The Council approved a provisional agreement on better law-making reached with the European Parliament and the Commission. The agreement will improve the way the European Union legislates so that EU laws better serve citizens and businesses.
It will also ensure that EU legislation focuses on areas where it has the greatest added value for European citizens, and that laws are simple and clear. It aims at avoiding overregulation and reducing the administrative burdens for citizens and businesses, especially SMEs. The agreement provides for closer co-operation between the institutions, in particular in the area of legislative programming. It also gives greater weight to impact assessments of new initiatives, as well as to greater transparency and public consultation in the legislative process.
"The agreement on better law-making reflects the joint commitment of the EU institutions to make the life of citizens and companies easier. Laws need to be simple to understand and to implement, and that's precisely what the agreement seeks to ensure", said minister Nicolas Schmit, in charge of the negotiations on behalf of the Luxembourg presidency of the Council with the European Parliament and the Commission.