The EU’s ‘Better Regulation’ agenda sets out the processes the Commission follows for assessing impacts, consulting citizens and stakeholders, and ensuring coherence when designing new policies and evaluating the application of existing laws. What the Better Regulation rules prioritise has an impact on the shape and ambition of the Commission’s proposals.
The long-delayed communication sets out the changes that will be made to the existing Better Regulation agenda, notably the introduction of a ‘one in, one out’ approach for policy-making, which reinforces the already predominant focus of the Commission on burden and cost reduction.
However, it also commits to mainstreaming the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in all impact assessments, as well as undertaking a 'do no significant harm' analysis in relation to the European Green Deal. These can be positive steps, which must not be undermined by the Commission’s emphasis on cost and burden reduction embodied in 'One in, one out'.