Commission 2024 Work Programme lacks the required ambition to improve EU regulatory framework

19 October 2023

The European Commission has unveiled ...

The European Commission has unveiled its 2024 work programme, named 'Delivering Today and Preparing for Tomorrow'. This comes at a significant moment in EU decision-making, just ahead of the Parliamentary elections next summer and the appointment of a new European Commission at the end of the year. Not surprisingly, the programme outlines plans to conclude all remaining legislation before the end of the current legislative period.  

The Commission’s work programme underscores the importance of trimming regulatory burdens and simplifying reporting obligations for businesses to help reverse the erosion of Europe’s global competitiveness. We welcome the recognition that Europe has a problem. Orgalim has consistently highlighted the damage to our industries’ competitiveness caused by the wave of disproportionate and often badly designed regulation adopted in the past years. Addressing this is at the heart of our priorities for the next legislative cycle. 

While the initiative announced in the Commission’s 2024 work programme is a first step in the right direction, a far more ambitious approach to removing intrusive, unclear and contradictory regulation is needed if the EU is serious about easing the regulatory burden for its businesses. 

"Our sectors alone sell goods and services worth some 3 trillion euros each year, and their profit margins are evaporating. The few billion euros of savings for European industry announced today will hardly move the needle", said Malte Lohan, Director General, Orgalim - Europe's Technology Industries.

  Our sectors alone sell goods and services worth some 3 trillion euros each year, and their profit margins are evaporating. The few billion euros of savings for European industry announced today will hardly move the needle. 

Malte Lohan

Europe’s technology industries remain committed to working with EU policymakers to lead the clean tech revolution and build a resilient, competitive and decarbonised European industrial base. 

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