Proposed legislation in Europe would impose fines of £350,000 on whistleblowers. Guess where that's coming from
Also ridiculous EU legislation saw a tree felled because a creeper, possibly ivy, was growing up it. Maintenance over here would have seen the creepers destroyed but cutting through them all about 6" off the ground thus saving the tree.
If its not democratic it will only serve the interests for vested parties i.e. those with money and influence to direct legislation as they see fit.
For Merino tops there are a lot of choices. Not all are 'mainstream' and will require tracking down. I can recommend Devold, Janus, Jottnar and Woolpower. Woolpower make the most comfortable longjohns I've tried on so far because they don't resist your movements in the slightest.
Other Scandanavian makes to look at are Aclima and Brynje. String vests can be surprisingly effective and I think both these manufacturers do synthetic and woollen base layers.