EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission will call on MEPs and national governments to commit to its drive for better regulation, and submit substantial changes to bills to scrutiny by experts, according to a leaked draft of its strategy to cut red tape.
Germany’s federal cabinet has signed off on a so-called “bureaucracy brake” in an effort to cut red tape for business, something European Commission special advisor, and former Bavarian leader Edmund Stoiber, has been promoting for years. EurActiv Germany reports .
Former Bavarian leader Edmund Stoiber was the EU's "Mr Red Tape", retiring after seven years of trying to reduce bureaucracy in the bloc . Before presenting his final report, he spoke of a "change of consciousness" in Brussels and called on member states to do their share to cut excessive regulation. EurActiv Germany reports .
EXCLUSIVE : The new European Commission has rejected the UK Government's call to set up an independent body to scrutinise EU regulation and impact assessments before and after legislative proposals are adopted by the executive.
Jean-Claude Juncker was elected European Commission president on the basis of a social, even hopeful ten-point plan for Europe. Now, MEPs bear the responsibility to hold him into account on these promises, writes Bernadette Ségol.
SPECIAL REPORT / The UK’s Europe minister outlined his country’s expectations for the next EU executive, arguing the digital economy and business must come first in the fight against the economic and social crisis.
During his press conference following the EU summit, which ended today (25 October), UK Prime Minister David Cameron focused on a British initiative to cut red tape in the Union, snubbing the other issues reflected in the conclusions, such as the economic and monetary union or the migration crisis.
The European Commission presented on Wednesday a new proposal to standarise VAT return for business and companies across Europe.
Aiming at slashing red-tape for businesses, ease tax compliance and make tax administrations across the Union more efficient, this new regulation can cut costs for EU businesses by up to €15 billion a year, according to the EU's executive.
Masqueraded as a move to cut red tape for business, the European Commission's 'Refit - Fit for Growth' scheme appears to have environmental regulation firmly in its sights, write authors from three European environmental protection organisations.
The European Commission is pushing to secure a World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreement that would cut red tape in trade and increase worldwide income by over €30 billion. Two thirds of this would go to developing countries.
Measures adopted by EU business ministers last week to slash red tape for micro-entities were slammed this week from two sides: MEPs said they did not go far enough, whilst accountants complained they were too far-reaching.
Measures designed to slash bureaucracy for micro-entreprises are set to be drastically diluted by EU countries after national governments blocked the proposals, fearing that they would make them less competitive as business locations.
Almost 7,000 researchers from 41 countries have signed a petition demanding less red tape for EU-funded scientists. Olivier Küttel, co-founder of the Trust Researchers campaign, tells EurActiv why Europe's funding programmes must be streamlined if they are to be effective.
Almost 7,000 researchers from 41 countries have signed a petition demanding less red tape for EU-funded scientific cooperation programmes. Olivier Küttel, co-founder of the Trust Researchers campaign, says Europe's funding programmes must be streamlined if they are to be effective.
EU plans to exempt smallest firms from having to draw up annual accounts came under fire from a leading European small business group yesterday (10 March), claiming it will distort the internal market without cutting red tape.
The Czech Republic is defying Brussels' drive to cut red tape for small firms, according to business associations who accuse Prague of systematically abandoning impact assessments for new regulations. EurActiv.cz reports on how the Czechs risk breaching the EU's Small Business Act.