Former Bavarian leader Edmund Stoiber was the EU's "Mr Red Tape", retiring after seven years of trying to reduce bureaucracy in the bloc. Before presenting his final report, he spoke of a "change of consciousness" in Brussels and called on member states to do their share to cut excessive regulation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
VoteWatch Europe has released its first-ever report examining national voting trends in the Council of the European Union. The survey provides new insights into the main areas of disagreement and could help reveal which member states are ‘most difficult’.
A special European Parliament inquiry committee urged the UK to compensate victims of the Equitable Life scandal, which incurred major financial losses for more than a million people. MEPs also said that the EU should put the necessary regulation in place to prevent such cases in the future.
The EU's Financial Services Action Plan (FSAP), intended "to bring greater competition and efficiency" is unlikely to work, according to Keith Boyfield, a London-based consultant writing in a Wall Street Journal article.
Making greater use of Regulations instead of Directives and imposing tougher non-compliance penalties may not be the solution to induce member states to improve their application of EU laws and policies, argue Dr Phedon Nicolaides and Helen Oberg (EIPA, Maastricht).