ECR Campaign

Reducing burdens on business

A key priority for the ECR Group is cutting much of the suffocating regulation that the EU has adopted, and ensuring this does not happen in the future. We need regulation that provides a level legal playing field for businesses and protects consumers. However, we must make sure the EU is reforming or removing legislation that stands in the way of business, in particular small and medium sized businesses, being able to make a profit, and create more jobs.

ECR MEPs have been the leading voice in the European Parliament for increasing transparency and accountability on costly over regulation since the group’s foundation in 2009. The ECR group is constantly identifying where national Governments and the EU are implementing EU rules in an unnecessarily bureaucratic and complicated way.

The ECR has led the way on common sense policy making and making sure that the EU properly implements the competitiveness test. The competitiveness test identifies any potential negative impact of EU legislation on the competitiveness of businesses and the economy when drafting and implementing EU legislation.

By ensuring, the EU is being held to account over unnecessary regulation, businesses will be better able to grow and remain competitive and profitable.


There is a baker. That baker spends 50 percent of his time baking, he spends the other 50 percent filling out forms. These forms are often duplicates providing the same information but to different people.

Better regulation means looking at how we can reduce burdensome, repetitive and outdated regulation. By doing so, the baker would have less administration, meaning he would have more time to bake and make more profit.

More profits mean the baker could hire an apprentice. This is better regulation in action.


In 2001 the EU passed a Directive concerning the minimum safety and health requirements for the use of work equipment by workers, also know as the Working at Heights Directive.

One of the main reasons the EU needs to focus more on better regulation, is to reduce the vastly differing levels of implementation, burden, and cost to business, of the same piece of legislation across the different Member States. What was a 4 page law adopted by the EU, became a 46 page law in Ireland, and an almost 759 page law in Austria.




Initiatives our MEPs are actively working on in the European Parliament




ECR Group

33 minutes ago

Our co-chairs @RaffaeleFitto & Ryszard #Legutko react to the election of @vonderleyen as the next @EU_Commission Pr… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

11 hours ago

Starting now - our co-chair @RaffaeleFitto speaks in the debate with Commission President-designate @vonderleyentwitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Johan Van Overtveldt

6 days ago

Het is gebeurd. Een eer en een genoegen om met unanimiteit verkozen te worden als voorzitter van de Commissie Budg… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

BUDG Committee Press

6 days ago

.@jvanovertveldt elected as Chair of @EP_Budgets by acclamation

ECR Group

7 days ago

Today we met with the President-designate of the European Commission @vonderleyen for a wide ranging discussion on… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

8 days ago

Happening this week: tomorrow Commission President-designate @vonderleyen will attend our Group meeting & on Wednes… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

11 days ago

Next week we'll be nominating @BeataSzydlo to chair the @EPSocialAffairs committee! As a former Prime Minister of P… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Party

12 days ago

Happy #IndependenceDay to our American friends and partners in the @GOP! We are proud to be the staunchest defende… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

12 days ago

Next week we'll be nominating our Flemish MEP @jvanovertveldt to chair @EP_Budgets - as a former Belgian Finance Mi… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

ECR Group

13 days ago

Second place for our candidate @ZahradilJan!! We now move into the second round... #EUTopJobs twitter.com/EuroParlPress/…

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