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Administrative burden

The cost of administrative activities that businesses conduct solely in order to comply with legal obligations.

Administrative costs

Costs incurred by businesses in meeting legal obligations to provide information on their action or production.


Better Regulation


Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme


In a wide sense, used in some Member States, codification means gathering all legislation on a particular topic into a single "book" (e.g. penal code). In a narrow sense, and as used in the EU context, codification consists of the adoption of a new legislative act which incorporates and repeals the previous ones (i.e. the basic act and all amending acts). This makes the law clearer and more easily accessible without changing its substance.

Gold plating

In the EU context, 'gold-plating' refers to transposition of EU legislation, which goes beyond what is required by that legislation, while staying within legality. Member States have large discretion when implementing EC directives. They may increase reporting obligations, add procedural requirements, or apply more rigorous penalty regimes. If not illegal, 'gold plating' is usually presented as a bad practice because it imposes costs that could have been avoided.


High level group


High Level Group of Independent Stakeholders on Administrative Burdens


High Level Group of Independent Stakeholders on Better Regulation


Impact Assessment Board


Information Obligation


Organisation of Ecomonic Cooperation and Development


Recasting refers to a legislative technique where a legislative proposal/act is a mix of substantial amendment and codification. This technique uses the opportunity provided by a substantial amendment to the basic legislative act to codify the original act and all its subsequent amendments. Unlike codification, recasting changes the substance of the law. Recasting is one form of simplification and a recasting proposal follows a normal legislative procedure according to its legal base.


A legal act by which the regulations, directives and decisions are formally repealed and their validity is terminated.


Small Business Act


Standard Cost Model


In the better regulation context screening is normally used in two different meanings:

  • At one level, the Commission is screening the existing stock of EU legislation to verify its relevance and possible need for simplification or repeal of obsolete legislation with a view to strengthening its simplification programme.
  • At another level, the Commission regularly screens proposals pending before the legislator (the European Parliament and the Council) to make sure that they are relevant and up to date.
Simplification proposals

These are Commission's legislative proposals which aim to simplify existing EU-legislation (the "acquis"). They generally take the form of repeal, codification, recasting or amendment.

In certain instances, the Commission has been empowered to modify on its own the rulebook, via so-called "autonomous acts".

In the absence of such provisions, the normal legislative procedure is to be followed: the Commission first exercise its right of initiative by designing a legislative proposal. The latter has then to be carried for final adoption through the appropriate Community decision making process by the legislative authority (the European Parliament and the Council where the co-decision procedure applies). In the case of directives, the corresponding rules have in turn to be transposed within a predetermined period into national legislation.


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