Today, First Vice-President Frans Timmermans presented his Better Regulation Package. ESBA welcomes the Better Regulation Agenda drafted by First VP Timmermans and his team. ESBA has been pushing for Better Regulation to be taken more seriously for years. The Vice-President's recent efforts show commitment by the Commission to push the agenda forward. However, ESBA does have some remarks:
On the Regulatory Scrutiny Board:
We welcome the fact that there will be three external experts, though we would prefer a fully independent RSB. We are disappointed about the fact that the RSB will not review legislation on its contents but merely assess the quality of the Impact Assessments.
On secondary legislation:
ESBA welcomes the idea of a four-week window to comment on published delegated and implementing acts. The opaque nature of both acts has been a thorn in ESBA's eye. 4 weeks is not a lot of time to response and it will be very difficult to consult members within this short time frame but making the contents of the acts pubic is a step forward.
On the REFIT platform:
ESBA welcomes further development of the REFIT initiative in the form of a new 'REFIT platform'. We do however urge the Commission to ensure that all major EU business organisations are involved in the process.
On social partners:
ESBA urges the Commission to ensure that the social dialogue is subject to the same type of regulatory scrutiny and transparency as those emanating form the Commission itself.