The EU Commission selects 15 initiatives to help simplify and modernize EU law after the COVID-19 outbreak

On 5 March 2021, the Commission announced the Fit for Future Platform’s selection of 15 initiatives aimed at simplifying EU law.

Launched in May 2020, the Platform gathers a high-level expert group to assist the Commission with simplifying existing EU laws and reducing administrative burdens for businesses and citizens, which are particularly needed in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As explained by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight and Chairman of the Fit for Future Platform: “Simplification has become more important than ever, as we seek to kick- start Europe’s economy, hit by the pandemic... We must ensure that EU laws provide the intended benefits for the economy and society, while simplifying existing legislation, reducing burden wherever possible and staying forward-looking.

The 15 targeted areas span a range of sectors, including competition, customs, and health, as well as finance, the environment, statistics and transport, and the internal market.

In particular, the area of State aid focuses on revision of the Guidelines on State aid to the Agricultural and Forestry Sectors and in Rural Areas and Agricultural Block Exemption Regulation.

The Platform will issue opinions on the 15 targeted topics, which will contribute to the Commission’s ongoing work to simplify existing EU laws. Stakeholders are invited to comment on each of these topics until 30 April 2021, for consideration by the Platform in preparing its 2021 opinions.

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Renato Antonini, Kaarli Harry Eichhorn, Jörg Hladjk, Cristiana Spontoni, The EU Commission selects 15 initiatives to help simplify and modernize EU law after the COVID-19 outbreak, 5 March 2021, e-Competitions Competition Law & Covid-19, Art. N° 99924

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