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10 June 2010

EESC advocates 28th regime

In a press release issued last week, the European Economic and Social Committee advocated offering businesses and consumers the right to choose common rules in certain sectors: the EESC's own-initiative opinion on "The 28th regime" (rapporteur Jorge Pegado Liz, Group III, Various Interests – Portugal), adopted at its May plenary session, is part of the EESCs contribution to discussions on "better lawmaking". The 28th regime, an optional instrument that leaves national legislation intact, constitutes an alternative to the traditional harmonisation approach by offering a set of common rules for national and cross-border trade.
We remember that the Monti report (May 2010) also backed the 28th regime option: "Harmonisation through regulations can be most appropriate when regulating new sectors from scratch and easier when the areas concerned allow for limited interaction between EU rules and national systems. In other instances, where upfront harmonisation is not the solution, it is worthwhile exploring the idea of a 28th regime, a EU framework alternative to but not replacing national rules. The advantage of the 28th regime is to expand options for business and citizens operating in the single market: if the single market is their main horizon, they can opt for a standard and single legal framework valid across Member States; if they move in a predominantly national setting, they will remain under the national regime". (p.93)
The EESC also publishes on its site full information on self regulation and co regulation, and a comprehensive table of useful links, in a site managed by the Single Market Observatory. Experts should particularly check out past opinions of the EESC on better regulation(2008), better application of EU law, simplification.
Reminder: the Committee of Regions also publishes interesting opinions on these subjects, containing a lot of information, see recent post on this blog. (with JP Faure).

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