Better law-making: new inter-institutional agreement will improve legislative transparency

During its plenary session in Strasbourg on Wednesday, the European Parliament adopted by an overwhelming majority the inter-institutional agreement on better law-making reached between the Council, the Commission and the Parliament.

The parliament was represented in negotiations by Guy Verhofstadt, the ALDE Group President. The agreement strengthens co-operation between the European institutions in order to deliver more transparent and workable legislation, notably by better taking into account the results of impact assessments in the legislative process. The Parliament will also be granted a strengthened comitology role.

Pavel Telicka, former EU Commissioner and ALDE Group Vice-President, who has been campaigning in his country for more simplified EU legislation, said: “I very much welcome the conclusion of this inter-institutional agreement, which was one of our priorities during this mandate and I appreciate the fact that our group was the leading one throughout the negotiations.”

“Some elements are lacking, but crucial points such as better impact assessments, more transparency and the creation of an Annual Burden survey are present. If correctly implemented, this agreement will improve EU regulation and decrease the administration burden for our businesses”.

Pavel Telička also discussed the agreement on better regulation during Tuesday’s debate in the plenary.

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