Brussels, 14th November 2006
The European Commission has today put forward a proposal to cut, jointly with Member States, the administrative burden for companies by 25 % by 2012. This could lead to an increase of an estimated 1.5 % in EU GDP and subsequently more investment for growth and new jobs, amounting to €150 billion. To achieve this target, member states and regional and local authorities must also give a new political momentum to their own efforts to cut red tape. This is one of the forward looking initiatives contained in the first strategic review of the "Better Regulation" initiative. The strategic review assesses the progress to date and makes an ambitious set of proposals. The system for impact assessment of all major new proposals for legislation will be beefed up to ensure quality and objectivity through the establishment of an Impact Assessment Board. Furthermore, 43 new initiatives have been added to the simplification rolling programme covering the period 2006-2009 across a broad spectrum of policy areas. These include actions in the agriculture domain, for manufactured goods including construction products, cosmetics, and industrial emissions.
President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, said, “Our first strategic review of the better regulation initiative shows that a new political culture is emerging in the Commission. We will continue to legislate to provide added value at the European level. Our aim is for a high quality European regulatory environment that responds to citizen's demands but does not place unnecessary administrative burdens on business. The initiatives announced today show the political determination of this Commission to deliver on this agenda”.
Commission Vice President Günter Verheugen, responsible for enterprise and industry policy, said: “We are moving ahead with an unprecedented drive to cut administrative burdens in Europe. We have been speaking about this for some time, now we are delivering. This will make a real difference to European businessmen. But the Commission cannot succeed alone. I call on the European Council, the European Parliament and the Member States, to endorse the priorities outlined in our communication as a common agenda for Better Regulation in the European Union and join our efforts..:”
The strategic review shows the progress to date on the Better regulation initiative including:
Following a strategic review of the progress to date, the Commission proposes to reinforce the better regulation initiative with an ambitious set of initiatives:
Memo 1: Reducing administrative costs
Memo 2: Simplification and codification
Memo 3 Establishment of an Impact Assessment Board