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Business: EU Action

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Julian Smith Julian Smith Conservative, Skipton and Ripon

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what contribution his Department has made to EU negotiations on future deregulation for micro-businesses.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

On 23 November, the Commission adopted a report on “Minimising regulatory burdens for SMEs: Adapting EU regulation to the needs of micro-enterprises”. This includes a commitment to exclude micro-enterprises from the scope of proposed EU legislation from 1 January 2012, unless the proportionality of their being covered can be demonstrated. BIS worked with other EU member states to encourage the Commission to include this proposal in its report, which delivers against one of the Prime Minister’s initiatives to reduce EU regulatory costs on business.

The report also presents the first results of the Commission’s screening of the existing stock of EU legislation for examples from which micro-businesses could be exempted or subject to a lighter regime. This draws heavily on proposals which BIS gathered from across Whitehall and UK business organisations and submitted to the Commission earlier in the autumn.

BIS will continue to work closely with the Commission to ensure it effectively delivers its new micro-businesses policy, and that results are felt by SMEs on the ground.

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