Gold-plating is a term relating to
European Union law, used particularly in the UK.
Gold-plating refers to the practise of national bodies exceeding the terms of
European Communitydirectives when implementing them into national law cite web|url=http://ec.europa.eu/governance/better_regulation/simplification_en.htm|title=Better Regulation- Simplification|publisher=European Commision|accessdate=2008-08-13] . In the United Kingdombusiness lobbyists argue that the government and its agencies often tag additional measures on to the back of European Directives which place UK business at a competitive disadvantage in relation to other EU states where directives are implemented more literallycite news|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3575556.stm|title=Tories pledge to cut EU red tape|date=2004-08-18|publisher=BBC News|accessdate=2008-08-13] .
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.
EU governments committed themselves to a
deregulationagenda at the Lisbon Summit in 2000, and as a consequence the European Commissionhas supported more maximum harmonisationmeasures in recent years, which effectively prohibit gold-plating.
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