How democratic is EU law-making?
The European Commission (EC) is currently working on the implementation of its Better Regulation Package and praises this initiative for its supposed potential to relief the burdens within the regulatory framework and the resulting economic growth including the promise of more jobs in Europe. After close examination, however, it becomes clear that the Better Regulation Package serves the interest of business first, disregarding social standards, environmental laws and democratic processes.
Sounds a lot like TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, only on EU scale? Yes it does. This initiative brings along the same pitfalls for transparency and ultimately for democracy as the recent initiatives to implement a free trade agreement between the EU and the USA.
Our video explains what the Better Regulation Package is about: how the Commission denies the right to intervene to large groups of stakeholders and how its First Vice President wields considerable power and is therefore undermining democracy in EU law making.