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On 19 May 2015, the European Commission presented a 700+ page package of documents. They describe the principles to which European legislation must adhere, as well as the processes leading up to making or revising EU legislation. The package is aimed at improving the conditions for Europe’s small and medium-sized companies by “cutting red tape” and “removing unnecessary burdens”. UNI Europa has criticised the package for its lack of commitment to social conditions, for its favouritism of industry needs, and for the Commission’s attempt to de-democratise the legislative process.
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Video: How transparent is EU law making?

Wednesday 30 March 2016

The Better Regulation Package under the looking-glass The European Commission’s “Better Regulation Package” makes significant changes to the lawmaking process in Europe. However, this package reveals significant pitfalls for democratic processes. The Commission’s Better Law-Making lacks full transparency, is still open for industry-bias and gives unpresented power to the Commission’s First Vice President, Mr Timmermans….

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Better Regulation – it really isn’t

Thursday 10 March 2016

published on Euractiv on 9 March 2016 by Oliver Roethig, Regional Secretary When the European Commission introduced its ‘Better Regulation Agenda’’ in May last year, for a moment I allowed myself to think this could actually lead to better law-making for all. Then suspicion settled in. The agenda claimed to ensure that the design of…

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Better Regulation – it really isn’t

Tuesday 1 March 2016

UNI Europa, the European services workers union, launched a campaign today under the slogan “Better Regulation – It Really Isn’t.” The campaign is supported by the entire European trade union movement: ETUC, EFFAT, IndustriALL Europe, EPSU, ETF Europe, CSEE-ETUCE, EFBWW and the IFJ. The campaign showcases how the European Commission is stalling important social legislation…

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Last Chance Social Europe?

Thursday 11 February 2016

By Christina J. Colclough, Head of EU Affairs Let’s face it, the European Commission, which came to office under the President’s warning that this is the Commission of the Last Chance, has little – if any – interest in strengthening worker’s rights in Europe. Indeed, roughly 5 months into their term, the First Vice-President of…

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Constructive discussion with Commissioner Thyssen

Tuesday 26 January 2016

On 25 January, UNI Europa representatives, lead by Regional Secretary Oliver Roethig, met with Commissioner Marianne Thyssen to discuss recent developments in Europe concerning social affairs and employment. At the meeting, the UNI Europa representatives highlighted the challenges in the new world of work due to rapid technological changes. UNI Europa has been one of…

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