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Discussion with E. Stoiber on administrative burden reduction until 2014


President Barroso received Dr Edmund Stoiber, chairman of the High-Level Group on the reduction of administrative burdens, to discuss priorities of the group's prolonged mandate. The Commission is finalising work on the new mandate beyond 2012 and intends 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.

Read more about the results of the meeting

Read the statement by President Barroso following his meeting with Edmund Stoiber in February 2012

Read more about the Group's report "Europe can do more" on best practice in Member States to implement EU legislation

Questions and Answers: Where the European Union stands on reducing administrative burdens