All stakeholders affected by possible EU action should have the opportunity to give their views about initiatives and the evidence and information that are used to support them, not only at an early stage when policy concepts are not yet precisely defined, but also later when more detailed provisions are drafted.
- The Commission should publish final draft texts and the draft impact assessments before the initiative is adopted.
- The Council and European Parliament should make better use of impact assessments, which should be updated to assess the impact of burdensome amendments.
- There should be more transparency about trilateral negotiations (‘trilogues’) between the Commission, Council and European Parliament in the legislative process.
There should be increased transparency about the reasons and impact of member state decisions to add requirements that negatively affect the single market, competitiveness and growth when they are transposing EU legislation.
Information about burdensome rules should be channelled through the REFIT platform; it should be ensured that stakeholder suggestions are subject to a response based on a comply-or-explain principle by the European Commission.