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    Frans Timmermans began his career in 1987 as an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. After taking part in the induction course for diplomats, he worked as a policy officer in the ministry's European Integration Department from 1988 to 1990, before joining the Dutch embassy in Moscow as Second Embassy Secretary.

    After a brief period back in The Hague as deputy head of the Ministry for Development Cooperation's European Affairs Section, Mr Timmermans became a member of the staff of European Commissioner Hans van de Broek. He later became adviser and private secretary to Max van der Stoel, the High Commissioner on National Minorities for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

    From 1998 he was a member of the House of Representatives for the Labour Party (PvdA). In that capacity, he dealt principally with foreign affairs. He was chair of the Permanent Committee on Economic Affairs and represented the House of Representatives in the European Convention.

    In the fourth Balkenende government, from February 2007 to February 2010, Mr Timmermans was Minister for European Affairs. After the fall of that government he returned to the House as the PvdA's spokesperson on foreign policy.

    On 5 November 2012 Mr Timmermans was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Rutte-Asscher government.

    Since 1 November 2014, Mr Timmermans is the European Commission’s First Vice-President, responsible for better regulation, inter-institutional relations, the rule of law and the Charter of fundamental rights.

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The "Government group" - one representative per Member State

  • Austria


    Head of Legistics, Legal Information, Federal State Affairs and Administrative Organisational Law Division within the Constitutional Law Department of the Federal Chancellery of Austria

    Mr Irresberger, who possesses a doctorate degree in Legal Science, started to work as a legal counsellor in the Constitutional Law Department of the Federal Chancellary of Austria in 1989. He has been Head of Legistics, Legal Information, Federal State Affairs and Administrative Organisational Law Division since 1997.

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  • Belgium

    Ms Maureen LOGGHE

    Advisor, Head of Unit International Strategy, Office of the President in the Federal Public Service Economy, SME’s, Self Employed and Energy

    Ms Logghe started working as a chemical engineer for the Federal Public Service (FPS) Economy, SMEs, Self Employed and Energy at DG Quality and Safety, Consumer Safety Department, in 2002, implementing European legislation into national legislation, following standardization and coordinating market surveillance. In 2015, she became Head of Unit International Strategy at the Office of the President, following internal market policies. She was a seconded national expert and policy officer at DG Enterprise, European Commission location Brussels between March 2008 and February 2013. Prior to joining the FPS Economy, Ms Logghe worked as a chemical engineer for the State laboratory in Ghent, publishing papers on developing new detection methods for corticosteroids in scientific magazines. Ms Logghe graduated in 1994 from the University of Ghent as a Bio-engineer specialising in Chemistry.

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  • Bulgaria

    Ms Daniela VEZIEVA

    Deputy Minister of Economy of the Republic of Bulgaria

    Born in the city of Russe, Bulgaria. She graduated from the “D. A. Tsenov” Academy of Economics in Svishtov with a degree in finance and credit and further specialization in “Public sector controlling”. Her expertise focuses on public finance and administration. She has been working on projects relating to decentralization and implementation of new governance models since 2003. From 2007 to 2014 she was the Bulgarian representative at the Budget Committee of European Schools. Previously to taking on the role of Deputy Minister of Economy she was Head of Department at the Regional Inspectorate of Education in Russe, thus bearing responsibility for all administrative, legal, financial and communication affairs related to the Inspectorate’s operations. Fluent in Russian and English.

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  • Croatia

    Mr Vedran KRUŽIĆ

    Assistant Minister

    Mr Kružić has been Assistant Minister for Trade and Internal Market at the Ministry of Economy since 2012. He graduated from the College of Economics at the University of Rijeka and has worked as a manager in the private telecom sector as well as Director of Large Account and Government Business Sales Department in Hrvatski Telecom d.d. He is also president of the Management Council at the Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar, of the National Council for Consumer Protection and of the National Council for eBusiness.

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  • Cyprus

    Ms Irene PIKI


    Head of Better Regulation, Investment and Entrepreneurship Division at the Unit of Administrative Reform (UAR) in the Presidency of the Republic of Cyprus. UAR, which was formed in October 2014, deals with the formulation and implementation of the new Growth Agenda. Irene joined the government in 1997 and worked for 10 years in the department responsible for EU regional policy. During the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2012, she was Head of the Programme and Policy Coordination Unit. She studied Regional Science at Reading University and holds a Master on Environmental and Resource Economics from University College London.

