José Manuel BARROSO, President of the EC, meets with Edmund STOIBER, Chairman of the High-Level Group on Administrative Burden Reduction: roundtable and extracts from the joint press briefing
Première transmission: 21/02/2012
Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 21/02/2012
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, welcomed Edmund Stoiber, Chairman of the High-Level Group on Administrative Burden Reduction.
The Action Programme for Reducing Administrative Burdens in the European Union, presented by the European Commission in January 2007, demonstrates in concrete terms the way in which the Commission intends to work with Member States to cut administrative burdens on businesses by a quarter by 2012.
The Programme focuses on information obligations in thirteen selected priority areas including company law, employment relations, taxation/VAT, statistics, agriculture, and transport. Its aims are to measure administrative burdens in these key sectors and identify information obligations that should be reduced.
The group is composed of high-level national experts appointed by the Commission, acting on proposals from the Member States, and is open for observers from acceding countries. To focus better on improving the general regulatory policy for enterprises, industry, consumers, the social partners, and citizens at large, the HLG should not give opinions on specific legislative proposals.
On 31 August 2007, the Commission set up the "High Level Group of Independent Stakeholders on Administrative Burdens", which has a three-year mandate to advise on the implementation of the Action Programme. On 13 September, Edmund Stoiber was appointed as the group's chair.
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||José Manuel Barroso, EC President, welcomes Edmund Stoiber, Chairman of the High-Level Group on Administrative Burden Reduction, handshake, photo opportunity and roundtable (3 shots)
||José Manuel Barroso and Edmund Stoiber arriving at the VIP corner
||SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel Barroso: we are making very good progress. 33% that is the reduction, of administrative burden, that the Commission proposals will generate, in order words, we are saving companies 40 billion euro. Many of these proposals have benefit from the support of the group led by Dr Stoiber. When we proposed to scrap the paper VAT invoicing, and replace e-invoicing, or when we suggested exempting micro enterprises from EU accounting rules.
||Cutaway of the VIP corner
||SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel Barroso: Together with the agreement reached by the private sector, for a bond exchange offer, in which I am very confident a number of private sector bond holders will participate, this overall package opens the package for Greece, to construct a new and more sustainable economy, better able to generate growth and jobs. It also closes the door to a scenario of an uncontrolled default, with all its grave economic and social implications. That would be to use the word of the Greek Prime Minister a chaos for Greece and the Greek people.
||Cutaway of the VIP corner
||SOUNDBITE (German) Edmund Stoiber: The result of all of this is that if all member states were to follow the best practices in implementing and transposing EU laws and rules, one third of the administrative burden could disappear. So throughout Europe, there is a significant potential of savings of up to 40 billion euro. I call upon the member states to draw the necessary conclusions from these reports, we have got a checklist in the report which member states can avail themselves of. The checklist shows them how to proceed if they wish to transpose EU law as un-bureaucratically as possible.
||SOUNDBITE (German) Edmund Stoiber: It is interesting to hear that the president intends to expand the mandate, not just with a view to focusing upon small and medium enterprises but also with a view to the public administrations in the member states because implementation of EU law has shown a lot of inefficiency in the member states. That is going to trigger discussions in the European Parliament, and the national parliaments.
||Edmund Stoiber handing over a copy of "Report on Europe can do better" to José Manuel Barroso