New EU laws will be introduced in ‘one in, one out' move

The Commission suggests simplifying public consultations by introducing a single ‘Call for Evidence'

Photo: EU Maroš Šefčovič.

For fostering recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the Commission is stepping up efforts to simplify EU legislation and reduce its burden. The EU executive adopted on Thursday a Communication on Better Regulation, proposing several improvements to the EU law-making process.

According to Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, the Commission already has one of the best Better Regulation systems in the world, as noted by the OECD. “But we still need to do more,” he said.

VP Šefčovič explained that simplification of the EU legislation will be proposed, while making better use of strategic foresight and supporting sustainability and digitalisation.

It is of key importance the cooperation among the EU institutions, with Member States and stakeholders, including social partners, businesses and civil society.

As to help face current and future challenges, the Commission has proposed several actions, among them removing obstacles and red tape that slow down investments and building of 21st century infrastructure, working with Member States, regions and key stakeholders.

It also suggested simplifying public consultations by introducing a single ‘Call for Evidence', on the improved Have Your Say portal.

The EU executive is introducing a ‘one in, one out' approach, to minimise burdens for citizens and businesses by paying special attention to the implications and costs of applying legislation, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises. It ensures that any newly introduced burdens are offset by removing equivalent burdens in the same policy area.

Other action is mainstreaming the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, to ensure that all legislative proposals contribute to the 2030 sustainable development agenda.

Next move is improving the way in which Better Regulation addresses and supports sustainability and digital transformation.

The Commission is also proposing integrating strategic foresight into policymaking to ensure it is fit for the future, by taking into account emerging megatrends in the green, digital, geopolitical and socio-economic contexts, for example.

Some of the new elements of this proposal have already started in practice, such as the work of the Fit for Future Platform. It provides advice on ways to make EU legislation easier to comply with, efficient and fit for the future. Others will be implemented till the end of 2021.

In the pipeline this year will be the 2020 Annual Burden Survey, outlining the results of the Commission's burden reduction efforts and the revised Better Regulation guidelines and toolbox, among others.

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