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EU rules: learning the best from our neighbours

mikkel pØdenphant | djøfbladet | 25 september 2015

PA government expert, Mikkel Pødenphant, has had a byline article published in DJØF magazine discussing how a more standardised approach to implementing EU legislations will help the government’s ambition to save DKK 3 billion before 2020.

Mikkel writes: “The Danish government should learn from experiences within areas such as animal welfare or food legislation, where the government eased regulations by comparing Danish implementation of EU legislation with other EU countries.”

According to Mikkel, three critical success factors must be fulfilled to meet the government’s ambition. Firstly, it requires a close dialogue with the business community as they are affected by EU legislations – especially when operating across the EU.

Secondly, the Danish government should focus on the administration of the legislation. Basing their study on a number of EU countries can create an international frame of reference that can clarify the consequences of a Danish implementation. Thirdly, the overall goal for the study should be concrete and politically marketable initiatives that can simplify and modernise the legislation.

Mikkel adds: “Considering the Danish government’s previous initiatives, the neighbour check method should be a central part of the government’s approach.”

Mikkel Pødenphant is a government expert at PA Consulting Group

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