Better Regulation – Mining for gold in EU legislation

Brussels, 18 May 2015. On 19 May 2015, the European Commission will present its Better Regulation Package, which will outline measures aiming to deliver better results for citizens and businesses through better EU rules.

Ahead of this important decision, the Coalition for Energy Savings has sent letters to European Commission’s Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President for Better Regulation and Catherine Day, Secretary-General.

The letter encourages the Commission to increase the quality and transparency of impact assessments and consultation processes, highlights the problems with the EU energy modelling and impact assessment processes used for the 2030 energy efficiency framework, and suggests improvements to be addressed by the better regulation initiative.

The letter also states that Member States’ freedom to deploy the most suitable and additional measures to achieve objectives and targets should be maintained - therefore the Commission should not urge them not to go beyond EU minimum requirements (“gold-plating”).

 

More information

  • Coalition letter to Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President for Better Regulation, European Commission, and to Catherine Day, Secretary-General, European Commission

 

Monday, 18 May, 2015