The European Commission is refusing to back down on its target of eradicating the use of carbon paper from the workplace by 2015.
Karl Heinz Stiebling, European Commissioner for Policy Implementation and Procedural Oversight, stated to the world press yesterday that "the road map for achieving this vital task will not be hijacked.
Of all the aims of the current commission, getting rid of this scourge has been identified as the most important.
For too long, black fingerprints have been blighting desks and miscellaneous office furniture all over Europe.
How many times have vital committee and strategy documents had to be reprinted as a direct result of the heinous indications of carbon paper use being transferred onto the front cover ?
How often through the years has a poor secretary had to retype a vital policy paper in its entirety due to the discovery at the very end of the process that the carbon paper had been inserted the wrong way up ?
Our Cost Cutting Statistical Analysis Section has projected that over 5,000 man hours could be saved in one year alone in the U.K. once this heinous office practice is consigned to the waste bin of history".
A compelling argument indeed.