The new European Commission (EC) communication on "Better regulation: Joining forces to make better laws" sets the scene for better law-making in the European Union and enhances the EC's commitment to make its policymaking processes more transparent, inclusive and efficient. The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) welcomes that the Commission commits to involve local and regional authorities more effectively along the entire policy-cycle, and that it acknowledges the need to develop a territorially sensitive approach to legislation.
acknowledges the place of local and regional authorities at the heart of
better law-making by acknowledging the role and relevance of Territorial
Impact Assessments (TIAs) as valuable tools for complementing EC ex ante
impact assessments (IAs). Moreover, it confirms the highlighted role for
local and regional authorities for the EU's legislative review process
which was already acknowledged with the establishment of
the Fit for Future Platform (F4F)
in May 2020. More concretely, the EC emphasises in the communication the
role of the
three CoR representatives
who have been appointed to the government group of F4F, and the role of
the CoR's Network of Regional Hubs (RegHub)
as an expert sub-group of the Platform. This is particularly important in
light of the overall enhanced role for evaluations in the EC's better
regulation regime. These positions acknowledge that local and regional
authorities play a crucial role for implementing, enforcing and finally
evaluating EU policies on the ground. The CoR further welcomes the
Commission's intention to systematically use the
CoR Subsidiarity assessment grid
to help assessing whether legislation at EU level is justifiable or not.
Mark Speich (DE/EPP)
, Secretary of State for Federal, European and International Affairs for
the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia, chair of the CoR commission on
Citizenship, Governance, Institutional and External Affairs ( CIVEX),
and one of the three CoR representative in the F4F Platform said:"
I welcome the progress that is being made, particularly with the Fit
for Future platform and the Subsidiarity assessment grid. This is a
step in the right direction. If we take this positive development a
step further, I believe it could result in a standing monitoring
committee that would permanently review not only future but also
existing legislation and legislative effectiveness from the perspective
of regional implementation"
With regard to the operationalisation of the new communication and its
objectives, the CoR looks forward to seeing the updated
guideline for better regulation and the better regulation toolbox
which are the central tools for the implementation of the EC's better
law-making efforts and the mean to account for the principles of
subsidiarity and proportionality in EU policymaking.
A COR opinion on the EC communication on Better regulation will be drafted
Piero Mauro Zanin (IT/EPP),
alternate CoR member and President of the Regional Council of
Friuli-Venezia Giulia. It will be adopted on 28 September at the CIVEX
commission meeting and in the CoR Plenary on 1-2 December 2021.
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