Reducing companies' administrative burden
According to estimates, companies' yearly administrative burden close to a total of 2 billion euros is brought about by their having to comply with information obligations.
Companies are subject to administrative costs as they collect, adapt and supply information to authorities and third parties, such as employees. Statutory information obligations include for example various notifications and reporting, product labeling, permit procedures and subsidy applications.
The part of administrative costs incurred from activities performed purely due to statutory requirements rather than for business reasons, are termed the ‘administrative burden’.
In its mid-term programme revision, the Government pledged, for the rest of their term, to avoid in their decisions any increase in the costs or in the administrative burden the industry is subject to. Also the existing administrative burden will come under examination, the general approach being not to increase the burden during 2013–2015.
In addition, during that period the ministries will
set up project- or field-specific reduction targets.
Reducing the administrative burden will enhance companies’ productivity and competitiveness. Because the administrative burden caused by complying with information obligations is proportionally heaviest on small enterprises, they in particular will benefit from the reduction.
The administrative burden will be eased by simplifying reporting obligations stipulated by the existing legislation and by developing communication with the authorities, particularly electronic communication. Efforts should also be made to ensure that new legislation under preparation does not create unnecessarily heavy, additional administrative obligations for businesses.
Eu:s REFIT-program (regulatory fitness and performance programme)
The programme aims to improve the functionality and effectiveness of regulation on the level of the EU. To identify unreasonable burdens, inconsistencies, inefficiencies and overlaps, the first stage of the programme will examine relevant legislation and political areas. Special attention will be paid to national application of EU legislation. In this, the importance of the special characteristics of small and medium-sized enterprises and the significance of the stability of regulation will be considered.