"The motto of administrative burden reduction has to be: as little legislation as possible. Europe has to give priority to ideas and innovation without bureaucratic stop signs. We will give economic growth in Europe a forward push if we manage to get on with this." Edmund Stoiber, Chairman of the High Level Group
The EU Commission has appointed a high-level group to advise it on reducing administrative burdens linked to its legislation.
So far the Commission has taken into account the group’s recommendations and suggestions in several proposals, such as those concerning the facilitation of electronic invoicing and the exemption of micro enterprises from EU accounting rules.
Under its first mandate [27 KB] the Group's main task had been to provide advice on administrative burden reduction measures suggested in the context of the Action Programme for Reducing Administrative Burdens in the EU. With the second mandate , the Group's work was prolonged until 31 December 2012. It extended inter alia to the Simplification Rolling Programme and to a report on Best Practice in Member States to implement EU legislation in the least burdensome way. With the third mandate [53 KB] adopted by the Commission on 5 December 2012 the Group will continue its work under the current Commission until October 2014. Work will focus on SMEs and micro enterprises, as well as how to make Member State public administrations more efficient and responsive to the needs of stakeholders when implementing EU legislation.