This section contains key documents on Better Regulation strategy, organised in thematic areas.
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 final (1 August 2013).
On 18 June 2013, the Commission has adopted a communication (COM(2013)446 ) 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.
The Commission' report to the Spring European Council on "Smart Regulation – Responding to the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises" (COM(2013)122) 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) 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.