Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo on Monday (22 May) criticised the idea of not growing the economy for environmental reasons, joining calls to stop environmental and health-related regulation to prevent overburdening companies.

As EU industry transforms towards net-zero emissions, it should not be burdened with additional regulation, De Croo (Open VLD/Renew) told a conference hosted by the Wirtschaftsrat der CDU, a business group with close ties to the German conservative CDU party (EPP affiliated).

“Let’s not try to do everything at the same time. Let us focus on what is the most important,” De Croo said, calling for a focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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