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Financial Times: Businesses feel out of step with EU legislation

Leading European Union companies feel excluded from decisions made in Brussels and are often frustrated about the way its laws are implemented by member states, according to a survey released by Clifford Chance, the law firm.

The research, which is based on interviews with more than 150 companies in eight EU countries, showed that many businesses consider EU laws are more effective than national legislation.

The European Commission announced plans late last year to repeal or amend more than 200 EU laws and almost 1,500 related legal instruments, as part of a three-year programme to simplify and improve legislation.

"We are seeing a clear trend of businesses feeling out of step with EU legislators as new regulations come out of Brussels," Stuart Popham, senior partner at Clifford Chance, writes in the introduction to the report.

"Smaller firms in particular cannot afford to keep tabs on new developments, and larger businesses appear to engage too little and too late."

by Fran on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 12:34:28 AM EST
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The last actors on the European stage who are "excluded from decisions made in Brussels" are big companies, which have considerable lobbying presence and influence. Which they would like to hang on to, while ripping the teeth out of regulation.

Meanwhile most of us, far below on the ground, are de jure and de facto "excluded from decisions made in Brussels".

Note that the authors of this touted report,

Clifford Chance, which is based in London, advises companies on trends in EU law and liaises with legislators and regulators on behalf of its clients.

have a vested interest.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 03:34:46 AM EST
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Yes, big business leaders never get to speak to politicians or lawmakers.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 03:54:34 AM EST
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Man, I hate to repeat myself:
Whenever the legislature attempts to regulate the differences between masters and their workmen, its counsellors are always the masters. When the regulation, therefore, is in favour of the workmen, it is always just and equitable; but it is sometimes otherwise when in favour of the masters. — Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 04:21:36 AM EST
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Some things bear repeating ;)
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 05:09:53 AM EST
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Is it too long for a sig line?

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Tue Jun 6th, 2006 at 06:23:18 AM EST
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