The Commission is planning a raft of measures to simplify regulation at the European level and to make it more efficient. In Austrian Chamber of Labour’s view, the Commission’s communication, while containing some positive approaches, also sets out a number of ideas that are firmly rejected by AK. The Commission’s recent announcement that “obstacles and red tape”, i.e., bureaucracy, should be eliminated, in order to achieve savings for companies to the detriment of social policy standards should be rejected decisively. Particularly, AK firmly rejects a ‘one in, one out’ principle, under which a new burden (or new law) is to be offset by removing an existing burden in the same policy area. Better regulation includes full transparency about whom the three law-making EU institutions have meetings with.

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