Karim urges: Scrap this costly and bureaucratic plan
Posted, December 14, 2011 @ 18:00
Sajjad Karim MEP today calls for the EU to come to its senses and dismiss proposals which would increase bureaucratic costs for small businesses.
The European Commission has proposed an EU-wide Sales Law which would allow firms to use the same contract law across the EU. However, the cost to business of implementing a one size fits all policy has been put at €26billion in costly adaptations of websites and lost trade while the e-commerce facilities were down.
Mr Karim, Conservative Legal Affairs spokesman in the European Parliament, has been working hard in Europe to cut red tape for small businesses in the UK and has presented a key report which has been adopted by the European Parliament to reduce legislative burden on small to medium businesses.
One report today suggested that the Commission was set to abandon the Common Sales Law, but there was no official confirmation.
The North West MEP: "I strongly urge the commission to come to its senses and drop the proposed law which will do little for consumers and cause considerable harm to trade.
"In these difficult economic circumstances which are affecting our businesses, the EU should be focussed on reducing burdens rather then churning out new legislation which is unnecessary."
The Commission’s own statistics in its Consumer Market Scoreboard show that online consumers are more worried about language differences and delivery of goods EU-wide rather then having a common sales law.