Praise for EU red-tape task-force report

15-Oct-2013 @ 9:0

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Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

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Malcolm Harbour MEP haswelcomed the publication today (Tuesday) of a report on EU red tape producedfor Downing Street by a business-led taskforce.

The Chairman of the European Parliament's Single Market Committee said:"This initiative is a breath of fresh air and offers a real insight intothe regulatory burden felt by enterprises small and large."

The report, produced for the Prime Minister by a team of business figures,outlines 30 key proposals to roll back EU red tape, based on evidence from morethan 100 firms across Europe. It also sets out ideas a for a longer term agendafor action to make the EU work better for business.

Mr Harbour said: "I welcome this expert contribution which completelysupports the EU reform agenda, where the UK is taking the lead.

"In particular, in June the European Parliament supported, by a hugemajority, my Committee's resolution on boosting the digital single market, akey demand of the report. We have set out a clear agenda for creatingjobs and growth, and I hope these proposals will be endorsed at next week'sEuropean Council."

He said the report echoed moves by reformers in the European Parliament,including members of the Single market Committee, to roll back, simplify andlimit the impact of burdensome and over-complicated regulation.

"It also chimes closely with the REFIT initiative, where the Commissionhas made clear commitments to reduce the existing red tape burden. I am pleasedthat they are already planning to withdraw a number of intrusive proposalscriticised in the expert report," he said

Mr Harbour was a guest speaker at a lunch in the German Embassy in Londonyesterday, where he shared a platform with the Chairman of the High Level Groupon EU Administrative Burdens, Dr Edmund Stoiber. Mr Harbour called on theCommission to adopt a range of new measures including:

- preparing an annual statement of net costs to business of newproposals.

- setting an EU target for burden-reduction, and offsetting of newburdens with reductions of existing ones - one in, one out.

- routinely preparing impact assessmentsat the consultation stage of legislation, not just with the final proposal.

- creating a fully independent ImpactAssessment Board for all three Institutions (Commission, European Parliamentand Council).

- listening to business and targetingthose burdens which businesses consider hold back their competitiveness, inparticular those which affect small and medium-sized enterprises.

He also called for the next Commission to have a designated Commissioner tolead all the "smarter regulation" initiatives

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