Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The European Union has Canceled Christmas

Santa Claus needs a visa and a work permit to run his Christmas delivery service in the EU.
His elves, of course, would be bound by the child labour regulations. Working at midnight on 24th of December would be out. And Claus would have to be vetted by the Criminal Records Bureau in order to work with young people.

Since that can take up to three months, he's way too late for this year anyway. The education authorities might wonder why the elves aren't in school. And if the elves are paid, then they need to be registered under Pay as You Earn, and for stakeholder pensions.

1 comment:

Grahnlaw said...

Santa conveniently lives within the Schengen area, which facilitates free travel for ordinary Europeans as well, and his Finnish assistants come out on top in Pisa school achievement results.

They firmly believe that the values manifested in the Charter of Fundamental Rights are the best gifts for nearly all of the European Union's 490 million citizens, and they wish that the ratifications of the Lisbon Treaty will enhance the Union's ability to promote their interests in a globalising world.