The Commission’s proposal for a ‘Better Regulation Package’ is a very positive step in the right direction. In many areas it responds to the ECR’s calls for cutting red tape, promoting competitiveness and listening to voice of small business. We have concerns in some areas, for example in the Regulatory Assessment Board and disappointment at missed opportunities, for example in giving proper scrutiny to social partner agreements and in setting targets for burden reduction, Anthea McIntyre MEP, said today.

The chair of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group’s Better Regulation and Re-shoring policy group said:

“My initial reaction is to very much welcome the commission’s proposals. We have been calling for many of these initiatives for years. The ECR group will be a willing partner in implementing a better regulation strategy and new Inter-institutional Agreement that tackles red tape, promotes competitiveness and will enable European businesses to compete on the global stage.

“But actions speak louder than words and it is in the implementation of these plans that success will be judged. First Vice President Timmermans cannot achieve better regulation alone, he needs the college of Commissioners and all institutions to embrace the better regulation principles.

“I want to see a truly independent Regulatory Scrutiny Board, rather than a body owned by the Commission. Independent impact assessments are vital to improving legislation and the Commission has missed the opportunity to include social partner agreements within their scope.

“I am disappointed that there is no commitment to a target for burden reduction, we need to see a greater sense of urgency in the drive to cut red-tape.

“From a start full of promise, we are now entering a phase when we should see action from all Institutions, and the Commission’s better regulation package will be an important litmus test. I hope to see more ambitious targets for a simplified and rationalized regulatory environment. We will then look to SMEs – who are the backbone of our economy – for their judgment.”