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.