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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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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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Better Regulation Watchdog – Q&A

Thursday 21 May 2015

The Better Regulation Watchdog – a network of 55 organisations was launched on 18 May – a day before the European Commission presents its Better Regulation Package. UNI Europa took the initiative to form the network. UNI Europa’s Head of EU Affairs Christina Colclough explains the benefits of the Better Regulation Watchdog. Q: How did…

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Civil society groups form ‘Better Regulation’ Watchdog to protect citizen, worker and consumer rights

Friday 15 May 2015

More than 50 civil society organisations have joined forces to create the ‘Better Regulation Watchdog’ – a network to protect citizens’, workers’ and consumers’ rights. The network was launched today in Brussels, one day ahead of the expected announcement of the European Commission’s so-called ‘Better Regulation’ reforms. The network of organisations from around Europe is…

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