Commenting on the report ‘Cutting Red Tape in Europe - Legacy and Outlook’ published today by the European Commission’s High Level Group on Administrative Burdens, chaired by Dr Edmund Stoiber, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce said:
“The sentiment of this report is in the right place; it tells us that the EU has listened to businesses’ concerns about the impact of burdensome regulations on competitiveness and economic growth. However, it remains to be seen just how far and how fast the EU will go in implementing these proposals.
“While this is often down to Whitehall over-interpreting EU law, there is no doubt that something had to be done at the Commission level to address business concerns. Impact assessments and better engagement with businesses will help to prevent unnecessary regulations in the first place, and make it simpler for businesses to implement those regulations that are important. This is all contingent, of course, on proper business and economic cost impact assessments being carried out.
It is also incumbent on governments to pay more attention to the actions of their MEP's; too often burdensome legislation from Europe has been proposed or supported by UK MEP's of all parties.
“However, reform shouldn’t stop with SMEs - we want to see improvements for businesses of all sizes. This is essential if we are to see a vibrant and growing economy in Europe. The next step is for the EU to deliver on the single market for both goods and services, so that it works better for business. This should be a major objective of any future negotiation on reform of the EU."