PM targets EU 'red tape'

David Cameron has called for swifter action in removing "pointless" EU "red tape", alongside publishing a Government-commissioned report by business leaders of the 30 worst threats to small firms.

EU rules labelled 'red tape' by business leaders

In a Government-commissioned report, UK business leaders have identified what they claim are the 30 worst threats to small firms imposed by the European Union.

Among the priorities for action in the report are:

  • For small businesses in low-risk sectors to be exempted from keeping written health and safety assessments
  • For one-man gardening and carpentry outfits to be exempted from having to register to transport waste
  • For "overly strict" new rules for labelling meat with its origin of both rearing and slaughter to be looked at
  • For tougher enforcement of the EU services directive, to prevent some member states exploiting flexibility to impose "unjustifiable barriers" to trade

Cameron targets 'pointless EU red tape'

David Cameron
Cameron has welcomed existing Commission efforts to cut red tape but said there was "still much more we must do". Credit: PA

David Cameron has called for swifter action in removing "pointless" EU "red tape".

The Prime Minister published a Government-commissioned report by business leaders of the 30 worst threats to small firms.

Among the priorities for action in the report were written health and safety assessments for small businesses in low-risk sectors, "overly strict" new rules for labelling meat, and maternity leave rights.

Marks & Spencer chief executive Marc Bolland.
Marks & Spencer chief executive Marc Bolland is among the report's authors invited to present their findings to Cabinet. Credit: PA

Cameron said member states and the European Commission needed to "listen to business and move faster" to remove threats to economic growth when they meet for a summit next week.

He has underlined his intent by taking the unusual step of inviting the report's authors to present their findings to Cabinet.

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