Clarifying Gold-Plating – Better Implementation of EU Legislation
The Board of Swedish Industry and Commerce for Better Regulation (NNR) and the Swedish Better Regulation Council (Regelrådet) have published a joint report with recommendations for how to improve implementation of EU legislation ‘Clarifying Gold-Plating – Better Implementation of EU Legislation’.
The term ‘to gold-plate’ is frequently used in regulatory contexts in the EU when national implementation of EU legislation exceeds what a legal act requires while staying within legality. There seems to be agreement that this practice can lead to increased costs, unnecessary regulatory burdens and competitive disadvantages for business, as well as a fractured single market. This in turn hampers growth and job creation. However, there are different understandings of what the concept gold-plating actually covers. Some people assign more to the concept, and others less. This uncertainty about how to define gold-plating was the starting point for NNR’s and the Swedish Better Regulation Council’s joint project.
The recommendations in the report are addressed to the Swedish Government but could be applicable in other EU Member States as well. The authors call for clarification on how the concept ‘gold-plating’ should be interpreted to allow for objective discussions on how to solve problems related to it. A clear definition would enable those responsible for implementation of EU legislation to explain and justify if and why gold-plating is used.
The full report is available here.
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Karin Atthoff, Senior Advisor, The Board of Swedish Industry and Commerce for Better Regulation
Tel: +46-8-762 7094
Linda Bodén, Case Officer, The Swedish Better Regulation Council
Tel: +46-8-405 14 96