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No 26 (May 2001/Mai 2001/Mai 2001)
The European Commissioner responsible for the Internal Market, Frits Bolkestein, adopted a Commission Working Paper on the extension of SLIM (Simplification of Legislation in the Internal Market) to a fifth phase. The Working Paper sets out the three legislative areas: the shipment of radioactive substances and waste, the levels of pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables and the Directive on Cosmetics. These areas will be reviewed by SLIM teams, each composed of five representatives of Member States and an equal number representing users of the legislation concerned.
The SLIM Initiative constitutes an important element of the Commissions
overall strategy to improve the quality of Community legislation and
the regulatory environment in which business operates, as called for by
the Lisbon European Council in March 2000, commented Frits Bolkestein.
I fully expect that the next round of SLIM teams will undertake
a thorough review of the legislation to be addressed and will pay particular
attention to the removal of those provisions which are particularly burdensome
and costly for users of the legislation.
The SLIM Initiative was launched as a pilot project in 1996 (see SMN 4) and has facilitated the review of 14 legislative areas. Recommendations from SLIM teams have formed the basis of Commission proposals to simplify Community legislation in areas such as VAT, banking, combined nomenclature for external trade, ornamental plants, social security or recently recognition of professional qualifications (see SMN 25). A review of the strengths and weakness of the initiative was carried out in early 2000 (see SMN 21) and resulted in the adoption of a 15 point action plan to increase its effectiveness.
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