For all the good the EU has done for the companies and countries it presides over, giving them and their economies safety and security (except if you’re living in Greece) and more or less keeping the markets over there free and fair, its safe to say that without it things would be a little more chaotic and disorganised. It was the EU that brought the full force of the law down on Intel, forcing it to pay AMD for its unfair business practices. Recently they scrutinised some dodgy aspects of Apple’s warranty and even slapped some sense into Google when their Street View vans were collecting Wi-Fi data. Its been a good thing for many products, games and technology sold in the regions it presides in, but occasionally its also been prone to massive, massive amounts of stupidity.
Case in point, their latest attempt to regulate energy consumption in appliances and computer technology, called the EuP Lot 3 energy bill.