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Better Regulation Package - EFFAT denounces threat to social and environmental standards

03/07/2015

EFFAT has published its position paper on the better Regulation package released by the European Commission and highlights its concern over a potential dismantle of labour, social and environmental standards.

EFFAT generally agrees with some of the supposed objectives of the Better Regulation initiative. EFFAT is in favor of a simpler and more efficient EU legislation insofar as this does not result in a lowering of existing social and environmental standards. EFFAT also agrees with the fact that business in general should not be subject to unnecessary bureaucracy or conflicting legislation. However, EFFAT denounces that the Better Regulation Package of the EU Commission does not achieve any of its declared aims and, on the contrary, calls into question important piece of legislations that contribute to create the social model that have positively distinguished Europe for decades. Furthermore, more red tapes and bureaucracy seem to be erected in the legislative procedure and there is a clear attack on the democratic decision making process, making more difficult for the EU’s elected institutions to influence Commission proposals. Moreover, the program seems to be only focused on making EU legislation less burdensome for business. EU law should be evaluated according to its quality and its effectiveness in protecting employees, civil society and consumers; not just considering the quantity of legislations and their administrative or economic costs. EFFAT regrets that the Better Regulation package puts the needs of business above all: This imbalanced approach will never deliver an efficient or high-performance EU law.

EFFAT is the European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions. As a European Trade Union Federation representing 120 national trade unions from 35 European countries, EFFAT defends the interests of more than 22 million workers towards the European Institutions, European employers’ associations and transnational companies. EFFAT is a member of the ETUC and the European regional organisation of the IUF.