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European Commission


Brussels, 9 October 2012

Results of the meeting of Commission President Barroso and Dr Edmund Stoiber, chairman of the High-Level Group on the Reduction of Administrative Burdens

Today the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, received Dr Edmund Stoiber, chairman of the High-Level Group on the Reduction of Administrative Burdens, in Brussels. President Barroso used the opportunity to thank and congratulate Mr Stoiber for the important contribution which he and his Group have been making to cut red tape at EU and national level during the past five years.

Today they discussed the priorities for the High-Level Group in the context of a prolonged mandate beyond 31 December 2012. This prolongation has been agreed in principle by the President and Dr Stoiber on 21 February 2012 and was reconfirmed at today's meeting.

The Commission is now finalising the work on the new mandate and has the intention to adopt it in the coming weeks.

The focus of the prolonged mandate until 31st October 2014 will be that the High-Level Group continues to advise the Commission in improving the overall competitiveness of the European Union by reducing administrative burden resulting from EU legislation.

It is envisaged that the Group's mandate will notably include the task to follow up with Member States on effective implementation of measures adopted under the EU's Administrative Burden Reduction Programme as part of a wider approach to smart regulation and drawing on the best practice report presented in February 2012.

The Group would also continue to pay particular attention to the needs of small and medium sized enterprises, in particular micro companies so as to minimise their administrative burden.

For more information:

SPEECH/12/113 Statement by President Barroso following his meeting with Edmund Stoiber, Chairman of the High-Level Group on Administrative Burden Reduction

IP/12/146 Europe can do better: President Barroso welcomes best practice report on administrative burden reduction and calls on Member States to learn from each other

MEMO/12/116 Where the European Union stands on reducing administrative burdens – Questions and Answers

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