeks.

Christopher is an erasmus student. The eu’s leader program supports study abroad programs at universities. The young man reports to his parents with great enthusiasm about his trip to the highlands last weekend. Since the EU-wide abolition of roaming charges, the call is no longer associated with additional costs for him.

Museum or herb garden

Elisabeth kronacher suddenly remembers that friends from berlin called in the afternoon and announced their visit for the weekend. "What do we do blob with them?", she asks her husband. "We could go to kleintettau to the flakonglasmuseum", says johann. The museum was requested in 2010 with funds from the leader program of the EU. The approach supports model projects in rural areas. In 2015, the kronach district was once again selected as an eu leader region.

"Or we will go to teuschnitz", says elisabeth. "The herb garden there must be interesting." Also the project "arnica city teuschnitz was requested with funds from the leader pot. "On sunday we could go hiking in the frankenwald", johann considers. The frankenwald is finally paying its dues to the "wanderbares deutschland" quality region. To meet the criteria for certification, funds from the EU leader program were also used.

Film demand

"A good idea", elisabeth agrees. She clears the table. Then the kronachers make themselves comfortable on their sofa. The king’s speech" is shown on television – a four oscars awarded film about the english king george VI, requested by the media-program of the EU. As the credits flicker across the screen, the kronachers go to bed after a long day. The EU has accompanied them imperceptibly from morning to night.

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