The crusade against ‘red tape’

How the European Commission and big business push for deregulation

foee_ceo_crusade_red_tape_oct2014_cropPublished by: Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), Friends of the Earth Europe (FoEE), 31 October 2014
Author: Rachel Tansey
Editor: Katharine Ainger

A crusade for big business-friendly deregulation, waged during José Manuel Barroso’s Presidency of the European Commission, shows no signs of ending. This neoliberal push to weaken or block new legislation and scrap existing rules, especially environmental and social protection laws, under the misleading banner of tackling “red tape”, promoting “better regulation” or safeguarding “competitiveness” appears likely to expand with Jean-Claude Juncker’s new Commission team. 

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