Debating the re-launch of targets for burden reduction at the EU level


Nineteen EU member states, which between them represent over three-quarters of EU citizens and over 80% of EU GDP, have written to European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans calling for the Commission to adopt clear targets for reducing the overall burden of EU regulation on business.

The letter welcomes Mr Timmermans’ leadership and the more strategic approach taken by the Commission towards cutting business red tape, demonstrated by the recently-published 2016 Work Programme’s focus on competitiveness.

The letter has been signed by Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.

According to the final text of the new Interinstitutional Agreement on Better Law-Making which is expected to be approved in the early 2016, European Commission is going to assess the feasibility of introducing targets for burden reduction in specific sectors.

(Fabrizio Di Mascio)