European Parliament backs plan to streamline regulation

13-Apr-2016 @ 15:30

Vicky Ford Vicky Ford

Vicky Ford Vicky Ford

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MEPs from across Europe have supported British-backed proposals calling on the EU to avoid unnecessary regulation in the Single Market.

The Towards Improved Single Market Regulation report, approved by the European Parliament today, states explicitly that new European legislation should only be introduced it increases competitiveness, stimulates innovation and helps to creates jobs.

Conservative Internal Market and Consumer Protection spokesman Vicky Ford MEP said: "This builds on the work of the UK Government and Conservative MEPs to reform the EU and I am delighted to see so many MEPs from across Europe supporting us.

"The single market is meant to make it easier for businesses to trade across 28 countries with 500 million consumers. It's not meant to add more costs, it's meant to remove costs. This reports says that we should only introduce new rules where it helps our economies to grow.

"Small businesses in particular should have a lighter burden and national parliaments should have a stronger voice and be able to block unwanted laws."

Rapporteur for the report was Belgian MEP Anneleen Van Bossuyt, a colleague of Conservative MEPs in the European Conservatives and Reformists Group.

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