EU Commission launches Fit for Future Platform

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The European Commission has today launched the Fit for Future Platform – a high-level expert group, which will help the Commission simplify existing EU laws and reduce administrative burden for citizens and businesses. It will also help ensure that EU legislation remains future-proof, given the need to tackle new challenges, such as digitalisation.

The Fit for Future Platform – consisting of a government group and a stakeholder group – brings together Member States’ national, regional and local representatives, the Committee of the Regions, the European Economic and Social Committee and stakeholder groups with practical expertise in various policy areas.

Maroš ŠefčovičVice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, said: “Simplification and burden reduction, especially for SMEs, is particularly needed in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. We must explore how digitalisation can help achieve it, while ensuring that our legislation remains forward-looking and fit to tackle the new challenges.”

Once operational, wider public and stakeholders will be able to provide input to the Platform’s work on simplification and burden reduction. Moreover, citizens and stakeholders can also share their views on existing laws as well as proposals for new EU policies via the Have Your Say portal.

Call for applications to select experts

Today, the Commission also published the call for applications to select experts for the Stakeholder group of the Fit for Future Platform. Its members selected through this call should have high expertise in implementing EU law and be able to represent the interests shared by different stakeholder organisations in their field. They shall represent business, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises, social partners and civil society organisations having direct experience in the application of Union legislation.

Applications can be submitted until 19 June 2020. The documents are available here.

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