The Council today adopted conclusions entitled "Ensuring competitiveness and sustainable, inclusive growth".
In its conclusions, the Council stresses the importance of principle-based and rigorous impact assessments, taking into account both the costs and benefits. It expresses full support for an impartial regulatory scrutiny board within the Commission. It notes the Commission's intention to apply the so-called "one in, one out" instrument and highlights that this regulatory offsetting approach should not lower social and ecological standards while maximising the benefits of regulation for business and citizens. . It reiterates its commitment to the "think small first" principle and the need to systematically consult SMEs and micro-enterprises. It welcomes the announced replacement of the REFIT platform by the Fit-for-Future platform and calls on the Commission to ensure the visibility of the new platform. Finally, the Council underlines the importance of ex-post reviews and recalls the need for a set of minimum quality standards.