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09 April 2012

SCM network perfects anti red tape tools

The Standard Cost Model Network (SCM) met in Nicosia (Cyprus) on 3 April to share news and insights into recent developments in regulatory costs. Delegates from nearly all EU countries, with Switzerland, and the European Commission were invited by the Cyprus ministry of finance to discuss recent trends in measurement and reduction techniques, in the context of updated smart regulation strategies at MS and Community levels. Among the notable presentations :
- Sweden reported on a policy to improve implementation of regulation by information and training of officials in local government ;s)
- Switzerland presented the methodology used to conduct a general check up of federal legislation, which draws on SCM expertise adapted to specifics of the Swiss context ;
- Germany announced that a new methodology will soon be discussed with EU partners, going beyond paperwork to address the full range of costs (including compliance costs) ; an international manual, drawing on German experience (see Bertelsmann manual on regulatory costs), may result from this cooperation ;
- The European Commission gave an update on its business agenda, which features a wide-scale consultation exercise to identify the «top ten » most irritating procedures, which will be later simplified, and more effective "fitness checks" of EU law.

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