25 Feb 2016


Mr. G gets a little, very little pension from Italy about 300 $ per year (!!).

For that once a year he has to prove that he is still alive so that his dear wife doesn't get this generous pension after his dead.

He got a letter from Germany, from the "Deutsche Post"

Inside was a form in Italian on one side and French on the other, to be filled in by the Belgian authorities that Mr. G. is still alive. So yesterday morning he presented himself in full glory to prove that he is still part of Waterloo's citizens. The employee checked the form, could only state that he is not dead put a stamp on and a signature.

Then he had to send this form to the UK which fortunately is still member of the European Union.
Hopefully the office there understands French or Italian.

Now I try to understand the logic of the European Union ! Why sending an Italian form from Germany and then to the UK, for an Italian pension ??

Linking to Jenny's Warm heart Wednesday


Mara said...

Perhaps Italy has been bought by Germany and the UK and nobody told us about it?

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina - seems somewhat crazy .. I agree. Ask your Member of the European Parliament ... you're nearer than we are!

Cheers Hilary

Andrew said...

Isn't that the sort of thing that makes British want to get away from the EU?

Fun60 said...

Of course when it reaches Worthing in the UK it will have to be returned to France for a translation. Is it any wonder the EU is so costly to run!

Loree said...

Amazing stuff. I have no idea who comes up with these complicated ways to do simple things.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I am glad to know that the bureaucrats agree that Mr G is alive and well ( or at least alive). Too funny, all those hoops to jump through . I heard about Britain s he dueling an election for getting out of theEU.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Sorry..... That was supposed to say "Scheduling an election ... My IPad can't type worth a darn.

carol l mckenna said...

If it 'makes sense' 'they' generally don't do so ~

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

Su-sieee! Mac said...

The ways of bureaucracy!

Betty said...

Imagine all the hoops he'd have to go through for $600 a year! At the end of the day the important thing is that he's alive!

Sandra Carlier said...

Incredible ! But it is !!!!

Annesphamily said...

Politics! Red tape! Anything to slow us down and hang to what is rightful our money while they collect the interest! When my children were very small, many years ago I met a gentleman on the city bus. He was a veteran of WWII. We chatted along the route as we were both headed to the same place. He told me something I never forgot, People are people wherever you go, the governments are the ones that are evil and corrupt. I had to remove some of my comment, I get so angry anytime I talk about the corruption all over the world apparently with government agencies. A sad sad shame of utter dishonesty.

Jenny said...

Oh, you are lovely.

This makes me laugh.

So typical of bureaucracy!

The way you told this story was absolutely brilliant.

Thanks for the smile and for warming my heart on week 15.