Here in the UK the government has decided to accept the recommendations of the Better Regulation Task Force to measure and make targeted reductions in the administrative costs - the red tape costs - that regulations impose on business.
Road testing the effects of regulation on European business must become second nature to the European Union.
And, in the past, it has been all too easy for legislators to load costs onto business in order to meet broader social goals. And costs for business means costs for consumers.
More than 50% of significant new regulations that impact on business in the UK now emanate from the EU.