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“Tell us where to cut red-tape”, Commission asks business in online consultation

European Commission - IP/05/693   08/06/2005

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IP/05/693

Brussels, 8 June 2005

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“Tell us where to cut red-tape”, Commission asks business in online consultation

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:

http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/consultations

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:

http://ec.europa.eu/civil_society/coneccs/index_en.htm

Annex: Questionnaire


Category
Do you represent a:(Compulsory)
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Company [Graphic in PDF & Word format]National NGO [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Other
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]National business organisation [Graphic in PDF & Word format]European NGO  
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]European business organisation [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Public sector  
What sector(s) do you operate in / do you represent?(Compulsory)
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Accommodation, Cafes and Restaurants [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Communication Services
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Construction [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Cultural and Recreational Services [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Education
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Electricity, Gas and Water Supply [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Finance and Insurance [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Health and Community Services
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Manufacturing [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Mining [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Personal and Other Services
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Property and Business Services [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Retail Trade [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Transport and Storage
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Wholesale Trade
What is the size of your company (number of employees)?
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]self–employed [Graphic in PDF & Word format]10-49 [Graphic in PDF & Word format]250-499
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]1-9 [Graphic in PDF & Word format]50-249 [Graphic in PDF & Word format]500+
How long has your business been in operation?
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Intend to set up a business in the next 6 months [Graphic in PDF & Word format]2-5 years
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Less than two years [Graphic in PDF & Word format]5 years or more
In which country/contries is your business or organisation based?(Compulsory)
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]AT - Austria [Graphic in PDF & Word format]HU - Hungary [Graphic in PDF & Word format]SI - Slovenia
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]BE - Belgium [Graphic in PDF & Word format]IE - Ireland [Graphic in PDF & Word format]SK - Slovak Republic
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]CY - Cyprus [Graphic in PDF & Word format]IT - Italy [Graphic in PDF & Word format]UK - United Kingdom
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]CZ - Czech Republic [Graphic in PDF & Word format]LT - Lithuania [Graphic in PDF & Word format]IS - Iceland
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]DE - Germany [Graphic in PDF & Word format]LU - Luxembourg [Graphic in PDF & Word format]LI - Liechtenstein
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]DK - Denmark [Graphic in PDF & Word format]LV - Latvia [Graphic in PDF & Word format]NO - Norway
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]EE - Estonia [Graphic in PDF & Word format]MT - Malta [Graphic in PDF & Word format]CH - Switzerland
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]EL - Greece [Graphic in PDF & Word format]NL - Netherlands [Graphic in PDF & Word format]BG - Bulgaria
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]ES - Spain [Graphic in PDF & Word format]PL - Poland [Graphic in PDF & Word format]TR - Turkey
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]FI - Finland [Graphic in PDF & Word format]PT - Portugal [Graphic in PDF & Word format]RO - Romania
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]FR - France [Graphic in PDF & Word format]SE - Sweden [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Other
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]
Do you sell/buy goods/services in other Member States?
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Yes [Graphic in PDF & Word format]No
Rules / procedures
The following questions asks you to provide details on poor quality rules/procedures.
Please indicate which policy area is causing you problems:(Compulsory)
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Retail/Distribution trade [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Production & marketing of goods [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Health & safety in the workplace
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Employment [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Taxation & Customs [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Financial Services
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Company law [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Public procurement [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Environment
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Consumer protection [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Provision of services [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Social security
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Energy [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Research and Innovation [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Transport
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Agriculture [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Fisheries [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Other, please specify

