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Better regulation agenda

BusinessEurope key messages:

Agree the proposal for an inter-institutional agreement on better regulation. The Council and European Parliament should make better use of impact assessments which should be updated to assess the impact of burdensome amendments. There should be increased transparency about the reasons and impact of any member state decisions to add requirements that negatively affect the single market, competitiveness and growth when they are transposing EU legislation.

Reduce burdens through an effective REFIT agenda and the REFIT platform. Channel information about burdensome rules through the REFIT platform and ensure that stakeholder suggestions are subject to a response based on a comply-or-explain principle delivered by the European Commission. There should be a net target to reduce costs defined for the totality of regulatory costs in all policy areas and a fast-track procedure to make sure that burden reduction proposals are approved quickly without adding new burdens through amendments.  

Increase transparency to ensure effective stakeholder involvement throughout the legislative process.  All stakeholders affected by possible EU action should have the opportunity to give their views about initiatives and the evidence and information that is used to support them, not only at an early stage when policy concepts are not yet precisely defined, but also later when more detailed provisions are drafted. The Commission should publish final draft texts and the draft impact assessments before the initiative is adopted and there should be more transparency about trilateral negotiations between the three institutions.


Position papers Date
Stocktaking of the Commission's 'better regulation' approach - BusinessEurope reply to the public consultation 18/10/2018
Impact assessments and the Regulatory Scrutiny Board - a BusinessEurope strategy paper 29/08/2018
Evaluations and fitness checks - a BusinessEurope strategy paper 29/08/2018
Transparent transposition - a BusinessEurope strategy paper 29/08/2018
Public stakeholder consultations - a BusinessEurope strategy paper 17/07/2018
Transparency of trilogues - a BusinessEurope strategy paper 17/07/2018
The REFIT platform - a BusinessEurope strategy paper 17/07/2018
Better regulation for better results - An EU agenda 16/09/2015
Pending legislation 2014 - Business input to the screening exercise by vice-president Timmermans 25/11/2014
Smart regulation - BusinessEurope's key messages 30/09/2014
BusinessEurope's comments on the Commission consultation on possible revisions to the impact assessment and stakeholder consultation guidelines 30/09/2014
Better regulation: stakeholder platform for smarter regulation proposals - a BusinessEurope position paper 30/09/2014
Smart regulation - Reduction of regulatory burdens - a BusinessEurope position paper 25/11/2013
Avoiding gold-plating for a well-functioning single market 10/06/2013
Reducing legislative burdens on SMEs: existing EU legislation to revisit and to amend, draft EU legislation to be modified or withdrawn - Technical fiches 05/02/2013
EU legislative burdens on SMEs - a BusinessEurope position paper 20/12/2012
Stakeholder consultation on smart regulation in the EU - BusinessEurope comments 20/09/2012
Priorities for smart regulation - a BusinessEurope position paper 23/04/2012
Smart regulation - BusinessEurope comments on the Commission communication 29/11/2010
Stakeholder consultation on smart regulation - BusinessEurope comments 23/06/2010
Better regulation - Comments on the third strategic review of better regulation in the EU 27/02/2009
Public letters Date
European Commission stocktaking exercise on better regulation - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Frans Timmermans 14/09/2018
BusinessEurope's recommendations regarding the review of impact assessements - Letter from Markus J. Beyrer to Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President of the European Commission 24/02/2015
Minimising regulatory burden for SMEs - Letter from Philippe de Buck to Commission President José Manuel Barroso 21/02/2012
Better regulation package - letter from Philippe de Buck to President Barroso 28/01/2009
Speeches Date
BusinessEurope-CER second symposium: Devising smart regulation in the EU - Welcome remarks by Philippe de Buck 20/10/2011
Better regulation: messages for the future - Address by Signhild Arnegard Hansen at the International Regulatory Reform Conference 2009 13/11/2009
Reports and studies Date
Better regulation 13/11/2009
Press releases Date
Better regulation: we will be satisfied when companies feel the 25% reduction of administrative burdens 22/10/2009


Basje Bender

Junior Adviser
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Jonathan Gray

Junior Adviser
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Last updated: 4 July 2016