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Climate change 15-12-2016

Nature laws saved by the people: An antidote to Europe’s crisis?

Environmental NGOs won a big campaign opposing the European Commission’s attempt to weaken the EU Nature Directives. This positive outcome may provide part of the answer to Europe's search for a new narrative, write Geneviève Pons and Andreas Baumüller.
Climate change 07-12-2016

EU decides against tinkering with flagship nature directives

After undergoing a much-criticised European Commission-helmed ‘fitness check’, the EU’s main nature directives have been ruled fit for purpose and will not be rewritten or weakened, in a huge win for environmentalists.
Circular economy 14-10-2016

The Brief: Is ‘better regulation’ getting better?

Is the European Commission’s 'better regulation' strategy getting, well, better? The REFIT program, where EU laws are called in for “fitness checks”, was touted as Brussels’ response to the accusation it was drowning Europe in red tape.
Climate change 15-06-2016

Commission research shows Nature Directives don’t need ‘better regulation’

EXCLUSIVE/ EU rules to protect birdlife and habitats – under threat from a review driven by the European Commission’s ‘better regulation’ strategy - are fit for purpose, according to leaked research that fuelled demands to leave the laws alone.

SMEs warn of ‘REACH leakage’ ahead of EU chemical review

A review of Europe’s REACH chemicals safety law, due in 2017, will look into the “cumulative costs” of the legislation on industry and small businesses in particular, according to a senior official at the European Commission.
Climate change 18-05-2016

Commission fails ‘Better Regulation’ test on Circular Economy Package

Better regulation, rather than providing better protection has served as an entry point for some business lobby groups to delay and weaken one of Europe’s major environmental policies, writes Magda Stoczkiewicz.

Chemicals ‘fitness check’ should improve EU legislation, not water it down

The scope of the European Commission’s Fitness Check on chemicals is limited to a comparison of the “hazard versus risk” approaches in chemicals legislation. This is misguided, writes Dolores Romano, who argues a hazard-based approach can help protect people and the environment while supporting innovation.
Frans Timmermans

‘Better Regulation’: Why Timmermans should go beyond the Regulatory Scrutiny Board

The need for robust, impartial evidence in impact assessment is understood by all. However, since its mandatory introduction in 2002, three key issues remain to be addressed - impartiality of evidence gathering, governance and scrutiny, writes Stijn Hoorens.

NGOs fear ‘better regulation’ could hurt environment

More than 100 environmental NGOs said on Tuesday (12 May) that they feared the European Commission may use its better regulation programme to cut nature protection laws. 
Luc Bas, Director of the Brussels office of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) [Photo: IUCN]

The environment cannot be an afterthought to the economy

How do we communicate the need for fundamental change beyond this group of environmentalists, scientists and progressive businesses? asks Luc Bas.
maternity leave

Draft EU law on maternity leave to be scrapped as ‘red tape’

The European Commission could kill a stalled EU directive on maternity leave under the pretext of "good legislative management”, sending alarm bells ringing among women’s rights groups.
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Economy & Jobs 25-10-2013

Commission proposes standard VAT declaration for EU companies

The European Commission presented on Wednesday a new proposal to standarise VAT return for business and companies across Europe. Aiming at slashing red-tape for businesses, ease tax compliance and make tax administrations across the Union more efficient, this new regulation can cut costs for EU businesses by up to €15 billion a year, according to the EU's executive.
Euro & Finance 25-10-2013

Commission proposed standard VAT return

Algirdas Šemeta, the European commissioner in charge of taxation, has proposed a uniform VAT return, in a move to simplify EU law.

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