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  • Czech Republic

    Mr Jan KRAVČÍK

    Senior Government Counsellor at the Department of Regulatory Impact Assessment

    Mr Kravčíkhas been in the Czech state administration since 2010. At the Ministry of the Interior, he focused on international cooperation in public administration, namely on human resources management and social dialogue in civil service. Currently, he is a senior counsellor at the Office of the Government in charge of communication with the legislation stakeholders, providing also analytical support to the Regulatory Impact Assessment process. Since 2011, he has been representing the Czech Republic in the OECD Public Governance Committee and other international forums.

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  • Denmark

    Ms Lisbet DYERBERG

    Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Danish Ministry of Business and Growth

    Ms Dyerberg has extensive experience with better regulation and stakeholder involvement. She has been the Ministry’s liaison with the Danish Business Forum for Better Regulation since its inception in 2012, supervising the government’s compliance with simplification proposals from the Forum. Member of the Council High Level Group on Competitiveness and Growth, she has a background in law and has held her current position since 2011, having served the Ministry since 1997.

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  • Estonia

    Mr Kaupo SEMPELSON

    Expert of Economic Development Department

    Mr Sempelson is currently working as an expert of economic development department in the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. His core task is designing a favourable business environment. He participated in preparing and launching several administrative burden reduction initiatives in Estonia, like the administrative burden calculator, zero bureaucracy etc. He is also acting as a main contact point regarding EU policies to reduce administrative burden. Mr Sempelson has been working on better regulation issues for more than eight years.

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  • Finland

    Mr Pekka TIMONEN



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  • France

    Mr Thierry-Xavier GIRARDOT

    Conseiller d’Etat, State Councillor Directeur, adjoint au secrétaire général du Gouvernement Director, deputy Secretary General of the French Government

    1991-1992 : Ecole nationale d’administration National School of Administration (ENA) 1993-1998 : Conseil d’Etat, Auditeur puis maître des requêtes – Council of state, auditor then Master of Requests 1998-2002 : Conseiller juridique à la représentation permanente de la France auprès de l’Union européenne, à Bruxelles - Legal Adviser to the Permanent Representation of France to the EU in Brussels 2002-2007 : Directeur des affaires juridiques au ministère de l’éducation nationale, de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche - Director of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research 2007-2009 : Directeur des affaires juridiques au ministère de l’écologie, du développement durable, de l’énergie, des transports et du logement - Director of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of ecology, sustainable development, energy, transport and housing Depuis 2009 :since 2009, Directeur, adjoint au secrétaire général du Gouvernement - Director, deputy Secretary General of the French Government

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  • Germany

    Mr Wolf-Dieter PLESSING


    Born 1951; studied economics and law in Mannheim and Tübingen (1972-77); practiced law in Hamburg (1977-80), teaching European law (Université Paris II 1980/81); post-graduate study at the école nationale d’administration in Paris (international diploma in public administration 1985); desk officer for industrial policy in the Federal Ministry of Economics (1981 – 90); head of the division for restructuring and privatisation of the former state owned enterprises in the German New Länder (1990 – 1998); agent of the Federal Republic of Germany before the European Court of Justice in Luxemburg (1998 – 2004), head of the division “European law” of the Federal Ministry of Finance (2004 – 2006) and of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (2006 – 2009); since 2009 Deputy Director General for European Policy in the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy.

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  • Greece

    Mr Ilias KOROMILAS

    Head of Better Regulation Office

    Mr Koromilas has been the Head of Better Regulation Office of the General Secretariat of the Greek Government and national representative in the Working Group of the Council on Better Regulation for Competitiveness and Growth since 2013. Having a doctorate degree in sociology and a master's degree in criminology, he has been working both as special adviser on better regulation and as lecturer, scientific researcher and collaborator. He is author of numerous publications and is president of the administrative board of the Criminologists' Society of Panteion University.

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  • Hungary

    Mr Peter Pal SCHMITT

    Director General for EU Coordination, Institutional and Legal Affairs, State Secretariat for European Union Affairs. Prime Minister’s Office, Hungary

    Mr Schmitt has been Director General for EU Coordination, Institutional and Legal Affairs at the EU State Secretariat of the Prime Minister’s Office since 2014. He served as Consul General of Hungary to Shanghai (2013-2014). Earlier, he worked as head of the Foreign Affairs Department at the Prime Minister’s Office and as a foreign policy advisor at the Prime Minister’s International Desk. Before entering public service, Mr Schmitt worked as a lawyer. He also was a foreign policy editor at the News Section of Duna Television in Hungary. He has a degree in legal and political sciences (MA), and a specialized degree in international relations (MA). In 2014 he was appointed honorary professor of Zhejiang University of Technology in China.

