On 5 March, representatives of think tanks, European institutions, national and regional governments, businesses and other stakeholders met at the CEPS Ideas LAB event to discuss the most pressing issues confronting the EU.
Rebooting the EU Better Regulation agenda was a subject at our community’s interest debated by Veronica Gaffey, Chair of the Regulatory Scrutiny Board of the European Commission, Wolfgang Hiller, Director of Impact Assessment and European Added Value at the European Parliamentary Research Services of the European Parliament, Hans Verheggen, Partner at Deloitte who focuses on transformation initiatives with the EU institutions and Andrea Renda, moderator and Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy at CEPS.
The session touched upon several topics, such as:
- The ‘One In, One Out’ approach – announced in the Political Guidelines of Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission – to ensure that newly introduced administrative burdens are offset by relieving people and businesses of equivalent administrative costs at EU level;
- the introduction of an EU Policy-Making Hub within the European Commission;
- the use of Impact Assessments and Evaluations as well as anticipatory and foresight policy-making elements;
- the assessment of costs and challenges in policy implementation; and
- the role of innovation, collaboration and data-driven approaches to move towards a more agile policy cycle.
The audience showed their interest by asking questions around the role and involvement of Member States in policy design, the importance of legal interoperability, exemplified by having common legal terminology, the consideration of soft law, experimental solutions and standards in policy-making activities as well as the importance of skills and knowledge transfer.
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