The EU is making little progress in reducing bureaucracy.

EU-Kommissionspräsidentin Ursula von der Leyen Bild: dpa

Mehr als die Hälfte der Bürokratie kommt aus Brüssel. Familienunternehmen und der Mittelstand leiden darunter besonders. Kommissionspräsidentin von der Leyen hat Entlastung gelobt – tut sich aber schwer zu liefern.

DThe nervousness in the European Commission will be high again when President Ursula von der Leyen delivers her annual State of the European Union speech this Wednesday. A year ago, she surprised her colleagues in the Commission as well as the relevant officials with the announcement of a relief package for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

She has recognized the signs of the times. For years, the middle class, family businesses, and smaller companies have been complaining about high bureaucratic burdens. According to a Eurobarometer survey, 55 percent see this as the biggest obstacle to their business. Much of it is dependent on Brussels. The National Regulatory Control Council estimates that since 2015, 57 percent of regulations have had a European connection.