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  • Ireland

    Mr Colm Forde

    Principal Officer in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland

    Mr Forde is a Principal Officer in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland. He has responsibility for the administration of company law and business regulation. The Business Regulation Unit works with business to identify regulatory burdens and to find practical solutions with relevant Government Departments and Agencies. Prior to his current position, he worked in the Department of Finance in a number of policy areas including economics, public finances and VAT policy

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  • Italy

    Ms Silvia PAPARO

    Dipartimento Funzione Pubblica

    Since 2008, Ms Paparo has been Director General of the Office for Simplification at the Department for Public Administration, Prime Minister's office. She has acquired substantial knowledge in the field of better regulation by working on several initiatives aimed at making the citizen-public administration relationship simpler. As Director General, she coordinates the implementation of simplification policies, the activities on measurement and reduction of regulatory burdens imposed on SMEs, with a special focus on improving multilevel governance and stakeholder consultation.

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  • Latvia

    Ms Zaiga LIEPIŅA

    Deputy State Secretary at the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia

    Was (born in 1969 in Riga, Latvia) is Deputy State Secretary at the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia. She has more than 20 years' of experience in the government sector. Since 2001, she has been responsible for shaping and implementing of policies related to foreign economic relations and EU internal market regulation. She is a member of the High Level Working Group on Competitiveness and Growth, which is the body of the EU Council gathering high level representatives designed by Member States and the European Commission. In 2015 she also was the chair of the High Level Working Group on Competitiveness and Growth. From 2004 to 2014 she was the Full Member of EU Trade Policy Committee and responsible for foreign trade policy issues in Latvia. Prior to that, Zaiga worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for more than 9 years, where she developed her excellent diplomatic skills and extensive knowledge of external trade relations. From 2002 to 20007 she was also the board member of several Latvian State Joint-Stock Companies. Zaiga has an MBA in economics (1991) and a post-graduate degree in International Economy and Law (1992), both from the University of Latvia. She further developed her knowledge studying International Business at the United Business Institute in Belgium (2000).

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  • Lithuania


    Director of Company Law and Business Environment Improvement Department of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania

    In the area of better regulation she works as a senior coordinator and is responsible for the organisation, planning and implementation of the activities carried out by her team. Also her responsibilities cover areas of single market services, competition and state aid, company law including policy making of the state owned companies. Ausra Keniausyte has master degrees in Law and in Political Sciences both from Vilnius University

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  • Luxembourg

    Mr Marc LEMAL

    Marc Lemal has a qualification as a lawyer and a public notary. He is holder of a master degree in international trade law from the Sorbonne University and an LLM in international trade law from the London School of Economics. Initially Mr Lemal has been working as an independent lawyer. Since 2001, he is working for the Luxembourg government. First he was legal advisor for the national Telecommunications Company EPT (2001-2007), then worked as legal advisor for the Ministry of Economy (2007-2015) and since 2015 he is legal advisor for the Ministry of Public Service and Administrative Reform. His fields of activities are better regulation, disciplinary matters, legal advisory and litigation.

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  • Malta

    Mr John AQUILINA

    Managing Consultant, Office of the Prime Minister, MALTA

    John Aquilina has 27 years international work experience mostly in top management positions within private and public sectors. Between 1991 and 2003, he held information technology and innovation management positions in software development, manufacturing, automotive and offshore outsourcing firms. John was Chief Executive Officer of the Management Efficiency Unit within the Office of the Prime Minister, Malta between 2003 and 2013. John has been heavily involved on the Malta-EU better regulation dossier, being its long-standing member of the High Level Group of National Regulatory Experts, the Standard Cost Model Network, and the Working Party on Competitiveness and Growth (Better Regulation). He is Malta’s nominated member on the REFIT Platform. John Aquilina holds a MBA (Henley Management College UK) and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematics (University of Malta).

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  • Netherlands

    Mr Mark BRESSERS

    Director of the Regulatory Reform and ICT Policy department at the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Innovation at the Ministry of Economic Affairs

    The department of Regulatory Reform and ICT Policy aims to improve the economic climate in the Netherlands for Entrepreneurs by decreasing administrative burdens, by improving the quality of digital service provided by the government and by helping businesses to use smart ICT solutions for growth and innovation. Previously he was, among other assignments, Deputy Director at Internal Affairs and manager at the shared IT service organisation for the national government.

