Tories get backing for their roadmap to growth

03-Jun-2015 @ 16:15

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

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MEPs in Brussels have backed a raft of Conservative guidelines for cutting red tape and minimising burdensome regulation.

As a package, the proposals approved by the European Parliament's Employment Committee for shaping the EU's planned "Refit" programme amount to a road map for cutting back bureaucracy, boosting growth and helping small businesses create jobs.

Anthea McIntyre, who drew up the proposals through a series of compromises and amendments, said: "This is about helping the EU limit its regulation to what is absolutely necessary. Then it can get out of the way and let entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses get on with what they do best – growing and boosting employment."

The EU's proposed  Regulatory Fitness and Performance programme (Refit) sets out to make EU law simpler and reduce regulatory costs, contributing to "a clear, stable and predictable regulatory framework supporting growth and jobs".

The  clauses approved by the committee call for a simpler law-making process and clearly-worded laws that can be implemented easily.  They urge the commission urgently to review and update the Small Business Act to reinforce the "think small first" principle and avoid accidental harm to SMEs.

They also call for better impact assessments before and after new laws are enacted to gauge how business is affected, plus greater opportunity for small businesses to bid for contracts with public bodies.

Particular attention is drawn to potential problems caused by the controversial Working Time Directive and the so-called REACH Directive affecting the chemical industry.

Miss McIntyre, Conservative employment spokesman in the parliament, said: "It is good news that we got these key principles accepted by the committee.  Our message about red tape is starting to be heard. It is a sign of growing understanding of our reform agenda and the Conservative message about renegotiation.

"The EU is realising it has to change, not least to be competitive in a global race. They are starting to understand that politicians don't create jobs – businesses do.

"New businesses are like garden plants. They want to grow! And if we only give them the right conditions – then stand back and avoid doing them harm - they will flourish."

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