Decision is third initiative of the EC’s REFIT programme to simplify regulation for Member States.
The EU Council has adopted a decision to reduce and consolidate EU environmental reporting legislation in order to decrease bureaucracy and costs as well as to simplify environmental reporting compliance for Member States.
This streamlining forms part of the regulatory fitness and performance programme (REFIT) which the European Commission (the Commission) established in 2014. The REFIT programme aims to remove out-of-date and unnecessary legislation relating to environmental monitoring and reporting as well as to improve communication between Member States and citizens so that information about the environment is shared more efficiently.
As part of this effort, the Commission set out its “repeal package” which was made up of three initiatives. The decision taken on 14 May 2018 was the third part of this initiative.