Commission must heed this cry for help from small businesses

07-Mar-2013 @ 13:0

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

The EU must offermore than warm words to address the deep concerns of small businesses overBrussels red tape, Conservative MEPs cautioned today.

The warning came asthe EU Commission published a "top ten" list of EU regulations which cause thegreatest problems for SMEs. The list was drawn from a Europe-wide consultationprocess begun in December last year -  which several Conservative MEPs urgedtheir local businesses to take part in.

Predictably, thelist includes unwanted social legislation such as the Working Time Directive andlabour-market regulation, as well as rules on data protection, publicprocurement and professional qualifications.

Anthea McIntyre,Conservative employment spokesman in the European Parliament, said:"Conservative MEPs who are constantly hearing the concerns of small businessescould have written this list for them before the consultationbegan.

"Now Commissionershave been sent a direct message and they must offer more than warm words inresponse.

"They haveat least had the courage to go directly to SMEs and ask the toughquestions about their concerns. Now they must show they can pay heed to thetough answers.

"They have been senta cry for help. If they are serious about unleashing the economic power ofentrepreneurs and smaller traders they must now work with them to reduce thisregulatory burden.

"What smallbusinesses really want is for the bureaucrats to get out of their way and letthem get on with what they do best - driving enterprise, launching fresh ideasand creating jobs."

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