In the wake of its ambitious promise to be ‘big on big things and small on small things’, the European Commission recently unveiled a strategy for streamlining the policymaking process.
By promising to change ‘what the Union does and how it does it’, the Commission’s Better Regulation Package aims to improve the efficiency and accountability of the legislative process by means of greater openness, inclusiveness and substantiated expertise.
The main changes include an online consultation platform to track new initiatives and evaluate existing policies, a strengthened Regulatory Fitness and Performance Programme to better assess the most serious sources of legislative inefficiency, a beefed up Impact Assessment Board – renamed Regulatory Scrutiny Board – to monitor impact assessments, as well as a proposal for a new interinstitutional agreement on Better Regulation.
It is against this backdrop that the European Journal of Risk Regulation (EJRR) took the initiative to host a special issue focusing on the impact of the Better Regulation Package on EU policymaking.
The special issue features my recent article titled How Much Better Is Better Regulation? Assessing the Impact of the Better Regulation Package on the European Union – A Research Agenda.
The article, available on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) platform, can be downloaded here.
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