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14 November 2006

Strategic review of Better Regulation in the EU

The Commission issued a communication on the Strategic review of Better Regulation in the EU which analyses the progress achieved and maps out the main challenges ahead. The Communication is accompanied by separate documents on simplification and administrative costs.

The Commission identifies the priorities for the different parties as follows:
European Commission:

  • An updated simplification programme, aimed at generating tangible economic benefits, particularly through reducing administrative burdens and integrated in the Commission’s legislative and work programme. For 2007, 47 initiatives are planned;
  • Reinforced scrutiny of impact assessments through the creation of an independent Impact Assessment Board under the authority of the President;
  • Strengthening the enforcement of Community law.
    Council and European Parliament:
  • More systematic impact assessments of major amendments to Commission proposals;
  • High priority to pending simplification proposals, to codification and to repeal of obsolete legislation.
    Member States:
  • Development and enforcement of consultation mechanisms, where missing;
  • More systematic assessment of economic, social and environmental impacts through adequate guidelines and resources, and more transparency on the results;
  • Development of simplification programmes, where missing;
  • Improved application of Community law.

    First progress report
    Administrative costs and burdens

    © European Commission

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