UK Daily Mail 
July 6, 2011
Fines for failing to display the EU flag and logos should be scrapped, a government minister said yesterday.
Brussels has imposed financial penalties of almost £500,000 on councils, museums, universities, travel firms and business groups.
Each had breached rules that require display of EU symbols in return for grant money – a system Eric Pickles said was unfair.
‘It defies common sense that the EU can hammer public bodies with huge fines for merely not flying their flag,’ said the communities and local government secretary.
‘This is a prime example of bureaucracy taking over, with organisations being hit for the most minor breaches for over-complicated rules.