What is at stake?
Against the background of global competition challenges, the European agenda for better regulation is just what is needed. It aims to bring about further simplification and improvement of the legislative framework. In this way, it makes an indispensable contribution to acceptance of the EU among citizens.
Priorities of German Business
Impact assessments should be carried out by an independent body comprising external experts. This ensures the greatest possible transparency and objectivity.
The EU institutions should verify all legislative and non-legislative proposals as well as substantive changes during the legislative procedure for their impact on competitiveness (competitiveness check) and capacity for innovation (innovation principle).
When consulting stakeholders, particular attention should be paid to choosing the right target audience and to ensuring the right weighting of stakeholders in terms of both quality and quantity.
The role and autonomy of social partners should be respected, not only in the framework of impact assessments but also in consultations. Informal trilogue negotiations should be more transparent.
The REFIT programme for simplification of existing EU legislation should be strengthened.
To prevent unnecessary regulatory burden and costs, the Member States should be obliged to declare where and why national transposition measures go beyond the requirements of EU legislation (“gold plating”).