by Tim Lezard A report published today by the European Commission’s High Level Group on Administrative Burdens – chaired by Dr Edmund Stoiber – poses a danger to both workers and consumers alike, says the TUC. The report suggests scrapping regulations …

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by Tim Lezard

A report published today by the European Commission’s High Level Group on Administrative Burdens – chaired by Dr Edmund Stoiber – poses a danger to both workers and consumers alike, says the TUC.

The report suggests scrapping regulations and exempting small and medium businesses from EU rules on employment rights, health and safety, and environmental protection.

However, it has drawn severe criticism from four of the 15 members of the group who are publishing a ‘dissenting opinion’ alongside the main report. They argue that the report’s claims of economic benefit an unsupported by factual foundation and that it does not recognise the costs to society of failure to regulate.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Deregulation led to the financial crisis and those who believe it is the ideological answer to every problem are guilty of dangerous magical thinking.

“It’s no wonder that Stoiber failed to get the support of the whole group when his proposals will put workers and consumers at risk by scrapping employment rights, health and safety duties and environmental protection. Even the main trade association for Europe’s small firms has rejected the proposals as senseless.”


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