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European Commission to review waste and renewable energy red tape

A review of the effectiveness of waste and renewable energy policies has been proposed by Brussels.

Evaluations, also known as ‘fitness checks’, will be carried out on directives for packaging and packaging waste, end of life vehicles and batteries by the European Commission (EC).

The EC will also review renewable energy and health and safety policies.

Fitness checks are comprehensive policy evaluations assessing whether the regulatory framework for a policy sector is fit for purpose. They focus on identifying excessive regulatory burdens.

By the end of 2014, the Commission will have carried out or launched 47 evaluations, fitness checks or other reports to reduce red tape.

A spokesperson for the EC told MRW that fitness checks examine whether a law is simple enough to create growth and jobs.

He said: “The main rationale is to pursue our EU objectives but do it a smarter – a lighter way.”

He added that in some cases there will be consideration given to withdrawal of existing legislative proposals or even existing adopted laws.

The reviews are part of the Commission’s Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme (REFIT).

President of the EC, Jose Manuel Barroso, said: “With REFIT, the Commission has undertaken the most comprehensive exercise to date to make EU law lighter and simpler.”

The review has been prompted by recognition that the EU is often criticised for being over-prescriptive with regulations.

According to the EC, 74% of Europeans believe that the EU generates too much red tape.

Readers' comments (1)

  • so now we have officials investigating officials who proposed and made legislations? The first is to ban REACH regulations effecting waste materials.

    this is an perpetual jobs for the boys situation in Brussels.

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