Smart Regulation in the EU

Smart regulation efforts in the EU aim at reducing regulatory burdens in EU legislation. The objective is to make the everyday workflows of European businesses easier and to contribute to growth and strengthened competitiveness on the EU’s Single Market.

Efforts to further “smart regulation” in the EU are made in close relation to national efforts to ensure Better Business Regulation. It is the intention to design the regulation in a smarter way which makes it easier to run a business in the EU without jeopardizing the intended goals of legal acts.

We work to further a range of principles in dialogue with the European Commission, EU Member States, the European Parliament and external stakeholders. The objective is to simplify concrete rules and to make framework conditions of EU regulation flexible in a way which takes the everyday workflows of businesses into account.

It is essential that concrete simplification measures are carried out in those areas considered most important by businesses. In order to identify these areas, efforts are made to involve end-user directly and take their needs into consideration, e.g. in consultation and evaluation procedures at EU level. In this way, measures are felt in practice, compliance is increased and ultimately the businesses get more time to run their businesses and thereby create growth.     

EU smart regulation efforts also focus on digitization. Digital solutions can effectively reduce the time spent by businesses on reporting to public authorities because of the possibility to reuse data, transfer business data directly from internal systems and to eliminate manual processes. In addition, digital solutions can improve the communication, flexibility and enforcement which businesses experience in their interaction with public authorities when EU regulation is implemented. Finally, digitization is an important tool to make the work flows of businesses easier when doing business on the Single Market.