The Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT) systematically reviews EU legislation in order to:
- see if its aims are being met efficiently and effectively
- detect regulatory burdens, gaps and inefficiencies
- identify opportunities for simplification
- enable the Commission to propose that Council and Parliament revise or repeal legislation where appropriate.
Reducing regulatory burdens
2 concepts are at work in the EU's efforts under REFIT:
simplification – making EU laws clearer and easier to understand
reducing regulatory burdens – lessening the reporting, monitoring and other requirements imposed by EU laws and making it easier for businesses to meet them.
The Commission publishes REFIT scoreboards to show how the European institutions and national governments are progressing towards these goals.
REFIT: results & next steps – COM(2013) 685 final
REFIT: mapping the acquis, initial results – SWD(2013) 401 final
EU regulatory fitness – COM(2012) 746 final