The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on European Reform has published a Report entitled “The EU Single Market in Services”, to coincide with the opening of the EU Summit on Growth and Jobs in Brussels.
In preparing its report, the APPG took evidence from businesses in a range of different service sectors, from financial and business services to retail and the creative industries. The report has been drafted by Open Europe, which acts as the APPG’s secretariat.
The APPG proposes a package of changes to tackle the serious failings of the present arrangements. These include: adopting the ‘country of origin’ principle that would enable service providers to trade across EU borders under their home country regulation – if necessary, through enhanced cooperation among a group of like-minded EU member states; reducing the number of regulated professions; installing a liberalising EU Commissioner; developing the potential of e-commerce; applying “Better Regulation” principles; ensuring that EU regulation does not hamper trade with non-EU countries; and establishing new mechanisms to block unnecessary or discriminatory regulation.
Scientists need to wake up and join businesses in recognising the waste created by inspections. For as it is, EU regulation is hardly needed to secure accreditation.
Each year the assessors ramp up their demands further and further beyond what the customers, patients, codes of practice and even the ISO standards themselves require. It’s beyond reason and for nobody’s good but their own. The mock paranoia, obsession and blindness to reality that is trained into assessors makes even the heavily criticised ISO management standards seem reasonable.