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This section contains key documents on Better Regulation strategy, organised in thematic areas.

 

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In its Communication on EU Regulatory Fitness of December 2012 (COM(2012)746) the Commission committed to strengthening its various smart regulation tools (impact assessment, evaluation, stakeholder consultation) and launched the Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT). Through REFIT, the Commission services have mapped the entire EU legislative stock looking to identify burdens, gaps and inefficient or ineffective measures including possibilities for simplification or repeal.

In a Staff Working Document (SWD(2013)401 final) of 1 August 2013, the initial outcome of the mapping and screening exercise undertaken by the Commission services is presented. This working document has not been adopted by the Commission. As a Commission Staff Working Document, it describes the results of the work done by the Directorates General of the Commission in preparation for a Commission Communication to be adopted in October which will review and set out the next steps in Regulatory Fitness Policy and Programme. Staff Working Document "Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT): Initial Results of the Mapping of the Acquis"SWD(2013) 401 finalpdf(593 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (1 August 2013).

On 18 June 2013, the Commission has adopted a communication (COM(2013)446pdf(152 kB) Choose translations of the previous link ) to address the Top ten most burdensome pieces of EU legislation, as identified by SMEs. The communication details the action taken or to be taken to address each of them. For each of the pieces of legislation identified by SMEs, the Commission has already reviewed the concerns expressed, taken action where this can be done by the Commission or made proposals to the co-legislators to ease the burden on SMEs.
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The Commission' report to the Spring European Council on "Smart Regulation – Responding to the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises" (COM(2013)122)pdf adopted on 7 March 2013 takes stock of the measures the Commission has taken to apply the "Think Small First" principle and minimize regulatory burden to SMEs since the last report in November 2011 (COM(2011)803) and sets out future actions.

A Staff Working Document (SWD(2013)60)pdf(457 kB) also adopted on 7 March publishes the results of a public consultation of the "TOP 1O most burdensome legislative acts for SMEs" and introduces a new annual scoreboard which will allow to track the progress in the legislative cycle of proposals where a significant impact on SMEs can be expected. The scoreboard will also show how different approaches to implementation by Member States affect the overall impact on SMEs.

 

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  • EU Regulatory Fitness
    Commission communication - COM(2012)746pdf(119 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (12 December 2012)

    Staff Working Document "Review of the Commission Consultation Policy" – SWD(2012) 422pdf(319 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (12 December 2012)

    Staff Working Document "Action Programme for Reducing Administrative Burdens in the EU" – SWD(2012) 423pdf(227 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  (12 December 2012) 
     
  • Smart Regulation in the European Union
    Commission communication - COM(2010)543 (8 October 2010) DE  EN  FR 
       
  • Annual reports on Better lawmaking 
     
  • Better Regulation - simply explained- brochure (2006)
     
  • Updating and simplifying the Community Acquis
    Commission communication - COM(2007)23pdf + SEC(2007)84pdf(166 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  
  • Inter-institutional Agreement on Better Lawmakingpdf(2003)
    Common commitments and objectives of the three main European institutions in the field of better regulation.
       
  • European governance
    White paper - COM(2001)428 (2001)
    Better Regulation action plan was the practical follow-up of the White Paper.
     
  • Mandelkernpdf(201 kB)report on Better Regulation (2001)
    The Report served as a basis for drawing the Better Regulation policy in the EU.

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 Impact assessment

  • See ' Guidelines' in the Commission Impact Assessment website

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 Consultation

  • Towards a reinforced culture of consultation and dialogue - General principles and minimum standards for consultation of interested parties by the Commission
    Commission communication - COM(2002)704 (2002)

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Administrative costs

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Choice of regulatory instruments

  • Inter-institutional Agreement on Better Lawmakingpdf(2003)
    Common commitments and objectives of the three main European institutions in the field of better regulation. 

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Transposition and application of EU law

  • Annual report on monitoring the application of Eu law (2011)
    COM(2012)714pdf (31.11.12)
     
  • A Europe of results - applying Community law
    COM(2007)502 (5 September 2007)
     

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Subsidiarity and proportionality - Annual reports on Better lawmaking

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Simplification

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Codification and recasting

  • Codification of the Acquis communautaire
    Commission communication - COM(2001)645 (2001)  

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Accessibility and presentation of EU law

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Inter-institutional coordination

  • Inter-institutional Agreement on Better Lawmakingpdf(2003)
    Common commitments and objectives of the three European institutions in the field of better regulation. Agreement includes the setting up of the High-level technical group for inter-institutional cooperation.  
  • Inter-institutional Agreement on a structured use of the recasting technique for legal acts (2002)
     
  • Common Approach to Impact Assessmentpdf(38 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

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