The EMPL Committee is mainly responsible for employment policies and all aspects of social policy, working conditions, vocational training and the free movement of workers and pensioners.
The EMPL Committee works with the Council of the Union and the European Commission to implement the legislative framework in the areas for which it is responsible.
As the Conservative spokesman on EMPL my main focus is to try and reduce the bureaucratic regulations that are imposed on small- and medium-sized businesses so that they can grow and prosper.
I am also working with colleagues so that the impact of regulation on micro-businesses (those that employ less than 10 people) are specifically considered before any regulations are proposed. Over 95% of UK businesses are micro-businesses and they are a critically important part of the UK economy.
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