Better Regulation refers to the top level EU strategy to ensure that EU legislation delivers on its objectives in the most effective and efficient way.
The European chemical industry supports the EU Better Regulation strategy. Regulation is a powerful instrument in the hands of EU Institutions and Member States to foster economic growth and social welfare. Ill-designed regulation can hamper industrial competitiveness and innovation in the chemical sector.
The Better Regulation Package
On 19 May 2015, the European Commission unveiled its Better Regulation Agenda together with a package of new measures and guidelines covering the entire policy cycle. The European chemical industry welcomes the package and looks forward to its implementation.
We particularly support efforts to ‘evaluate first’ existing legislation before launching new initiatives, as well as the commitment to systematically assess competitiveness impacts and to reduce existing burdens.
Our key recommendations
The European chemical industry needs a clear, consistent and predictable legal framework that is conducive to competitiveness and innovation without affecting high standards of health, safety and environmental protection.
To achieve this, Cefic calls on the EU Institutions and Member States to:
- make burden reduction results more tangible, via concrete targets. Today’s Better Regulation strategy does not ensure control over the total cumulated burden of legislation on business operators. Concrete targets under the REFIT Programme would set objectives against which progress could be measured.
- systematically appraise regulations' impacts on innovation. The analysis of EU initiatives’ impacts on innovation should be strengthened both ex-ante, before new initiatives are decided upon, and ex-post on existing legislation.
- extend better regulation principles to non-legislative initiatives. In the chemicals sector, new rules enter into force in the form of delegated and implementing acts (so-called ‘comitology’), soft law requirements and guidance documents. Such initiatives need to be evidence- and science-based.
Read the Cefic Position on Better Regulation: " Better Regulation for Better Results - an EU Agenda"