Following the commitment to improve citizens’ confidence, the European Commission Vice-President Günther Verheugen has decided to withdraw more than a third of the pending legislative proposals dated before the 1 January 2004.
The move is aimed to fight against the feeling that the European Union is a bureaucratic giant dealing with uncessary regulations. According to the European Commission, most of the proposals were either inconsistent with the Lisbon Strategy, or did not meet better regulation standards. Some were also outdated or stuck in the legislative process.
After a screening of the different proposals, the Commission proposed two kinds of actions: withdrawal (68 proposals) or maintaining the proposals (some with an extensive economic impact assessment: five proposals are concerned).
The following proposals are of particular interest:
1991/0386/COD: proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the statute for a European association;
SEC(90) 431: proposal for a Council regulation amending the regulation (EEC) No 438/89 concerning the export of certain dangerous chemicals;
2001/0188/CNS: proposal for a Council decision relating to the conclusion, on behalf of the Community, of the Protocal on Water and Health to the 1992 Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary watercourses and international lakes;
2003/0311/COD: proposal for a Council regulation on the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction;
1997/0027/COD: proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 79/112/EEC on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to the labelling, presentation and advertising of foodstuffs;
This initiative is part of a broader process to cut red-tape and better-regulated the European decision-making process.