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EPHA criticises unchecked influence of big business in Brussels

The European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) is critical of new terms aimed at scaremongering on EU regulation. The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and Business Europe are holding a seminar on the role of the European Parliament (EP) in assessing the costs and benefits of regulation. EPHA says that terms such as ‘smart regulation’ and ‘competitiveness proofing’ are being used as euphemisms to exploit the fears around the current economic climate. The aim is to persuade regulators that deregulation and, above-all, pursuit of profit are the only solutions for economic recovery. In a global market, where Europe’s high quality goods and services are often seen as a competitive advantage, this mistaken rhetoric is not only false but potentially disastrous.

EPHA believes that it is exactly this irresponsible approach to regulation – particularly in the banking sector – that contributed to the very real economic and human crisis facing many Europeans. Smart regulation must mean regulation that fits public policy needs in the appropriate regulatory manner. It must not be used to achieve ideological objectives in the name of competitiveness. If EU policy-makers are serious about making it right, they must reshape the way in which Impact Assessments operate today. Economic factors are crucially important but they must be understood as symbiotically linked with environmental, social and public health considerations. Read more …

Originally posted on 9 October 2012

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