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Do you know the source/origin of the rules/procedures?(Compulsory)
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Yes [Graphic in PDF & Word format]No
Please identify the source of the rules/procedures:
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]European legislation [Graphic in PDF & Word format]National rules/procedures
implementing EU legislation [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Other National/regional rules/procedures
Please identify where you experience problems with the rules/procedures:(Compulsory)
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]AT - Austria [Graphic in PDF & Word format]BE - Belgium [Graphic in PDF & Word format]CY - Cyprus
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]CZ - Czech Republic [Graphic in PDF & Word format]DE - Germany [Graphic in PDF & Word format]DK - Denmark
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]EE - Estonia [Graphic in PDF & Word format]EL - Greece [Graphic in PDF & Word format]ES - Spain
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]FI - Finland [Graphic in PDF & Word format]FR - France [Graphic in PDF & Word format]HU - Hungary
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]IE - Ireland [Graphic in PDF & Word format]IT - Italy [Graphic in PDF & Word format]LT - Lithuania
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]LU - Luxembourg [Graphic in PDF & Word format]LV - Latvia [Graphic in PDF & Word format]MT - Malta
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]NL - Netherlands [Graphic in PDF & Word format]PL - Poland [Graphic in PDF & Word format]PT - Portugal
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]SE - Sweden [Graphic in PDF & Word format]SI - Slovenia [Graphic in PDF & Word format]SK - Slovak Republic
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]UK - United Kingdom [Graphic in PDF & Word format]IS - Iceland [Graphic in PDF & Word format]LI - Liechtenstein
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]NO - Norway [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Other:
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]
If you can, please provide us with specific reference to the legislation which is causing problems
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]
What are your problems?
Please tell us what is wrong with the rules/procedures which are causing you problems. For example, the problems could relate to the text of the legislation and/or how to implement it in a company/organisation. Equally, problems might arise from the way the legislation is enforced and/or possible compliance costs.
Is the problem caused by the way the rules/procedures
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]have been drafted
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]have been implemented
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]are enforced
Text of rules/procedures are
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]in conflict with other relevant legislations/procedures
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Too difficult to understand
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Too strict – leaves no discretion
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Too detailed
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Almost impossible/very difficult to comply with
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Changed too often
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Not specific enough – too general or vague
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Not meeting the set objectives
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Going beyond what is in EU legislation
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Other problem, please specify
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]
Implementation of the rule/procedure
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]There has not been enough time to prepare for the entry into force of new rules
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Implementation is too burdensome (e.g. too much paper work)
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Implementation not taken place at the appropriate governmental level
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Lack of information to advise companies on the implementation of the legislation
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Information on how to implement/comply with the legislation is unclear
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]National/EU administrative structure is not in place to facilitate implementation (e.g. forms/services/authorisations/designated offices not available yet)
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]It is difficult to contact the relevant authorities responsible for the legislation
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Competent authorities do not respond adequately to requests for guidance
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]There are technical difficulties in implementing the rules expand on
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Other problem, please specify
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]
Enforcement
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Enforcement is too strict – goes beyond what is really necessary
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]There are no effective sanctions for non-compliance
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]There are different enforcement authorities responsible for the legislation and they are not consistent in the way they enforce the rules
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Enforcement is sometimes uneven or selective
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]The same legislation is enforced differently outside my home country
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Other, please specify
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]
Compliance costs
These are the costs you must meet in order to comply with the rules. These costs may be either one-off costs or recurrent costs or both.
Do the rules/procedures you are concerned about generate any disproportionate compliance costs?(Compulsory)
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Yes [Graphic in PDF & Word format]No
Can you give an estimation of the total annual compliance costs (in your currency) created by the rule/procedure indicated in your previous answers? (Please state the currency and amount)
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]
Are these one-off costs or recurrent costs?
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]One-off costs [Graphic in PDF & Word format]Recurrent costs
One-off costs:
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Level of rates for permits and licenses
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Costs to buy new equipment to comply with the rules/standards
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Costs to buy-in specialist services
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Costs to meet new personnel
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Costs to monitor your compliance with the rules
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Costs to retrain staff
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Costs to undertake re-organisation to comply
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Other, please specify:
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]
Recurrent costs:
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]High frequency of reporting and notifying government authorities
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Lengthy forms to fill in
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Long/slow procedures associated with applications for permits, licenses and/or authorisations
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Need to apply for additional permits, licenses and/or authorisations
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Overlap of information requested by different government services
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Requests for unnecessary/outdated information
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Collection, provision and transmission of information e.g. on output, labour force, trade/exports
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Other, please specify
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]
What is the impact of the poor-quality rules/procedures? For example:(Compulsory)
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]It acts as a disincentive to starting up a business in your sector
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]It distorts competition
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]It reduces turnover
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]It discourages efforts to innovate
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]It deters expansion
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]It restricts employment creation
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]It causes uncertainty in the sector
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]It does not encourage compliance
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Other, please specify:
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]
Do you have suggestions on how the objectives of the rule/procedure can be reached without creating the problems you have identified?
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]Yes [Graphic in PDF & Word format]No
Please describe the suggestions you have:
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]
Contact details
If you would like the Commission to be able to contact you to clarify your comments, please enter your contact details.
Any information you provide will not be made available to third parties.
This consultation is subject to a Data Privacy Statement.
Please enter the name of your organisation/contact person:
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]
Please enter your email address:
[Graphic in PDF & Word format]
Other rules/procedures causing you problems?
If there are other rules/procedures you are concerned about, please submit this questionnaire first and then restart the process.


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