Netherlands to slash costs of green regulation

The Dutch government has taken another step in its campaign to slash environment-related regulatory burdens on business, announcing abolition of environmental permits for 20,000 industrial companies. By substituting the permits with new "general regulations" from 1 January 2007 firms' administative costs should fall by €216m per year, it says. The Dutch environment ministry should also realise cost savings, put at €161m per year. The government announced its intention to streamline and simplify environmental rules on industry last spring (EED 16/04/04). See press release and English translation.

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