European Union governments should stop blaming the EU's executive Commission for excessive bureaucracy unless they are ready to fight it themselves, Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said on Tuesday.
Some politicians from the EU's 27 governments regularly criticise the Brussels-based Commission, which employs more than 20,000 officials and proposes laws for the bloc.
Analysts have said public perceptions that the EU imposes unnecessary rules could have contributed to the rejection of the bloc's new Lisbon Treaty in an Irish referendum this month.
But Barroso said a recent debate on shape of fruit and vegetables allowed to be sold at shops showed many governments were unwilling to scrap unnecessary bureaucracy themselves.
"You all heard the story of straight cucumbers ... For ages Europe has been ridiculed over the marketing standards for cucumbers," he said during a debate in the European Parliament.
"Well, my Commission has proposed to get rid of it, together with 35 other marketing standards for fruit and vegetables. But guess what: when we sounded out the member states, a clear majority was against," he said.
He said the Commission would nevertheless propose scrapping the unnecessary standards.
"And then it is time to put up, or else shut up over bureaucracy coming from Brussels," Barroso said.
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