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Refit – making EU law simpler and less costly

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REFIT is part of the Commission’s better regulation agenda. It makes sure that EU laws deliver their intended benefits for citizens, businesses and society while removing red tape and lowering costs. It also aims to make EU laws simpler and easier to understand.

REFIT pays particular attention to small businesses, which can be disproportionately affected by the burden of implementing EU rules. Small and medium-sized enterprises represent 99% of all businesses in the EU.

It is incorporated in the preparation of the annual Commission work programmes, each of which includes proposals for new initiatives and a quality review of existing EU legislation.

Potential benefits and cost savings of each new proposal are evaluated through impact assessments, impacts of EU laws are checked by retrospective evaluations and stakeholder views are collected through consultations.

To ensure the best outcome, various levels of government are involved: the Commission works with the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, EU countries and other stakeholders.

The REFIT platform allows national authorities, citizens and other stakeholders to get involved in improving EU legislation. They can make suggestions on how to reduce the regulatory and administrative burdens of EU laws, which are then analysed by the REFIT platform and the Commission.

The REFIT scoreboard tracks the progress of each individual initiative and the changes introduced by Parliament and Council during the legislative procedure.

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