Re: Why bother
"Why does a company based outside an EU entity even have to bother?"
If they don't want to do business there then they don't need to bother. Why do you think you shouldn't obey the laws of a country where you want to do business.
What do you think would be the result of giving them the finger? Probably a bigger fine, one enough to make an example of you. You think the country would be powerless? What do you think would happen if the law enforcement of the country then gets in touch with the offender's bank looking for payment of the fine. The company may not have a foothold in the country; their bank almost certainly does and they're not going to fight the law on behalf of a tuppenny-ha'penny scoff-law. Most likely the account would get suspended until payment was arranged.