Brussels, 8 June 2005
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Reducing overregulation and bureaucracy contributes to growth and jobs. Unnecessary rules and red-tape stand in the way of sustainable growth, deter business investment or hinder job creation. This is why cutting red-tape on all levels is an integral part of the European Commission’s “Partnership for Jobs and Growth” (see IP/05/311 and MEMO/05/93). As a next concrete step to deliver on its promise, the European Commission has now launched a public on-line consultation to ask business how they feel the business environment in the EUcan be improved and administrative burden can be reduced. Through an online questionnaire, the Commission asks companies and other interested parties to identify particularly burdensome rules and make suggestions as to how best to simplify them. The consultation is open from the 1st June 2005 via the Commission's "Your Voice in Europe" Internet site at http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/consultations. The information gathered will be compiled and examined in the Commission’s “Red Tape Observatory” and the responsible Commission services.
Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said “We are keen to hear which rules need to be simplified because they stand in the way of sustainable growth, deter business investment or hinder job creation. This Commission has already come a long way to improve the regulatory environment. We have strengthened the consultation procedures, new legal proposals have to be subject to a rigid impact assessment and we are screening existing proposals and laws for its effectiveness. But there is more concrete action to come in the next months.”
Commission Vice President Günter Verheugen added “Strong companies in a strong European economy will result in more jobs and more economic growth. This benefits all our citizens - and will enable us to maintain and increase Europe’s prosperity and our quality of life.”
How to respond to the consultation
The Commission would like to encourage all interested parties to take part in this consultation. Comments and views will be compiled and examined in the Commission’s “Red Tape Observatory” and individually analysed by the responsible Commission services. To make it as easy and quick as possible to respond, the Commission is using its Interactive Policy Making (IPM) tool for this exercise. IPM aims to improve governance by using the Internet for collecting and analysing responses.
A presentation and a link to the questionnaire can be found at:
The questionnaire can also be accessed via links on the web pages of the different Commission services.
Furthermore, the Commission is also promoting this consultation with civil society organisations through the Commission’s CONECCS database: