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Monday, 10 February 2020 - Strasbourg Revised edition

SMEs and better regulation (debate)

  Damian Boeselager, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group. – Mr President, I would like to thank the Commissioner for coming here and talking about this very important topic. I am very happy to hear that you are an entrepreneur and founder yourself. I am as well. I founded a political movement so it was in a bit of a different sphere, but I’m also a huge fan of innovation and competitiveness. I also therefore welcome better regulation, especially decreased uncertainty. We know that especially for smaller businesses and start-ups it’s really hard to keep up if there is legal uncertainty, regulatory uncertainty, so I hope we can get better at that.

But I also see, like my colleague from Renew, quite a boring trend: that we want to weaken competition, or at least, as the governments in Poland and Germany (my own country) and France and Italy have said, and that is exactly the opposite of innovation and competitiveness. So I hope that we can safeguard, with the Commission and Parliament together, the competitiveness of all the small players by not weakening competition.

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