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  • Poland

    Mr Mariusz HAŁADYJ



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  • Portugal

    Mr Ana Sofia FIGUEIREDO

    Director for Administrative and Regulatory Simplification, Agency for the Administrative Modernization in the Presidency for the Council of Ministers

    Ms Ana Sofia Martins has been Director for Administrative and Regulatory Simplification within the Agency for the Administrative Modernization in the Presidency for the Council of Ministers since January 2014. She has studied in Modern Literature at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and holds a master degree in Management from the ISCTE - Business School. She started her career in 2000 working as a digital journalist at the National TV Station and joined Public Administration in 2003 as project manager and since then has held several positions within the Knowledge Society Agency and the Agency for the Administrative Modernization.

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  • Romania

    Mr Dragoș NEGOIȚĂ

    Director of the Directorate for Coordination of Policies and Programmes, Prime- Minister’s Chancellery, Government of Romania

    Having 13 years of experience working at the Center of the Government, he is currently the Director of the Directorate for Coordination of Policies and Programs (DCPP), under the Prime Minister’s Chancellery. Concurrently, he holds the technical level coordinator position of the National Committee for correlating the implementation of the Strategy for the reinforcement of the public administration in 2014 - 2020. DCPP also coordinates the implementation of a Better Regulation strategy for 2014 to 2020. He has a Master’s degree in political science from the Institute of Political Studies - Grenoble, France.

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  • Slovenia

    Ms Janja JENC

    Senior adviser in Better Regulation, Ministry of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia

    Janja Jenc is currently employed at the Ministry of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia as a senior adviser in Better Regulation, Administrative Processes and Quality Service. In the past years she has participated in a number of projects involving development of regulatory impact assessment system and effective implementation of measures for administrative burden reduction. Currently she dedicates most of her time to the evaluation of the Programme for reducing administrative burdens by 25%.

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  • Slovak Republic

    Ms Zuzana NEHAJOVÁ

    Directorate General for Innovation and Business Environment at the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic

    Zuzana Nehajova currently holds the position of Director General at the Directorate General for Innovation and Business Environment at the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic, where she is responsible for the national strategy for supporting innovation, clusters and startups, improving the business environment and digital economy. Previously, as a Director at the Department of Financial Strategy for Economic Growth at the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic, she was responsible also for the implementation of financial instruments and PPP projects. Zuzana holds a Doctorate of Law and Master degree in Financial Management from the Comenius University in Bratislava. She gained LL.M., Law degree from the University of California, and also from the Universita di Bologna and Universität Hamburg. Zuzana has an extensive professional experience in international law, European law and financial law. She started her career as a lawyer in Infoma Business Trading, a company specializing in fields of engineering and afterwards held a position in an Italian law firm, specializing in corporate law and financial markets. Her professional experience has been also enriched during her professional engagement at the Directorate-General for Trade of the European Commission

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  • Spain


    General Director for Administrative Organization and Procedures within the Spanish Ministry of Finance and Public Administration

    Ms Junquera Temperano has been General Director for Administrative Organisation and Procedures within the Spanish Ministry of Finance and Public Administration since October 2014. She holds a university degree in law from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and belongs to the Senior Corps of Civil State Administrators. She started her career in 1995 working in the General Directorate of International Economy and in the General Directorate of the Treasury and Financial Policy, both in the Ministry of Economy. In 1997, she joined the Ministry of Justice where she held several positions and served as Deputy Director until 2004, being responsible for inspection, human resources and financial management. She has also been Deputy Director of Regulatory Coordination in the Ministry of Economy and in the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration from 2004 to 2014.

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  • Sweden

    Ms Gunilla NORDLOF

    Director-General, Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth

    Mrs Nordlöf is Chairman of the Swedish E-identification Board, member of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority Board of Director and also member of Government's Council for digital renewal of the public Sweden.

    Previously, she was the Head of the Department for Local Government and State Enterprise, Swedish Ministry of Finance and the Head of the Office for Management and Coordination, Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications. Mrs Nordlöf holds a Bachelor of Science, Economics from the Stockholm University.

