EU Moves to Cut Red Tape as Euroscepticism Rises
Brussels has moved to cut red tape and make its institutions more transparent after a rise in Euroscepticism throughout Europe and a lack of trust in the EU.
The European Commission has announced its “Better Regulation Package” to open up its procedures and cut back on legislation that is hard to understand after a huge rise in popularity of Eurosceptics in Europe.
The 2014 elections to the European Parliament saw Eurosceptic parties taking around 25% of the seats available. The parties included UKIP in the UK, National Front in France, The Peoples Party in Denmark and Syriza in Greece.
First Vice-President Frans Timmermans admitted:
“Eurosceptics are not wrong by definition. Eurosceptics annoy me because they are sometimes right. And when they are right we have to answer to them.”
Trust in the EU has fallen, with those feeling positive about it falling from 52% in 2007 to 39% in 2014. Those feeling negative, according to the latest Eurobarometer poll, rose from 15% in 2007 to 22% in 2014.