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Simpler Community Legislation

The Commission’s programme on Simplification

The Commission adopted a comprehensive multi-annual programme in February 2003 to simplify and update Community Legislation. This programme includes a range of initiatives (codification, consolidation, the removal of out of date texts and simplification) which will be carried forward over the next two years. The Commission will present regular reports on how the programme is progressing. The first report will appear in October 2003.

11.02.2003
Communication from the Commission:
Updating and Simplifying the Community Acquis – COM(2003)71
24.10.2003
First report on the implementation of the framework action
“Updating and simplifying the Community acquis“ – COM(2003)623

SLIM - Simpler Legislation for the Internal Market

The Commission launched a multi-annual project in 1996 to streamline key Internal Market Legislation.The programme examined 17 different legislative sectors during five phases of activity between 1996-2002.

For further information on how SLIM works, see Commission Communication on Simpler Legislation for the Internal Market (SLIM) (COM(1996)204). This also provides details on the work of SLIM teams during phase 1.

The 5 phases 

For information on the activity of SLIM teams and results attained see:

Phase 5
Commission Staff Working Paper on the launch of Phase 5 – SEC(2001)575pdf Choose translations of the previous link 
Commission Staff Working Paper on the outcome of Phase 5 – SEC(2001)1997pdf Choose translations of the previous link 
Phase 4
Commission Staff Working Paper on the launch of Phase 4 – SEC(1998)1944pdf Choose translations of the previous link 
Communication from the Commission on the outcome of Phase 4 – COM(2000)56pdf Choose translations of the previous link 
Phase 3
Commission Staff Working Paper on the launch of Phase 3 – SEC(1998)559pdf Choose translations of the previous link 
Communication from the Commission on the outcome of Phase 3 – COM(1999)88pdf Choose translations of the previous link 
Phase 2
Commission Staff Working Paper on the launch of Phase 2 – SEC(1997)951pdf Choose translations of the previous link 
Communication from the Commission on the outcome of Phase 2 – COM(97)618pdf Choose translations of the previous link 
Phase 1
Communication from the Commission on the outcome of Phase 1 – COM(1996)559pdf Choose translations of the previous link 

For details on the work of individual SLIM teams during Phase 5, see ”Fifth Phase 2001

The Commission has sought to improve the effectiveness of SLIM. In 2000, it conducted a detailed review and made proposals to improve its operation. See Communication from the Commission – Review of SLIM (COM(2000)104) and Commission Staff Working Paper (SEC(2000)104).

Press releases

03.05.2001
Commission launches new round of SLIM
26.02.2001
Professional qualifications: Commission welcomes adoption of simplification Directive
06.03.2000
Commission moves to simplify single market legislation
25.11.1997
New approach to simplifying Single Market legislation bears fruit
06.11.1996
New method to simplify Single Market Legislation