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  • United Kingdom

    Mr Graham TURNOCK

    Chief Executive of the Better Regulation Executive

    Chief Executive of the Better Regulation Executive since 2011. He was educated in the UK and in France. He has held a variety of senior roles at HM Treasury, the Department for Culture Media and Sport, Cabinet Office, the Department for Trade and Industry and was seconded to the French administration.

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The "Stakeholder group" is made up of representatives of business, social partners and civil society, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions

  • Mr Risto ALANKO

    The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries.

    Mr Alanko has been the Executive Vice President of the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries since 2008, from which position he will retire the 1st of February 2016. He has a long standing experience in the representation of industry both at EU and Member State level, in particular the metals, engineering and technology base industries (MET) and SMEs. He possesses a Master's degree in Law, was member of the Finnish Labour Court and is very familiar with the implementation and application of EU laws, in particular labour law. Mr Alanko has been working on issues concerning administrative simplification over the past 20 years. As a member of the Board of CEEMET in 2014-2015, he has been involved in the drafting of the CEEMET 9 points for Better Regulation presented to the Commission in May 2015. Mr Alanko represents a common interest shared by stakeholders in a particular policy area.

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  • Mr Pierre BAUSSAND

    Social Platform AISBL

    Mr Baussand has over ten years’ experience working on regulatory policy at European level. As Director of Social Platform, Mr Baussand works towards increasing social justice and participatory democracy in Europe, with a particular focus on employment, trade, services, human rights and civil dialogue. Prior to joining Social Platform, Mr Baussand worked on human rights for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Disability Forum and conducted field research on human rights and migration in the Middle East. Mr Baussand has a degree in International Relations and represents a common interest shared by stakeholders in a particular policy area.

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    Europa Decentraal

    Ms Beekmans-Pols has over 15 years of experience in the field of implementation of European legislation as well as the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), working both for government institutions and for businesses and consultancy firms. Currently, she is director of Europa decentraal, a Dutch non-profit knowledge center on EU legislation, which gives advice and provides information on the application of EU regulations to local and regional governments. Ms Beekmans-Pols has developed great expertise in the effects of European law on local and regional governments, as well as in European funds and (European) project management. She has been nominated in a personal capacity.

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  • Mr Geert Laier CHRISTENSEN

    Dansk Erhverv – The Danish Chamber of Commerce

    Mr Christensen is executive Deputy Director at the Danish Chamber of Commerce, where he ensures the coordination of all policy-related work and policy advocacy vis-à-vis Government and the Danish Parliament. He is of Danish nationality, holds a Master's degree in Political Science and is a member and representative of the European private sector businesses.

    Throughout his career, Mr Christensen has been involved with the economic and theoretical sides of regulatory affairs. In his position as head of department at Epinion, he contributed to developing the “AMVAB-method” to assess legislation in terms of administrative burdens. In his position as director for research in CEPOS, a Danish think tank for policy studies, he focused on the quality of regulation. Further to this, Mr Christensen has taken interest in the field in more academic contexts, supervising a PhD on regulatory quality at EU and national level at the moment

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  • Mr Mike CLARKE

    Royal Society of Bird Protection (RSPB)

    Mr Clarke, a British citizen, has over 30 years' experience of European policy and Member State transposition and implementation, from planning, agriculture and water to economic development, energy and climate. Mr Clarke has chaired and represented civil society on stakeholder committees for national and regional governments and is Global Council member of BirdLife International, the world largest civil society for nature conservation. Mr Clarke holds a PhD in Ecology and Conservation of New Forest Wetlands and has been appointed to represent a common interest shared by stakeholders.

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  • Mr François DECOSTER

    Member of the Committee of the Regions

    François Decoster is Vice-President of the Regional Council of his home region, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. Member of the Committee of the Regions since 2012, he has served as the Chair of its Commission on Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs (CIVEX) since 2015. Graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Paris Descartes University and the College of Europe, François Decoster is a diplomatic adviser and political strategist with extensive knowledge of public policy.

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  • Mr Bernd DITTMANN

    Member of the European Economic and Social Committee

    Bernd Dittmann, born in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1952, is a registered lawyer and director of BDI/BDA, the German Business Representation in Brussels. From 1984 to 1988, he spent 4 years in New-Dehli, India, representing the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce as Regional Director before joining Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V. (Federation of German Industries) in 1988 as member of the Foreign Trade Policy Department. He became director of the Environment Department in 1991. Since 1998, Bernd Dittmann has been leading BDI’s Brussels office. Since 2008, he has been member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and has been its rapporteur for the Commission's Better Regulation package in 2015.

