West Midlands MEP Anthea McIntyre has launched a scathing attack on a proposed directive on "Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions" which she says is rushed through and will unfairly hit small businesses and the self-employed.
Miss McIntyre, Conservative employment spokesman in the European Parliament, said the measures - already agreed in three-way negotiations between the EU Council, Commission and Parliament, would not bring any real benefit to workers but would have damaging consequences for small b businesses especially.
In condemning the report by Spanish MEP Calvet Chambon, from Alliance of Liberal Democrats in Europe, she said: "Throughout my time here in the Parliament and in the Employment Committee I have championed better regulation.
"And this is not better regulation. It is a mad rush to conclude legislation at any cost, so we have abandoned our commitment to the Parliament text on this directive."
Miss McIntyre, who this week received an award from the European Taxpayers Association for her parliamentary work to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), said the proposed directive was particularly unfair because it allowed exceptions for state employers.
Speaking in Strasbourg, she said: "This will allow governments and civil services to exempt themselves from the very rules they will be compelling small business to follow."
"This is scandalous hypocrisy through unfair preference, unfair treatment, unfair competition. In ordinary language, a stitch up."
Campaigning MEP Anthea McIntyre has been honoured by the European Taxpayers' Association for her outstanding work in standing up for small business.
Miss McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, received the award for her work on the European Parliament's Employment and Social Affairs Committee, where she is co-ordinator for the European Conservatives and Reformists Group.
Her work there has included a series of reports and initiatives promoting better regulation and highlighting the damage done to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by burdensome red tape.
Earlier this year she presented the EU Commission a report on how an annual burden survey should be applied to gauge the impact of legislation on business. In coming weeks she will publish a report promoting nudge theory, which explores how better information and persuasion can work better than hitting business with legislation and compulsion.
Mis McIntyre said: "I am delighted to have been awarded this certificate of honour from an organisation which wants only the best for taxpayers."
"SMEs are the life blood of our economy. When they do well, business as a while does well. They are the green shoots of our prosperity and we must nurture them. They need the space and freedom to grow - not strangling by over-regulation. his had been my goal throughout my time in Brussels."
The European Parliament’s PEST Committee reached the wrong conclusions and disregarded key evidence, a new report concludes.
Anthea McIntyre MEP, the European Conservatives and Reformists Group co-ordinator on the temporary committee, has produced an alternative report assessing the evidence put before members and suggesting different recommendations.
Launching “The European Union’s Authorisation Procedure for Pesticides: A Science-Based Approach”, she said she wanted to set the record straight and offer balance to the committee’s proposals for the future of pesticides regulation.
Miss McIntyre, MEP for the West Midlands and Conservative spokesman on agriculture, had tabled a raft of amendments to the original PEST report when it went before the parliament, but they were unsuccessful.
PEST chairman Eric Andrieu subsequently launched a personal attack on Miss McIntyre at a press conference.
Miss McIntyre said: “This report is about promoting better regulation, not settling scores.
"Despite hearing from a range of experts and authorities, the report was prepared in a very selective manner, with many of these experts’ contributions being completely disregarded. The report was extremely disappointing and reflected poorly on the work of European Parliament."
And the McIntyre report concludes: "Regrettably...rather than offer a balanced, thoughtful reflection on the legislative framework the (PEST) report purposefully vilifies those involved, from EFSA (the European Food Safety Agency) to national competent authorities, and underplays (their) effectiveness..."
Miss Mcintyre told the launch: "Our current system isn’t perfect and can be improved. The EU can act to improve transparency, something the Commission has already done with its legislative proposal to revise the General Food Law. We should encourage innovation - new farming techniques can reduce the need for pesticides. We should support scientific development - new active substances can make older, more persistent chemistry, obsolete.
"The Commission, EU regulatory agencies, Member State authorities and Greenpeace, who all gave evidence to the PEST Committee, said it was not flaws in the legislation that needed to be addressed, but improvements in its implementation. This report should have struck a balance and reflected the breadth of expert testimony it heard.
"I want the voice of rational, science-based reasoning to be heard and to support farmers who are the ones that will inevitably bear the brunt of further burdensome regulation.
“So this report presents the evidence which was given to the PEST Committee by a variety of experts, which was not properly recognised in the official report, or was simply ignored.”
Anthea McIntyre has written to The Times about police claims that taxpayers are subsidising shooting.
"The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner is laying it on thick, to say the least, when he claims police forces are subsidising shooting to the tune of £10 million.
"Leaving aside the suspiciously round numbers he quotes, which have the whiff of fag packet about them, his claims dodge the more important issue - the failure of police forces to make processing efficient and fit for the digital age.
"As Mr Jamieson's local MEP and a member of the European Parliament's Biodiversity, Hunting and Countryside Intergroup, I urge him to consider the evidence of gun-users themselves. The British Association for Shooting and Conservation points to long delays in licensing, engrained inefficiency, a chaotic approach to medical checks and failure to embrace new technology.
"Only two out of forty- three forces have introduced online registration systems that were promised the last time fees were raised.
"The anti-shooting lobby reveals its class-based bias in your article with the claim that people who spend £1,000 for "a day's shooting and champagne" can afford more for a gun licence.
"Guns are not a luxury toy for the wealthy but a working tool for people involved in land management, practical conservation and control of vermin that raid food stores and spread disease.
"The licensing process is an important safeguard made on society's behalf. It needs to be brought up to date."
Anthea McIntyre joined fellow Conservative MEPs today in opposing moves to ban an important chemical used for protecting components for the aerospace industry.
The Conservative employment spokesman in the European Parliament condemned a bid by Green MEPs and members of the parliament's Environment Committee to overturn the EU Commission's safety-approval for chromium trioxide, which is widely used to coat engine parts and other components to make them more robust and longer-lasting.
She spoke out after Dutch Green MEP Bas Eickhout tabled a motion opposing the Commission’s implementing measure approving certain uses of chromium trioxide, on the basis that the Commission was exceeding its powers.
Although CrO3 is acknowledged as a potential carcinogen, its use as a coating has long been allowed subject to strict procedures and exposure limits.
Miss McIntyre, MEP for the West Midlands, said: "This is a ruse by ultra-zealous Leftist and Green extremists who really want to close down the chemicals industry and take down the continent's economy with it.
"Their claim that the Commission has exceeded its powers is utterly spurious must be roundly rejected.
"Our expert engineers need this treatment. It is used within well-recognised safety limits to make high tech parts more resistant to wear and rust. Longer-lasting components mean less demand on the earth's resources - so anyone who really cares about the environment should be supporting the process, not trying to stop it.
"In my own region, Birmingham's Indestructible Paint Company produces high-tech coatings for Rolls Royce engines and other aerospace companies and uses CrO3 as a vital part of the process.
"Nationally, surface engineering contributes £14.8Bn to the UK economy, which in turn creates ten times that value in manufactured products and supports 30,000 UK jobs.
"We must defy the scaremongers and make sure this safe usage is allowed to continue."
In Strasbourg today MEPs voted narrowly in favour of the Eickhout objection.
It is now up to the Commission to decide whether to heed the vote.
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