Following its Decision of 19 May 2015, the European Commission launched the REFIT Platform to conduct an ongoing dialogue with Member States and stakeholders on improving EU legislation. This is part of the Commission's Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT).
The main task of the REFIT Platform is to support the simplification of EU law and the reduction of administrative burdens, for the benefit of civil society, business and public authorities. Respect for the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality is an important focus on the Platform´s work.
The REFIT platform brings together high-level experts from business, civil society, social partners, the Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of Regions and Member States. It is chaired by the Commission's First Vice-President Frans Timmermans.
The REFIT Platform consists of two standing groups, who meet independently, as well as in full plenary sessions.
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.
First Vice President of the European Commission
Mr Karl IRRESBERGER
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.
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.
Ms Daniela VEZIEVA
Mr Vedran KRUŽIĆ
Ms Irene PIKI
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.
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.
Mr Kaupo SEMPELSON
Mr Pekka TIMONEN
Mr Thierry-Xavier GIRARDOT
Mr Wolf-Dieter PLESSING
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.
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.
Ms Helen CURLEY
Principal, company Law and Business Regulation Unit, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Ms Curley is Principal Officer in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in Ireland. She 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 her current position, she worked in a number of policy areas within the Department, notably State Aids, Intellectual Property and enterprise policy.
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.
Ms Zaiga LIEPIŅA
Ms Aušra KENIAUSYTĖ
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.
Mr John AQUILINA
Mr Mark BRESSERS
Mr Mariusz HAŁADYJ
Mr Ana Sofia FIGUEIREDO
Mr Dragoș NEGOIȚĂ
Ms Janja JENC
Ms Zuzana NEHAJOVÁ
Ms Maria Pia JUNQUERA TEMPRANO
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.
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.
Mr Graham TURNOCK
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lithuanian Apparel and Textile Industry Association
Mr Lasiauskas, International Adviser of the Lithuanian Apparel and Textile Industry Association, has been providing proposals on regulatory and administrative burden reduction to official institutions in Lithuania over the past 15 years. With his experience in the textile and apparel sector in Lithuania, which employs 33.000 people, Mr Lasiauskas wishes to contribute to proposals on how to reduce administrative and regulatory burden for SMEs at the EU level. Mr Lasiauskas has a Master's degree (MBA) in Business Administration and International Business Management and has been appointed in his personal capacity.
Mr Lasiauskas is also member of the European Economic and Social Committee.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next meetings will take place as follows:
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.
DIHK (Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry)
German Insurance Association (GDV)
Cross Industry Initiative
WKO ( Austrian Federal Economic Chamber)
DBF (Danish Business Forum on Better Regulation)
NNR (Board of Swedish Industry and Commerce for Better Regulation)
The Commission examines all suggestions from stakeholders and submits those relevant -on how to make EU laws more effective and efficient- to the REFIT Platform for advice. Relevant suggestions received by the Commission have been regrouped into thematic areas and can be consulted on this page