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  • Ms Katarzyna HANULA-BOBBITT

    Finance Watch

    Ms Hanula-Bobbitt, Senior Public Affairs Officer at Finance Watch, works on advocacy and focuses on banking and capital markets issues. She is a financial lawyer with an economic and policy background. Her expertise is in European financial law and regulation, government relations and strategic alliances.

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  • Mr Jens HEDSTRÖM


    Mr Hedström has over twenty years of experience in the field of EU law and regulatory reform in Sweden, the EU and OECD. As chair of the BUSINESSEUROPE Working Group for Better regulation, president of the Board of Swedish Industry and Commerce for Better Regulation (NNR), and chair of the Business Industry and Advisory Committee, BIAC Governance Committee at the OECD (since 2011), he has acquired considerable experience in representing the interests of European companies of all sizes and sectors.

    Mr Hedström is of Swedish nationality, holds a Master's degree in Law and has been appointed to represent a common interested shared by stakeholders.

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  • Ms Assya KAVRAKOVA

    European Citizen Action Service (ECAS)

    Ms Kavrakova has more than 15 years of experience in the application of Union legislation at national (Bulgaria) and EU level as well as in the region of Central and Eastern Europe.

    She has authored several publications on regulatory policy and is since 2014 Director of the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS).

    Before joining ECAS in 2012, Ms Kavrakova served as the Director of European Policies and the Civic Participation Program at the Open Society Institute (OSI-S) in Sofia where she was responsible for leading the analytical and research activity of the European Policies initiatives. Ms Kavrakova has a Master's degree in Law and in European Integration and has been appointed to represent common interest shared by stakeholders.

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  • Mr Juraj KRIVOŠÍK

    SEVEn, the "Energy Efficiency Center"

    Mr Krivošík, Executive Director of the non-profit energy efficiency advisory center SEVEn, based in Prague, has over 15 years of experience in the application of EU law. Since 2011, he is a member of the Board of Directors of ECEEE, the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. He is also the coordinator and partner of a number of international projects dealing with energy efficiency, mainly energy labelling of products in terms of market surveillance mechanisms, the identification and promotion of energy-efficient models and the international exchange of experience in applying legislation on energy labelling and ecodesign. Mr Krivošík has published numerous articles in the field of energy efficiency. He is an economist and holds an Engineering degree in Economics and a Master's degree in Energy Studies. Mr Krivošík is of Slovak nationality and has been appointed as an individual in his personal capacity.

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  • Mr Peter LOOSEN

    Bund für Lebensmittelrecht und Lebensmittelkunde e.V. (national federation)

    Since 2007, Mr Loosen has been Managing Director of the German Federation for Food Law and Food Science. He has over 20 years' experience with the EU regulatory cycle and is representing and advising the German Food Chain on food law and related issues. Mr Loosen has published numerous articles on Food Law and Better Regulation and has experience as member of expert groups.

    Mr Loosen is of German nationality, holds a Master Degree in law and has been appointed to represent a common interest shared by stakeholders.

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  • Mr Jean NASLIN

    European Banking Industry Committee (EBIC)

    Mr Naslin is chairman of the EBIC since 2015. He has considerable international experience in the financial sector and diversified industries (retail, para-pharmaceutical, energy, transports and telecommunications). Throughout his career, Mr Naslin has been entrenched in the EU regulatory environment in many different areas. After fifteen years in the oil industry at Schlumberger both in Europe and the US, Jean Naslin was General Counsel of Eurotunnel in London and subsequently of the retail group Promodes. He has practised European competition and regulatory law in Brussels for six year before joining Groupe BPCE (Banques Populaires – Caisses d’Epargne) in Paris in 2006. Mr Naslin has just accepted a new position as Executive Director - Strategic International relations with the CAIXA group in Barcelona, effective 1 February 2016.

    Mr Naslin is of French nationality, Avocat au barreau de Paris and has a Master's degree in business law. He has been appointed to represent a common interest shared by stakeholders of the European Banking Industry Committee (EBIC).

