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For other uses, see Gold plating (disambiguation).

Gold-plating is a term used in European Union law to describe the incorrect transposition of a European directive.

Gold-plating refers to the practice of national bodies exceeding the terms of European Union directives when implementing them into national law.[1] Concerning the effects business lobbyists argue in both directions. Some say that the government raises costs for businesses [2] while others depending on the concrete directive find a cost-improving effect for businesses.[3]

In Italy, gold-plating has often been used as a device to pass through controversial measures and to ensure a lower degree of parliamentary scrutiny, particularly in periods of weak government.[citation needed]

EU governments committed themselves to a deregulation agenda at the Lisbon Summit in 2000, and as a consequence the European Commission has supported more maximum harmonisation measures in recent years, which effectively prohibit gold-plating.

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  1. ^ "Better Regulation- Simplification". European Commission. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  2. ^ "Tories pledge to cut EU red tape". BBC News. 2004-08-18. Retrieved 2008-08-13. 
  3. ^