EU Commission Introduces Fit for Future (F4F) Platform to Simplify EU Laws

BRUSSELS – The European Commission is introducing the Fit for Future Platform (F4F), a "high-level expert group that will help the Commission in its efforts to simplify EU laws and to reduce related unnecessary costs."

In press statements it said that the effort is part of the Regulatory fitness and performance (REFIT) programme, and F4F will examine whether existing laws can achieve their objectives efficiently as the Commission tackles new challenges such as digitalisation.

"The Commission will take into account the Platform’s opinions to ensure EU laws help, not hinder, people and business, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)," it said, adding that the platform is chaired by the Commission’s Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, Maros Sefcovic. Once it is up and running, the public and interested entities will be able to contribute their opinions (Have your say – Simplify function).

The members of the new Platform will include representatives from EU member states' national, regional and local authorities, the Committee of the Regions, the European Economic and Social Committee and stakeholders representing business and non-governmental organisations. The SME Envoy network will provide input and will be represented in the plenary meetings of the Platform.


ATHENS - Development and Investments Minister Adonis Georgiadis attended a ceremony held at the Elefsina Shipyard to welcome the arrival on Friday of the first merchant ship - the supramax freighter "Star Cleo" built in 2013 - to dock there for repairs in almost five years.

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A frigid November  20th Sunday was a Greek derby day with the NY Pancyprian Freedoms playing the NY Greek Americans in the Metropolitan division of the Eastern Premier Soccer League  (EPSL) and in the Over 30 division of the  Long Island Soccer Football League (LISFL).

After a late goal from Asteras Tripolis New York, the Hellenic-American soccer team ended its fall regular season in a 2-2 draw against historic Cosma Damiano at College Point Field on last Sunday evening.

AL KHOR, Qatar. The United States frustrated England in a 0-0 draw on Friday for its second consecutive tie in the World Cup.

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