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Have your say: how can we reduce "red tape" for SMEs?
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Published on 02-10-12

Cutting red tape is a top priority in the EU and the Commission wants businesses to help identify any trouble spots.  In particular, views are sought from small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and those organisations representing SMEs on which areas of EU legislation they feel are the most onerous.  The Commission's consultation will close on 21 December 2012.

    Have your say: how can we reduce "red tape" for SMEs?

    Regulation is a necessary part of modern business life which brings benefits, whether it is protecting consumers, workers or the environment. However, it can also entail costs for businesses, particularly for Europe's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

    By inviting SMEs to participate in this survey, the Commission hopes to address any concerns businesses have regarding excessive legislative burdens to help boost job creation, growth and economic recovery in the EU.

    European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: "Very often I am told that the European Commission is too far removed from the daily reality of small businesses. We want to address this gap. Today, we are giving businesses the opportunity to identify those areas and pieces of legislation where we can make a difference."

    Views must be submitted by 21 December 2012.

    Background

    In the report “Minimizing regulatory burden for SMEs - Adapting EU regulation to the needs of micro-enterprises ” (COM (2011) 803 final), the Commission announced it would create a dedicated webpage to identify the TOP 10 EU legislative acts considered to place burdens on micro companies and SMEs. The identification of the most burdensome pieces of EU legislation is being carried out in two steps. In the first stage, a consultation was run through the European Enterprise Network (EEN), the results of which have been used as a basis for this consultation, the second and last phase of the exercise.

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