"Smart regulation" means delivering EU policies and laws that bring the greatest possible benefits to people and businesses in the most effective way.
The Commission assesses the impact of EU legislation at every stage: when a policy is designed, when it is in place, when it is reviewed.
Legislation in force in the EU countries is:
In many cases EU countries are responsible for transposing, applying and enforcing EU law nationally. All those involved, from the European Parliament and Council to local administrations, are responsible for making sure that the benefits of the legislation are achieved in the most effective way and that businesses are not burdened with unnecessary costs.
The Commission also promotes best regulatory principles at international level, including at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
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