Anthea McIntyre MEP has welcomed plans from the EU Commission for the immediate creation of a task force improve EU legislation.

Miss McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, has been a consistent campaigner against red tape and over-zealous regulation. She said: "This task force looks like a major step forwarding in making sure decisions get taken at the right level and that the EU only intervenes where it brings true benefit.

"I will do all I can to help it in its work."

She was responding to a section of Jean Claude Juncker's "State of the Union" speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg in which he said the Commission would continue be "big on big issues and small on the small ones."

He said the current commission was putting forward fewer than 25 initiatives a year where previous Commissions had proposed more than 100, and added: "To finish the work we started, I am setting up a Subsidiarity and Proportionality Task Force as of this month to take a very critical look at all policy areas to make sure we are only acting where the EU adds value.

"First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, who has a proven track record on better regulation, will head this Task Force. The Timmermans Task Force, which should include Members of this Parliament as well as Members of national Parliaments, should report back in a years' time."

As chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group's Better Regulation Working Party and Conservative Employment spokesman, Miss McIntyre has brought forward a series of reports highlighting the need for regulation to be proportionate, based on proper evidence and practical in the real world.

She said: "I shall be very pleased to feed these recommendations through to Mr Timmermans, who is certainly a man we can do business with.

"I am pleased he will be inviting participation from national parliamentarians as well as MEPs. Britain may be leaving the EU but we have every reason to want to see the EU run well and we will make what contributions we can."