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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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Quantitative targets and member state irresponsibility

Tuesday 1 December 2015

By Christina J. Colclough, Head of EU Affairs, UNI Europa On 26 November 2015, First-Vice President of the EU Commission Timmermans, received a letter signed by 19 EU member states. In it, the member states praise Mr Timmermans’ Better Regulation agenda and its focus on competitiveness, on the removal of ‘unnecessary burdens’ and on the…

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European Commission: Is this a small thing?

Friday 27 November 2015

In a recent “explanatory” publication on better regulation, the Commission openly mocks the ongoing efforts of social partners to implement a European Framework Agreement on health and safety in the hairdressing sector. The Commission, repeating its mantra of “The EU must not be big on small things” alongside with two images, one of them being…

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EU Commission mocks agreement to improve health & safety of hairdressers

Monday 16 November 2015

In a recent “explanatory” publication on better regulation, the Commission openly mocks the ongoing efforts of social partners to implement a European Framework Agreement on health and safety in the hairdressing sector. In the publication, the Commission repeats its mantra of “The EU must not be big on small things” alongside with two images, one…

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Better Regulation and the new IIA – A Threat to European Democracy?

Friday 2 October 2015

ÖGB Europabüro, the Brussels office of the Austrian Trade Union Federation, AK EUROPA, the Brussels office of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour and BEUC, the European consumer organisation, together with the Better Regulation Watchdog, a group of 63 trade union and civil society organisations, would like to invite you to our panel debate: Better…

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The Smartest Commission Ever?

Friday 3 July 2015

Back in 2014, when the new Commission had just taken office, UNI Europa sat down to analyse official documents, speeches and interviews in order to find out what we could be expecting. The analysis, which you can download here, was full of warning signs. Not only did the new President of the Commission introduce a…

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