Smart Regulation: The European Commission’s Updated Strategy

On 8 October 2010, the European Commission issued a communication paper on Smart Regulation in the European Union. The paper reports on progress made, future priorities and strategy in the field of regulatory reform, for the information of interested outsiders. It is the latest in a series of such communications, issued on a regular basis since the first major, systematic action plan in 2002.

However, this most recent communication comesat a time when the context has changed noticeably. First, the financial crisis sparked by the credit crunch has altered attitudes to regulation. More attention is now being paid to the effectiveness of regulation and its overall quality than before. The Communication acknowledges this and underlines that regulation is essential to ensure that markets deliver sustainable prosperity for all. Second, a number of the Commission’s tools have been in place for some time, allowing it to draw useful lessons from its own experiences as well as from those of other countries. Its impact assessment system recently underwent a major examination by the European Court of Auditors. They confirmed that the system is comprehensive and has been widely used and effective in supporting decision-making within the EU institutions, as well as suggesting certain improvements. Lastly, the Lisbon treaty is affecting European institutions in a variety of ways and has, for example, laid out a new role for national parliaments.

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Quelle: Issue 01/2011 (Februar 2011)
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