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Cameron claims UK credit for EU red tape review

Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed EU proposals to cut red tape for businesses, saying a British report helped bring them about.

The European Commission announced proposals on 19 May to minimise bureaucracy for businesses including a platform to collect suggestions from experts for reducing regulatory and administrative burden and bringing forward ideas.

First vice-president of the Commission Frans Timmermans said better regulation was a top priority.

“We are listening to the concerns of citizens and businesses, especially SMEs, who worry that Brussels and its institutions don’t always deliver rules they can understand or apply,” he said.

Cameron said a taskforce set up by the Business, Innovation and Skills department produced a report in 2013, ‘Cut EU Red Tape’, which called for some of the proposals announced by the Commission.

“Mr Timmermans’ report is a significant step in the right direction towards getting the job done and it responds to many of the taskforce’s recommendations,” he said.

“I am pleased to see key elements of the UK’s better regulation principles, such as better public consultation, improved impact assessments and lighter regimes for small businesses, reflected in the Commission’s proposals.”

Also on 19 May, Sajid Javid delivered his first keynote speech as business secretary to launch an enterprise bill, which included cutting red tape for UK businesses by £10bn over the next five years.

Javid said: “Now we’re going to tackle European regulation head on, pressing EU institutions to reduce needless burdens on business, ensuring we implement EU law in a way that doesn’t put UK business at a competitive disadvantage.”

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