PM must lead on Europe, says EEF

euroflag300The manufacturers’ organisation EEF continues to bang the drum for Europe today (Thursday, 24 October) with a plea to Prime Minister David Cameron “to lead his European partners in focusing on growth and support for business at today’s EU Council meeting”.
EEF said it believed time was right “to work with a growing number of like-minded countries that share the vision of creating a more competitive, outward-looking Europe” .
Chief Executive, Terry Scuoler, said: “Industry is sending a strong message to Europe’s leaders that we need action on growth and competitiveness at today’s Council meeting. The penny has dropped across Europe that excessive red tape is shackling growth. Now is the time for the Prime Minister to lead the debate in Europe and build a coalition for change to galvanise its members to work together for growth.
“This should start with the actions on Red Tape identified by the Business Taskforce but it needs to go further and accelerate action to boost innovation, trade and complete the single market. The Prime Minister has set out his vision and he now has the perfect opportunity to show the leadership to get Europe’s leaders pushing forward policies that put competitiveness and growth at the heart of its work.”
Last week EEF published its report on Britain’s membership of the EU, Manufacturing: Our Future in Europe, which set out strong support from Britain’s manufacturers for continued membership of the EU. It said that the UK’s challenge is to improve its engagement and leadership in the EU and focus on the size of the economic prize, in the shape of multi-billion-pound existing and future trade deals.
Manufacturers fear that despite initiatives in London and Brussels to tackle excessive and badly thought out legislation, the pipeline of measures that could add further burdens on industry remains full to capacity and must be closely monitored and challenged.

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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