Stocktaking of the European Commission’s “Better Regulation Agenda”: Launch of the Online Consultation

The European Commission has been developing a comprehensive better regulation policy covering the whole policy cycle for over a decade. In 2015 the Juncker Commission made better regulation one of its top priorities. This was reflected in organisational changes within the Commission, work programmes with a renewed focus on key priorities and a mandate to go even further with better regulation at EU level. The result of that was the 2015 better regulation package, designed to promote a step-change in the regulatory culture of the EU.

Credits image: European Commission, COM(2017) 651

In the 2017 report on better regulation, the Commission announced a review of its better regulation policy. The aim of this review is to assess how well the various better regulation procedures and bodies used by the Commission are working in practice. The review draws on consultation activities to complement the evidence the Commission already has on how its better regulation policy and tools have worked. Consultation activities include: feedback on a roadmap published in May 2018; a survey of Commission staff; targeted consultation of specialist bodies including the Refit Platform and the Regulatory Scrutiny Board; online public consultation. The latter has been launched on 17th July 2018. Interested parties can contribute to this public consultation by filling out the online questionnaire.

(Fabrizio Di Mascio)