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Author: BEUC

For better or for worse? The Commission and its ‘better regulation’ agenda

One of the Juncker Commission’s favourite catchphrases is to deliver ‘better regulation for better results.’ At the same time, it claims it will serve citizens and restore confidence in the European Union project. Unfortunately, recent developments suggest it is struggling to reconcile these grand statements. ‘Better regulation’ seems to lend itself to bad policy-making and to be at the expense of the rule of law and the protection of citizens. Cars and their emissions On car emissions, for example, the EU adopted a regulation back in 2007 setting limits on how much of the harmful air pollutants known as...

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Ending the deadlock on endocrine disruptors

Lately there has been a lot of talk in EU circles about endocrine disruptors. Endo-what you might ask? Let me break it down for you: Imagine you urgently need to call somebody with an important message. But no matter how often you try, the telephone line is always busy. Imagine you try again at a later stage, and you get through this time but, unfortunately, to the wrong person – or suddenly many different people are on the line all speaking at once so nobody understands what the others are saying. This is exactly what endocrine disruptors, also known...

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