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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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From one generation to the next

Thursday 16 June 2016

by Christina Colclough, UNI Europa’s Head of EU Affairs Yesterday, I travelled to Bruges to meet young Europeans studying at the College of Europe. I had been invited to speak about Better Regulation, an issue UNI Europa is working on intensely. I wanted to give them the full picture, and took them back in history…

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An inclusive EU Skills Agenda – UNI Europa recommendations

Thursday 9 June 2016

Tomorrow, the European Commission will present its EU Skills Agenda. Here is what should drive the EU Skills Agenda from UNI Europa’s point of view: inclusion, anticipation and quality employment in a new world of work. UNI Europa Regional Secretary Oliver Roethig said “An inclusive Skills Agenda means offering and guaranteeing the access to education…

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The Innovation Principle – a new deregulatory tool?

Tuesday 31 May 2016

This week, the Council adopted their conclusions on Better Regulation and Competitiveness. In essence, the issue at stake is a renewed focus on the effects regulation has on companies’ innovation potential. As innocent, and even sensible, as this sounds, the Council conclusions also raise a number of warning signs. Firstly, innovation is spoken of as…

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Joint press release: Beware the “innovation principle”

Thursday 26 May 2016

Brussels, 26 May 2016 The Competitiveness Council on 26-27 May 2016 will discuss adopting an “innovation principle” for EU law-making. This would require the Commission to investigate the potential effect of legislation on research and innovation, during the “impact assessment” phase of the legislative process, before it is submitted to the Parliament and Council for…

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