REFIT Platform continues its work to make EU law more effective and efficient

Meeting today for its annual Plenary meeting, the Commission’s REFIT Platform has adopted a further 11 Opinions, with concrete suggestions on how to make existing EU law more effective and efficient in delivering our ambitious policy objectives for European citizens. Cohesion Policy was one of the main areas of focus, and the meeting, chaired by First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, also benefitted from the contribution of former Commission Vice-President Siim Kallas, who now chairs the High-Level Group on Simplification for beneficiaries of EU structural and investment funds. Other issues featured in the recommendations from the REFIT Platform today include the clarification of divergent national rules on copyright levies, the SME test, the Consumer Rights Directive, and, the Citizenship Directive. Today’s REFIT Platform Opinions bring the total number of recommendations made to the Commission to 69. The Commission analyses all the REFIT Platform’s recommendations and explains how it intends to follow them up, including through its annual Work Programme. All the Opinions can be found on the REFIT Platform website, and a video on the Platform’s role is available here.