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FSB sets agenda for EU

Wed, 17 Jan 2007 13:00:17 GMT

The incumbent German EU presidency has been set an agenda of five points to consider before handing over the reins to Portugal in July.

Measures recommended by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) include reducing the bureaucratic burden on small businesses by a quarter, setting deadlines for the simplification of existing laws and the annulment of all laws not passed before the end of the term.

The FSB is also pressing for an independent review panel to be created to oversee regulatory impact assessments and to make the implementation of EU rules transparent.

Speculating that the German presidency had "got its priorities wrong", Tina Sommer, European Affairs chairman of the FSB, said that the presidency needed to commit to addressing people's rather than politicians concerns.

He said that the FSB's call to action "should be a starting point for the EU in the next six months".

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