Communication on Better regulation: Joining forces to make better laws

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Series Details COM (2021) 219
Publication Date 29/04/2021
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Communication published by the European Commission on 29 April 2021, setting out a plan for improving the European Union's law-making process.

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The Better Regulation Agenda was adopted by the European Commission in 2015, aimed at transforming its internal working methods and planning processes. In 2019, a stocktaking was carried out on the Agenda, confirming that the system functioned broadly well but also identifying the need for some improvements to reflect experience. As a result, this Communication suggests a number of improvements to the Agenda. It includes:

  • Removing obstacles and red tape that slow down investments and infrastructure;
  • Simplifying public consultations with the introduction of a single Call for Evidence;
  • Introducing a One in, One out approach to minimise burdens;
  • Mainstreaming the UN Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs);
  • Improving the way in which Better Regulation addresses and supports sustainability and digital transformation;
  • Integrating strategic foresight into policymaking.
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European Commission: Better Regulation: why and how
European Commission: Press Release, 29/04/2021: Better Regulation: Joining forces to make better EU laws and to prepare for the future
European Commission: Questions and Answers on the Better Regulation Communication (29 April 2021)
European Commission: Speech by Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, at the press conference on Better Regulation (29 April 2021)

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