Wed Sep 14th, 2005 at 03:17:06 AM EST
More than 60 draft European Union laws will be scrapped this month, as José Manuel Barroso, European Commission president, launches Brussels' biggest ever deregulation campaign.
Mr Barroso wants to axe a wide variety of laws designed to impose EU-wide standards, claiming that some legislation was “absurd” and brought Europe into disrepute.
Laws will be axed if legislation can be better left to member states, where there is an inadequate assessment of the impact on business, or where the measure is seen as too “heavy handed”.
Mr Barroso said: “I'm not against regulation at a European level, but we are no longer in the heroic era of Jacques Delors, completing the single market with a new piece of legislation every day.”
So now legislation will be dropped if business or the tabloids don't like it? Excellent.
This is part of his attempt to rehabilitate his Commission after a bad year which has left him looking bad.