Fit for Future expert group delivers on 2021 objectives and renews ambitions to simplify EU law
Today, the Fit for Future Platform, the high-level expert group helping the Commission simplify EU laws, is holding its fourth plenary meeting, chaired by Vice-President Šefčovič. The expert group is adopting a new list of topics (which will shortly be available online) on which the Platform will work and issue opinions in 2022. This includes an overarching topic on enhancing the interconnectivity between the green and digital transitions, including through simplification. This list, also covering existing EU laws in the areas of taxation, financial services, energy, chemicals and food waste, is based on suggestions from the Platform members, the public, from consultations with the SME envoys network and the RegHub network of local and regional authorities. Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, said: “The Commission remains firmly committed to simplifying existing EU laws to ensure that they stay efficient and fit for future. I am therefore pleased to announce that the Fit for Future high-level expert group keeps the momentum on simplification of EU laws, underpinned by adopting an ambitious work programme for this year.This new work programme focuses on identifying and reducing burdens, while maximising the benefits of EU policies for both citizens and businesses. It is an important contribution in support of Europe’s recovery and the green and digital transitions.” On the basis of last year’s work plan, the expert group has adopted 14 opinions on the potential for simplification of existing EU laws in specific areas. Through its opinions, the Platform advises the Commission on opportunities to simplify existing EU laws and reduce regulatory burdens in a wide area of sectors, to benefit as many citizens and businesses as possible. The Platform is made up of representatives from Member States’ authorities, the Committee of the Regions, the Economic and Social Committee as well as key stakeholders representing businesses and non-governmental organisations. Anyone can contribute with suggestions on how to simplify existing EU laws through the EU Have Your Say: Simplify! portal.