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The Davidson Review on Implementation of EU legislation

28 November 2006

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At the CBI conference on 28 November 2005, the Chancellor asked Lord Neil Davidson QC, to work with departments to conduct a full audit of all areas where gold plating of European regulation has led to additional burdens and to address and simplify these areas, where possible. Lord Davidson was also requested to produce rigorous enforcement guidelines prohibiting future inappropriate gold plating of European legislation.

The Review undertook a call for evidence, which was open between 3 March and 25 May 2006. A summary of responses to the call for evidence was published on 19 July 2006 (link below). The Review team drew from the evidence submitted and conducted further analysis.

At the Autumn 2006 CBI conference, Lord Davidson reported to the Chancellor with conclusions to the review on Implementation of EU legislation and also put forward a series of recommendations to address specific areas where over-implementation had been identified. The final report sets out that that inappropriate over-implementation of European legislation is not as widespread as sometimes claimed. Furthermore generic recommendations have been produced to ensure that the UK has one of the most robust systems in the EU for implementing European legislation in the least burdensome way. These reforms will also further strengthen the UK competitive position in the global economy.

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