On 21 February 2012, Dr Edmund Stoiber, Chairman of the High Level Group of Independent Stakeholders on Administrative Burdens, presented a report on reducing administrative burdens to European Commission President JosÃ© Manuel Barroso, who congratulated the Group on its excellent work. The document identifies 74 examples of best practices and includes recommendations such as the incorporation of the smart regulation principles into the legislative processes of all EU Institutions and the use of the ''Comply or Explain'' approach, which aims to prevent gold plating by national authorities. In 2008, the Stoiber Group was given a mandate to assists the Commission on the implementation of the Action Programme for Reducing Administrative Burdens. This was prolonged in 2010 to identify areas of improvement as well as new courses of action to reduce red tape on businesses. The report of the High Level Group shows that there is ample room for improvement. It is important to note that roughly 30% of administrative burden on business from EU legislation is due to improper implementation at Member States level.
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