Ex-post review of EU legislation: a well-established system, but incomplete

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Series Details Number 16
Publication Date 12/06/2018
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Ex-post review of legislation is a key part of the EU Better Regulation policy, which aims at facilitating the achievement of public policy objectives at minimum cost and improving the added value of EU interventions.

We assessed whether the EU system of ex-post review of legislation had been properly planned, implemented, managed and quality-controlled, thereby contributing effectively to the Better Regulation cycle.

We found that the Commission’s current system of reviewing laws compares well overall with its equivalents in the Member States. However, we identified a number of weaknesses related mostly to the lack of common inter-institutional definitions regarding review clauses, the unclear treatment of some kinds of reviews as well as the lack of clarity of the Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) programme.

Source Link https://www.eca.europa.eu/en/Pages/DocItem.aspx?did=46063
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  • https://www.eca.europa.eu/Lists/ECADocuments/SR18_16/SR_BETTER_REGULATION_EN.pdf
  • http://publications.europa.eu/webpub/eca/special-reports/better-regulation-16-2018/en/
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ECA News, 12.06.18: Need for better interinstitutional cooperation on reviewing laws https://www.eca.europa.eu/en/Pages/NewsItem.aspx?nid=10233

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