Reprotection: halting the EU’s deregulation drive
Regulations are there to protect us. We need to defend them.
Over the last decade, European politicians have started to undermine the protections that many people depend on. And Brexit is set to make things worse. We want to build a broad coalition of civil society groups across Europe in support of our campaign to reprotect people and the planet.
Recently, in European politics, the interests of corporations have been prioritised over the needs of people and the environment. Rules designed to protect us and the places and habitats we hold dear have been painted as ‘burdens’ on business, and attempts are being made to destroy them. This hasn’t happened by mistake.
What is Europe for? Around the continent, people are beginning to ask themselves that question. When the European project began, at its centre was treating all Europeans equally and preserving their basic freedoms. But when we allowed the interests of businesses to come above the interests of people we moved away from the values that brought Europe together in the first place.
Regulation ensures that our basic freedoms are protected: to thrive we all need clean air, a safe environment, and decent working conditions. The pendulum of deregulation has swung too far. We need to go back to a Europe that put the rights of people first: where principled regulations are made, valued, and enforced.
We need to re-protect people and the planet.