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Parliamentary questions
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13 April 2021
Priority question for written answer  P-001956/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Henna Virkkunen (PPE), Jens Gieseke (PPE)
 Subject: Target to reduce the administrative burden

In 2019, the President of the Commission made a commitment to cut the administrative burden and apply the ‘one in, one out’ (OIOO) principle. In its industry and SME strategy, the Commission committed to cutting the regulatory burden for SMEs. Very little has happened since, and the communication on better regulation and on the updated industry strategy has yet again been postponed.

On behalf of the European People’s Party group’s SME Circle, we would like to ask the Commission the following questions:

1. In its report on a new industrial strategy for Europe(1), Parliament calls for the OIOO principle to be implemented in a way which ensures that compliance costs in any given sector do not increase. How does the Commission intend to implement the OIOO principle concretely?

2. Parliament’s report on a new strategy for European SMEs(2) sees the OIOO principle as just a starting point, because it only maintains the status quo and more ambition is needed. Is the Commission willing to work in this direction and reduce the regulatory burden further?

3. The afore‑mentioned report calls for a concrete and binding target to reduce the administrative burden, with an impact assessment to be completed by June 2021 at the latest. Will the Commission follow up on this demand and if so, within what time frame?

(1)European Parliament resolution of 25 November 2020 on a New Industrial Strategy for Europe (texts adopted, P9_TA(2020)0321).
(2)European Parliament resolution of 16 December 2020 on a new strategy for European SMEs (texts adopted, P9_TA(2020)0359).
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