Conservative MEPs in pledge to help small businesses
Dear Editor, I read with great interest Denise Craig’s column in the Birmingham Post on May 20. Her plea to ‘think small first’, is not just central to the Conservatives European election manifesto but has been at the heart of our policy making in the European Parliament.
So much of EU legislation, particularly in single market, employment and environment, impacts upon small businesses and the West Midlands needs engaged MEPs who actively shape, improve and reduce the burden of legislation.
We realise that small enterprises are major innovators and job creators and legislation from Europe must not hamper their competitiveness. Therefore, small enterprises need a party that is involved in the legislative process in Brussels, rather than a party that simply ‘reports back’ on what is happening.
Conservative MEPs will support measures to make it easier for small businesses to take advantage of the single market and to create a level playing field to help them access opportunities across Europe. We will press for a specific Small Business Test to form part of the impact assessment of proposed new EU legislation, so small firms are not affected disproportionately, and we will demand exemptions from EU Regulations for the smallest firms. Conservatives in the European Parliament have an outstanding track record in protecting the interests of small businesses and will work hard to retain this reputation in the future.
Malcolm Harbour, MEP