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Emergency Resolution adopted at the EPP Congress, Dublin (Ireland), 6 th -7th March 2014


EPP Priorities for reducing bureaucracy and cutting red tape in Europe


Regulation is a necessary part of modern society and good governance. Light and smart

regulation should set the right framework for people and businesses to interact with each

other in order to succeed in their endeavours and be protected against abuses and

undesirable developments. However, experience shows that regulation sometimes

constitutes an obstacle, rather than an enabler to fruitful activity. Increased bureaucracy

hinders economic activity and affects entrepreneurs and SMEs. The EU economy relies on

SMEs. 99.8% of the businesses in the EU are SMEs; EPP recognises their key importance for

the economy and employment.

The EPP stands for smart regulation, pioneering continuous efforts in cutting red tape, making

rules simpler and promoting subsidiarity. We want a simple, clear and predictable regulatory


We believe the citizens of Europe expect that the EPP proposes a concrete set of measures

aimed at reducing bureaucracy. Our objective is to reduce the cost burden generated by red

tape by 30% before the year 2020. Therefore, we will continue and intensify our efforts to

secure a European regulatory framework which matches the needs of citizens and

companies.The path to red tape reduction has two challenges that we are willing to address

– the completion of the Single Market and the Digital Single Market.


Cutting red tape in Europe


We want EU legislation and programmesto be implemented by national and regional

authorities in such a way that additional administrative burdens are avoided.

We will make it easier to start a company in any EU Member State.

We will reduce the regulatory burdens for SMEs by introducing simplified

Europeanstandards in public procurement, professional qualifications, posting of workers

in another EU Member State and a standard VAT declaration meant to facilitate the

activity for SMEs active in more than one EU Member State. We support a gradual

transition to e-procurement and e-governanceas a further method of simplification and


EU legislation shall strike the right balance between, on one hand,retaining confidence in

the actions of individuals, companies and institutions and, on the other hand, in the

control by the government. In this regard, the EPP also calls on the European Parliament,

as a budgetary control body, to strike the right balance when giving budgetary discharge

to European institutions.

We are committed to cutting red tape for researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators. We

want to make it easier for creative people to turn their ideas into reality. We want to

facilitate new products’ access to markets so that creative ideas find their way to

consumers without needless burdens.

We propose that in the next mandate of the European Commission a Vice Presidentis also

giventhe task of being a “red tape watchdog”, responsible for continuously scrutinising

EU legislation in all areas, and evaluating the practicality and necessity of existing

legislation. He should coordinate proposals on what legislation should be repealed,

simplified or updated, including its implementation on national and regional level


Simpler rules


We will call for the verification of reporting obligations and evaluation frameworks and

identify possibilities for reducing the administrative burden in this respect.

We will continuously evaluate the effects derived from the simplification of rules and stay

alert to emerging risks. We will act without delay if new risks for consumers, businesses

or public authorities appear.

EPP representatives in all EU institutions will act to secure that the benefits of reduced

bureaucracy will reach the consumers and businesses, especially family businesses, SMEs

and entrepreneurs and have a positive impact upon their activity.

The EPP is of the opinion that legislation should have an expiry date by default and should

include an obligatory review clause to determine whether or not it should be continued.

Regulation shall respond to current needs, not to the needs of the past, and its

usefulnessshall be periodically evaluated.

We will ensure the full implementation of the EU Services Directive aiming at eliminating

unjustified and disproportionate national regulation.




European regulation shall only be proposed in line with the principle of subsidiarity.

Subsidiarity is one of the core values of the EPP. We stand for decisions being made as

close to the citizen as possible. The European Union shall only intervene where action by

individual countries is insufficient. European regulatory proposals also need to take into

account the diversity of Europe.

We underline that all new legislation proposed by the next European Commissionmust be

consistent with the four fundamental freedoms of the EU: free movement of people,

goods, services and capital. During its next mandate the European Commission should

centre its activity around the objective of creating sustainable economic growth and high

quality jobs by unleashing the potential of the EU Single Market, as the largest economic

bloc worldwide.

The EPP is ready to lead a European debate considering the adequatecompetences and

capacities of public authorities at each administrative level, in order to facilitate the design

of policies and their implementation.