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Launch of High Level Expert Group on Administrative Burdens chaired by Mr Stoiber
Commission Européenne - MEMO/07/471 19/11/2007
Brussels, 19th November 2007
Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso, Vice President Günter Verheugen and Mr. Edmund Stoiber agreed on the composition of the High Level Expert Group on the Reduction of Administrative Burdens in Brussels today and launched the work of the group. Mr Stoiber will chair the High Level Group of 15 experts (see list of members in the annex). The Group has a three-year mandate (IP/07/1339). Its task is to advise the Commission on the implementation of the action plan on reducing administrative burden imposed by legislation in the Union. The ambitious programme presented by the European Commission last January and endorsed by the European Council of March 2007 aims to cut by 25% the administrative burdens of businesses in the EU by 2012 (IP 07/77)
The work of the High Level Group follows up on a measurement exercise carried out by a consortium composed of Cap Gemini, Deloitte and Ramboll Management within the 13 priority areas defined by the Action Programme (IP/07/1373). This measurement exercise, based on the European Standard Cost Model, will identify the existing administrative burdens in these areas and can be described as technical preparatory work.
The High Level Group will then base its own work on the outcome of this purely technical measurement work. Building on the professional experience of its members, it will discuss this outcome and draw operational conclusions and issue recommendations to the Commission on what should follow in terms of modification of existing Community legislation.
Based on the Group's proposals the Commission will then take its decisions.
Currently, the consortium is mapping obligations that EU legislation currently puts on business to provide information. The consultants will also examine how these EU requirements have been transposed into national legislation in order to identify “gold plating” (i.e. when Member States have decided to go beyond what is required by the EU). The Commission will publish these results at the end of next year.
The Members of the Group have first hand experience in Better Regulation and cover the 13 policy areas in which administrative costs are being measured. The group includes the leaders of several bodies charged with fighting red tape at member state level, representatives from the industry, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), trade unions as well as environmental and consumer organisations.
More information (including mandate of the High-Level Group of 31 August 2007)
Annex: List of members
The Commission had invited representative organisations to nominate
candidates which they have done so in the meantime. Based on these nominations,
the Commission appoints the members of the group. Mr Stoiber is fully involved
in this process.