Regulatory burden to be eased for small businesses
By Eric van Puyvelde | Wednesday 23 November 2011
The European Commission plans to strive wherever possible to exempt micro-enterprises from obligations imposed by EU legislation or to put in place special schemes to ease the regulatory burden on them. In a report submitted to the Council and the European Parliament, on 23 November, it presents a list of initiatives along these lines already taken or under consideration.
From January 2012, the Commission will intensify its efforts to identify exemptions or lighter requirements for micro-enterprises in existing and new EU legislation; to strengthen the processes under which micro-enterprises and other SMEs are consulted when existing EU regulations are reviewed and new laws prepared; to draw up annual scoreboards to assess real advantages for businesses; and to ensure that special attention is given to their needs and interests.
This initiative, it explains, comes in the broader context of the Single Market Act and the Small Business Act (2008). It is the last of a set of measures under the ‘smart regulation’ agenda. Around 200 legal acts that bring substantial benefits to businesses have already been adopted under the ‘simplification rolling programme’. As part of the action plan for administrative burden reduction, the Commission presented proposals that add up to savings of €39 billion for businesses.
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