Better Regulation Practices across the European Union 2022

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Laws and regulations affect the daily lives of businesses and citizens. It is important that they are designed in a way that takes account of their social, environmental and business impacts and ensures they remain relevant in today’s fast-changing context. The second edition of the Better Regulation Practices across the European Union report analyses recent developments and current practices for improving the quality of laws and regulations across all 27 EU Member States and the European Union. Using the OECD Indicators of Regulatory Policy and Governance, the report systematically assesses the use of evidence-based tools and stakeholder participation in the design and review of both domestic and EU laws and regulations, and provides a detailed assessment of the application of the proportionality principle. The report presents good regulatory practices and highlights areas that should receive further attention and investment.


General trends and institutional settings

The European Commission has invested heavily in improving its better regulation agenda and has steadily refined its approach to regulatory policy. This chapter summarises the European Union’s legislative procedure and explores some of the general trends of regulatory policy across the EU and its Member States. It also presents an overview of the use of key regulatory management tools by EU Member States in the development and transposition of EU legislation. This chapter discusses the EU Member States’ engagement in multiple layers of international regulatory co‑operation and, finally, reviews the institutional settings of regulatory oversight across EU Member States.


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