COM (2009) 15 – Communication on the Third strategic review of Better Regulation in the European Union
Over the last four years, the Commission has made significant progress in implementing its better regulation agenda. It is simplifying legislation that is already on the books to ensure that it is up to date and more accessible. To ensure that new legislation and policies are of the highest quality possible, it has rolled out a wide-ranging and ambitious impact assessment system. This Communication reviews where progress has been made and highlights areas where further efforts are necessary.
In its conclusion, the Commission maintains that now that the European Union and its Member States are facing important challenges in addressing the current economic and financial situation, better regulation must remain an essential part of the response – regulating where there is a need to do so, as straightforward as possible, based on dialogue with stakeholders, and in a way that keeps burdens on businesses and citizens to the minimum necessary. The experience with better regulation over the last four years will provide a good basis on which to confront new challenges. The Commission concludes that it has identified next steps which require continued efforts and the on-going political support of the other European institutions, the Member States, local and regional authorities, and stakeholders.
Source: MEUSAC Competitiveness and Consumer Affairs Committee