About: red tape

ECAS: National administrations ‘lack EU spirit’

A “negative attitude” and a “lack of EU spirit” for solving issues such as issuing residence permits and claiming pensions was decried by representatives of the European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) at a public event on Wednesday (12 April).

EU climate laws ‘cost paper recyclers 40% of their profits’

EXCLUSIVE/ EU climate legislation robs paper recyclers of at least 40% of their profits, the equivalent of at least one billion euros of lost potential investment in the green economy, a European paper industry chief has said.

Commission wants to vet changes to draft EU law

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.
Trade & Society 26-03-2015

Berlin pledges to cut red tape with ‘bureaucracy brake’

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 chairman of the EU's High Level Working Group on Administrative Burdens, Edmund Stoiber. [EC]

Edmund Stoiber: ‘I have changed the EU’

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.
Brexit 26-09-2014

Juncker rejects UK push for independent scrutiny of EU laws

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.
David Lidington, UK minister for Europe [Foreign and Commonwealth Office/Flickr]
EU Priorities 2020 14-05-2014

UK puts business at top of next Commission’s priorities

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.
Brexit 25-10-2013

Cameron stages ‘cut red tape’ stunt at EU summit

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.
Euro & Finance 25-10-2013

Commission proposed standard VAT return

Algirdas Šemeta, the European commissioner in charge of taxation, has proposed a uniform VAT return, in a move to simplify EU law.
Development Policy 12-03-2013

Red tape in the crosshairs as EU targets global WTO deal

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.

EU ministers’ efforts to cut red tape slammed

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.
Brexit 11-04-2011

EU countries slap red-tape back on micro-entities

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.

EU slow to deliver on promise to cut paperwork

The European Commission recently said it was "on track to exceed its target of cutting red tape by 25% by 2012". But businesses shouldn't get their hopes up.

Scientists unite against EU paperwork

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.
Brexit 11-03-2010

Small firms slam ‘deceptive’ EU accounting plans

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. 
Brexit 09-02-2010

Czechs accused of flouting EU ‘anti-red tape’ rules

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.