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EU Health and Safety rules must be based on sound scientific evidence - Lynne

December 1, 2011 10:27 AM

Liz Lynne MEP launching the Löfstedt Review of Health and Safety law with Chris Grayling and Prof Ragnar Löfstedt in the European Parliament

Liz Lynne MEP launching the Löfstedt Review of Health and Safety law with Chris Grayling and Prof Ragnar Löfstedt in the European Parliament

Liz Lynne, Britain's most senior MEP on the Employment and Social Affairs committee, has co-hosted the launch of the Löfstedt Review on health and safety legislation in the European Parliament.

Chris Grayling, the Employment Minister, commissioned the review by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt on behalf of the Coalition Government to look at how health and safety legislation impacted on British business and workers.

Liberal Democrat Liz Lynne, First Vice President of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee, along with Conservative MEP Julie Girling, welcomed Chris Grayling and Professor Löfstedt to the Parliament on Wednesday November 30th.

Speaking at the launch conference at the Parliament in Brussels, Liz Lynne said:

"I have always been of the belief that legislation should only be done at European level if it is absolutely necessary to create a level playing field.

"Any health and safety legislation has to be based on sound up-to-date scientific and medical evidence and be subject to a comprehensive impact assessment."

She welcomed Professor Löfstedt's review as an important contribution to the ongoing debate.

Liz went on to say: "We have to be vigilant when we are working on legislation to make sure that we don't add an unnecessary burden on business which in turn could throw people out of work. In this present economic climate it is even more important that we get it right.

"We have to remember that MEPs are co-legislators along with the Council of Ministers on over 60% of EU legislation. That is why it is so important for people to engage with Parliamentarians at an early stage in the drafting of legislation.

"If we work together, we can make sure legislation is fit for purpose.

"I personally would like to see sunset clauses in all new EU legislation; this would mean that after five years legislation has to be looked at to see if it is working properly in each and everyMember State. If it isn't, is this because it is unworkable? If so, that legislation should be repealed and not just added to."

ENDS

Photo caption: (From left) Employment Minister Chris Grayling, Liz Lynne MEP, Julie Girling MEP, Professor Ragnar Löfstedt at the launch of the Review in the European Parliament.