I warmly welcome this initiative and I call upon all citizens and enterprises: please let us know where you think further decisive action against red tape is necessary. We will follow it up since red tape should belong to the past, not to our future
As the European Commission continues its progress towards its goal of reducing administrative burdens for enterprises by 25 percent in 2012, citizens and entrepreneurs are now invited to come forward with their practical ideas for cutting red tape. The High Level Group of Independent Stakeholders on Administrative Burdens (HLG AB) launched today a new competition “Best Idea for Red Tape Reduction Award”.
The competition was presented by Dr. Edmund Stoiber, Chairman of the HLG AB, Member of the European Parliament Jan Mulder, Johanna Maij-Weggen (CoR), Jorge Pegado Liz (EESC), Daniel Trnka (representative of the upcoming Czech Council Presidency), Malgorzata Kaluzynska (Standard Cost Model – Network, SCM), Frank Frick (Bertelsmann Stiftung) and Michael Gibbons (entrepreneur, member of the HLG AB).
Dr. Edmund Stoiber said: “If we want to reduce red tape substantially, we need to involve those who are confronted with red tape in their daily life. That is why our Group has proposed to organise a competition for best ideas on reducing administrative burdens. Businesses will profit from less red tape and so will the people working in these companies. By participating in the competition, everyone can become an accelerator in this process.” Designed to broaden the scope for cutting red tape the competition welcomes all ideas to improve the life of entrepreneurs, in particular in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). By reducing unnecessary administrative burdens businesses can spend more time on their core activities and need to devote less time on paper work. This could free up urgently required resources for research, development and growth. Entries will be assessed by the jury on criteria such as originality and degree of innovation, feasibility, reduction potential and transferability of possible solutions to other areas and member states. Vice President Verheugen and Dr. Stoiber will hand out the award for the Best Idea for Red Tape Reduction on the occasion of the European Enterprise Awards ceremony in Prague on 13 May 2009. The three candidates with the best ideas will be invited to attend the awards ceremony, where the winner will be announced. The winner will have the opportunity to present his/her idea at this international event. The competition is a new idea by stakeholders to give further momentum to the Action Programme for Reducing Administrative Burden in the EU. It is supported by the SCM Network and Bertelsmann Stiftung. Anybody can now make a contribution to reducing administrative burden in the European Union by 25 % (or even more!) by 2012.