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October 23, 2018

EC issued a communication that sets out the changes it intends to introduce to the EU policy making process to focus its limited resources on a smaller number of activities and deliver on its political priorities more efficiently. The communication on how to strengthen the principles of proportionality and subsidiarity in EU decision-making also seeks to address the recommendations of the Task Force on subsidiarity, proportionality, and doing less, more efficiently.

The July 2018 report of the Task Force on subsidiarity, proportionality, and doing less, more efficiently had made nine recommendations, which covered the policy preparation processes of EC, the role of national Parliaments in scrutinizing EC proposals, and the legislative procedure. The report had found that a new way of working is needed to make better laws based on a common understanding of subsidiarity and proportionality across the policy cycle. Subsidiarity and proportionality are core elements of the EC better regulation agenda, which underpins how EC prepares its policy proposals.

EC, in its communication, is setting out how the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality will guide its future work and how they can further strengthen the EU policy making. EC will, for example, integrate the "subsidiarity grid" proposed by the Task Force into all its impact assessments and explanatory memoranda; the grid is a tool to guide the analysis of subsidiarity and proportionality in a structured way. This will also make it easier for national Parliaments to respect the timelines for submitting their opinions on draft proposals and will examine how to better collect and report on local and regional authorities' views in its public consultations. The REFIT Platform, which assesses the regulatory burden of existing EU laws, should also be reshaped to increase the presence of local and regional authorities and should widen its focus to look at subsidiarity and proportionality, in addition to its current focus on regulatory burden. EC will also ensure that relevant delegated and implementing acts are addressed systematically in its evaluations.

 

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