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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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