Keywords: EU regulation and law; Better regulation; One in one out policy; Gold-plating.
The author examines the development of the Better Regulation
Agenda launched by the European Commission since the late 1990s.
Three main evolutions are emphasised: the gradual shift towards establishing
a direct link between the regulatory environment and competitiveness,
growth, jobs, and small and medium enterprises (SMEs); the
extension of simplification and reduction of the regulatory and administrative
burdens to the entire acquis communautaire, including the implementation
of EU law at the national and subnational level (REFIT); and
the introduction of the so-called “one in one outµ policy by the current
European Commission. In the final part of the paper, the author outlines
some proposals to redefine the EU Better Regulation Agenda in order to
link it to the fundamental values of the EU.