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Commission Working Document: Second progress report on the strategy for simplifying the regulatory environment, COM(2008) 33 final

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Begun in October 2005, the strategy for simplifying the regulatory environment set out a rolling programme of simplification measures to be adopted between 2005 and 2008 with a view to improving the quality and effectiveness of the acquis while preserving its main policy goals.
This second progress report, which complements the Communication on the "Second strategic review on Better Regulation in the European Union", describes in both qualitative and quantitative terms the results already achieved, maps out the route ahead for the EU legislature and aims to provide fresh impetus for the simplification strategy which is an essential element of the overall Better Regulation Policy and Growth and Employment Strategy of the European Union.
This report also shows that the Commission is effectively delivering on its commitments under the rolling programme.
Citizens and companies have already seen tangible results and will see more as the large number of initiatives currently pending before the legislature are adopted. Effort is being focussed on projects bringing significant benefits to stakeholders, such as small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) or individual entrepreneurs, who are too often confronted with disproportionate regulatory demands.
The Commission will complete a full screening of the Community acquis, checking whether existing instruments are still needed, that the right regulatory style is used and that any burdens imposed are as light as is compatible with the policy results desired. This process will also identify new initiatives for inclusion in the updated simplification rolling programme to be presented in early 2009. To make a real difference, this momentum must also continue into the next legislature.

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