EC Best Practice Report on Administrative Burden Reduction

Stock.xchngThe target to reduce administrative burdens for business in the EU by 25 percent by 2012 was initially proposed by the Commission in January 2007. This has been followed on February 21, 2012 with the EC’s publication of the report, “Europe Can Do More” on best practices in Member States to implement EU legislation in the least burdensome way.

The study lists 74 best practice examples – including initiatives on e-government, on intelligent solutions in particular for small businesses, direct stakeholder involvement, good guidance and cross-border initiatives.

It shows that there is ample scope for improving the implementation of EU legislation. Since almost a third of the administrative burdens on businesses deriving from EU legislation stem from inefficient national implementation of EU requirements, reducing such burdensome implementation is vital to improving the life of businesses and to boosting the EU’s economy and its competitiveness.

The report also includes a checklist with recommendations and invites readers to comment.

The full text is available online.