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  • Ms Ursula PACHL

    European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)

    Ms Pachl is the Deputy Director General at BEUC, the Brussels-based federation of independent national consumer organisations. Lawyer by background, she has gained considerable expertise in various regulatory policies and on the application of a vast range of EU legislation which have direct impact on consumers. In her function at BEUC, she supervises inter alia work on all aspects of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy and, since 2007, has been responsible for BEUC’s work on EU governance and horizontal policies (e.g. EU transparency initiative, European Commission’s impact assessments and Better Regulation Agenda). Ms Pachl is Austrian and has been appointed to represent the common interest shared by stakeholders.

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    European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)

    Ms Rønne Møller has long standing experience working on issues concerning better regulation and administrative burdens both at national level in Denmark and within the European context. She is member of the Danish Business Forum for Simpler rules and was a member of the High Level Group on Administrative Burdens from 2012 to 2014. At national level, Ms Rønne Møller works on regulation and administrative burdens, on health and safety issues at work and on training and education. She is also the personal adviser to the President of an ETUC affiliated organisation regarding EU policies, including REFIT and better regulation. Ms Rønne Møller is of Danish nationality and has been appointed to represent a common interest shared by stakeholders.

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  • Ms Valeria RONZITTI

    European Centre of Employers and Enterprises Providing Public Services (CEEP)

    Ms Ronzitti, General Secretary of CEEP, has over 10 years' experience in regulatory policy, transposition of EU law (e.g. negotiation of the revision of the parental leave agreement and agreement on prevention from sharps injuries in the hospital and healthcare sector) and in assessing regulatory impacts on enterprise (public procurement package). Prior to being appointed general secretary at CEEP, Ms Ronzitti was director of the European Hospital and Healthcare Employers' association (HOSPEEM). Ms Ronzitti is a certified lawyer and of Italian nationality. She has been appointed to represent a common interest shared by stakeholders.

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  • Ms María Elena SANTIAGO CID

    European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and European Committee for Electro Technical Standardization (CENELEC)

    Ms Santiago Cid has over 20 years' experience in electrotechnical and non-electrotechnical standardization in Europe. Appointed Director-General of both CEN and CENELEC in 2010, she is the principal contact within both associations for the European Institutions, as well as senior personalities from the European and international standards communities, and stakeholders.

    Ms Santiago Cid has experience with the preparation of policy proposals and implementation of decisions. She is an Electronic Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and has been appointed to represent a common interest shared by stakeholders.

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  • Ms Magdalena STOCZKIEWICZ

    Friends of the Earth Europe

    Ms Stoczkiewicz has been the director of Friends of the Earth Europe since 2008. Prior to that, she worked for the Central Eastern European Bankwatch Network. Ms Stoczkiewicz has over twelve years' experience with EU policy making and its application on the ground and has been actively involved in the assessment of costs and benefits.

    Ms Stoczkiewicz is of Polish nationality, holds a Master's degree in Philology as well as a degree in Public Relations and has been appointed to represent the environmental perspective.

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  • Mr Michaël VAN STRAALEN

    Koninklijke Vereniging MKB

    Mr Van Straalen has over 30 experience's years as entrepreneur and has been President of the Royal Dutch Association of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises since 2013. He has extensive experience with the impact administrative burden can have on small and medium-size metal businesses and actively suggested measures to reduce administrative burdens in the context of the Reach programme.

    Mr Van Straalen is of Dutch nationality and has been appointed to represent a common interest shared by stakeholders.

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REFIT Platform



Stakeholder group



Government group



Upcoming events

    Next meetings will take place as follows:

  • REFIT Platform – 27-28.6.2016
  • Stakeholder group - 20.9.2016, 22.11.2016.
  • Government group - 20.9.2016, 23.11.2016.


The Commission collects stakeholder views on how to make EU laws more effective and efficient via the online contact form "Ligthen the Load-have your say"; through Platform members own submissions and via spontaneous input by means of letters. The original suggestions received are displayed on this page.

The Commission also publishes relevant contributions and feedback received via "Lighten the load".


DIHK (Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry)

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Bussiness Europe

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German Insurance Association (GDV)

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Cross Industry Initiative

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WKO ( Austrian Federal Economic Chamber)

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DBF (Danish Business Forum on Better Regulation)

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Finnish Industries

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Finnish Survey

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NNR (Board of Swedish Industry and Commerce for Better Regulation)

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Dutch provinces

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REFIT Platform members assess the merits of the stakeholder contributions and look at practical ways to follow up on their suggestions without undermining policy objectives. The Commission will react to all the Platform's suggestions and systematically and publicly explain how it intends to follow up.

The recommendations of the Platform have been regrouped into thematic areas and can be consulted on this page.