The Commission set out last October 2nd, as part of the Commission’s Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT), those measures that, integrated in each of its policy area, will make life easier for businesses and citizens by simplifying or even withdrawing EU laws, reducing the burden on businesses and making EU law easier to implement.

With REFIT, the Commission’s aim is to make the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality a reality, having the right dose of regulations in those matters that are truly needed of UE regulations.

In spite of this argument, it has to be pointed out that small businesses profit from a wide range of existing measures designed to reduce administrative burdens, including electronic VAT invoicing as well as exemption or special regimes in the areas of accounting, electronic waste and trade statistics. Furthermore, among the new reforms to simplify UE rules are the introduction of a single EU patent, the development of an EU customs code, and cutting the price of broadband deployment.

On the other hand, they intend to prepare a standardised VAT declaration that could help cut costs and to carry out 50 evaluations on regulatory burdens including planned checks on rules related to health and safety at work, temporary agency workers, and the new range of EU rules in the financial services sector.


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