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Assessing administrative burdens and simplification potential

The assessment of positive or negative effects on administrative burden on businesses, citizens or public administrations resulting from EU legislation should begin with a full mapping of information obligations for each of the options. This mapping should show how policy options differ in terms of information obligations. You should then determine which are likely to impose significant administrative burdens (usually through a qualitative assessment of the likely number of entities concerned as well as the frequency and complexity of required actions). Significant burdens should then be roughly quantified (monetary estimates) on the basis of the EU ‘Standard Cost Model’.
This can be done through reasoning by analogy, with the help of the ‘Administrative Burdens Calculator’ and the ‘EU database on Administrative Burdens’. A greater level of detail is expected for the monetary assessment of administrative burdens stemming from the preferred option. In cases where the reduction of the administrative burden is an explicit objective, the effects should be quantified using the EU Standard Cost Model.
For policy options that entail new information obligations, you should indicate in the IA how this information contributes to the effectiveness of the option in achieving the objectives. You should always consider alternative options that do not lead to additional information obligations. It is important that the analysis of the impacts clarifies the trade-offs between information obligations and the principal objectives of the proposal.
All policy options should be assessed for coherence with the better regulation objective that EU legislation should be made simpler and more transparent. For proposals which are included in the Rolling Programme for simplification, and for which an IA is carried out, the IA should provide a qualitative description and where possible a quantitative estimate of the simplification benefits for businesses, citizens and national, regional or local administrations. The IA analysis should specify the extent to which each of the policy options achieves this simplification, and the difference that this will make in practice. When a piece of legislation is being simplified and at the same time updated with new rules, you should analyse the simplification aspects and the new elements separately, and then assess the aggregate effect.

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