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The EU is a community founded on fundamental rights and the rule of law. This is one of Europe’s strengths and has made it a global leader and standard setter in many areas. European regulations are a safety net, designed to protect workers, citizens and the environment, and have drastically improved quality of life in Europe. However, nowadays regulation is portrayed by many, including a number of EU member states, as red tape and a burden.
In this paper we propose a set of key measures the EU should adopt to help fix the system as well a number of areas where urgent action is required.
On December 8, 2015 the high-level negotiation team consisting of representatives from the Commission, the European Parliament and the Council finalised the new inter-institutional agreement.
Reacting to the outcome of the negotiations Christina Colclough, UNI Europa explains: “The Better Regulation Watchdog is happy to see that many of our criticisms have been addressed. The result is a significant improvement to the Commission’s proposal from May 2015.
The Better Regulation Watchdog network has on 10 December 2015 sent an open letter to First Vice-President Timmermans in response to a recent letter signed by Ministers from 19 Member States. The signatories call for an EU wide target to cut regulatory burdens to businesses. Members of the Watchdog network agree that the EU needs reforming in order to rise to global challenges and develop new sources of productivity. But the letter outlines a number of reasons why setting a target to reduce the burden of regulation is the wrong approach.